Close to 50 students and their children have taken up residence in the Scholar House of Paducah. The new 48-unit low-income apartment complex provides housing for unemployed and underemployed Kentuckians working on their post-secondary education. It’s a partnership between Paducah Junior College foundation, Murray State University, Daymar College and Mid-Continent University.
Scholar House Director Debbie Toon says Scholar House is more than a housing complex. It’s also an educational program.
“We have an on-site daycare and an onsite computer lab and an onsite community center. While they’re living here, they have to be part of the residence council, they have to attend workshops to learn to how to be more effective adults, more productive, self-sufficient adults, how to be good parents, good citizens, good employees," said Toon.
Among Scholar House qualifications, students must take 12 credit hours a semester, and maintain a “C” average. Toon says a few similar programs are already in place across the state, including locations in Bowling Green, Owensboro, Lexington, and Louisville.