Features — 27 September 2012
Murray State partners locally to promote higher education to Scholar House clients

A new addition to home décor welcomes Scholar House residents as they pass through the commons room. Murray State University’s office of regional outreach donated a print identifying the 10 characteristics of an MSU graduate to the Paducah Scholar House last week.

Scholar House is a housing and education initiative that enables the head-of-household to reach self-sufficiency. The housing and education components are operated as one unit, with housing dependent upon the client’s successful participation in the education. The Paducah location is one of many Kentucky Scholar Houses already in operation throughout the state. The Kentucky Housing Corporation, Paducah Housing Authority, Wabuck Development Company Inc. and West Kentucky Community and Technical College made Scholar House construction possible along with the support of the city of Paducah and McCracken County.

Gina Winchester, office of regional outreach executive director, currently serves on the board of director’s for the Scholar House. Winchester represents Murray State University along with representatives from other postsecondary education institutions in the region. Murray State is in good company with partners like West Kentucky Community and Technical College, Mid-Continent University and Daymar College.

Participants must be at least 18 years of age, be eligible for Housing Choice Voucher, and be full-time students in a degree or specialty institution of higher learning. Single parents are given first priority. Program participants are given counseling, workshops, and support from neighbors and staff, while fulfilling academic course work as full-time students. The Murray State University “Racer Nation” got a little larger recently with four Scholar House residents enrolling in classes. Murray State anticipates more students interested in transitioning from two-year to four-year degrees.

Anyone interested in participating in the Scholar House should contact the program director, Debbie Toon, at 270-450-4219 or scholarhouse@hotmail.com.

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