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Louisville Scholar House Groundbreaking

Thursday November 8, 2007

Louisville Scholar House

  • Scholar House is a single-parent housing and education initiative administered by Kentucky Housing Corporation. The program is designed to help unemployed or underemployed single-parents pursue an education to become self-sufficient.

  • "This community partnership will allow many people to continue their education who otherwise would be unable to do so. The University of Louisville is pleased to play a role in its development," says UofL President James Ramsey. "In addition, our faculty will provide expertise that will ensure a strong educational experience to the children of these students. This will benefit not only the families involved, but also the Louisville community and the commonwealth for many years to come."

  • When completed, the Scholar House will contain 56 apartments for parents (and their children seeking post-secondary education.  Project Women and its administrative partner, Kentucky Housing Corporation, will own and operate the facility, while a child development center adjacent to the apartments will be managed by the College of Education and Human Development of the University of Louisville.

  • The new structures will provide a stable living environment and space for participants to learn basic life skills, such as health maintenance, parenting, work and job-search techniques, already included in Project Women's programs.

  • "The Scholar House will be more than just apartments for single parent families," says Mayor Jerry Abramson. "It will be a physical representation of hope, dignity, and pride as these students complete their degrees and strengthen their families' futures."

  • Participants in Scholar House will attend workshops on health maintenance, parenting skills, management of family resources, nutritional knowledge, problem solving, work skills and job-search techniques. They will receive continuous support from neighbors and staff while fulfilling academic or vocational training course work as a full-time student.

  • "Imagine a place that low-income parents and children can call home while the parents earn a college degree and receive support for their personal, family and educational goals," urges Cathe Dykstra, Executive Director of Project Women. "Through Project Women and its partnership with the University of Louisville and Kentucky Housing Corporation, Louisville Scholar House is that place."


Project Women is a collaborative organization that provides housing to single parents who are experiencing homelessness and supports them in obtaining post-secondary education, enabling them to break the cycle of poverty for themselves and their children. Since incorporating in 1995, the not-for-profit organization has provided housing and support to mothers and children enabling participants to earn a total of 19 college degrees. More information about the program can be found at 
or (502) 584-8090.


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 Louisville, KY (October 26, 2007) Officials attended a groundbreaking ceremony for the Louisville Scholar House, a partnership among Project Women, University of Louisville and the Kentucky Housing Corp. Louisville Scholar House will be a 56-unit development that will provide housing for single mothers trying to earn their college degrees at UofL and other local colleges and universities.