Eastern Scholar House Dedication and Ribbon Cutting Today

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In the heart of Eastern Kentucky University’s campus today, the brand new Eastern Scholar House Program held its ribbon cutting ceremony and dedication. The unique housing program, one of 12 statewide, seeks to find affordable housing for single parents who are in the process of getting a degree from Kentucky colleges or Universities.

Two of the scholar program single mothers were filled with gratitude as they spoke about the opportunities they now have that the Scholar Program came to Richmond, and the on-site child development center that their children will attend, beginning next Friday.

The beautiful green space that was freshly sown was filled with a large crowd, and groups of children who enthusiastically cut the ceremonial ribbon with safety scissors.

President of EKU Michael Benson was one of 12 speakers that took to the stage, and remarked how beautiful the space was, and how great of an opportunity this is for the students and their children.

This location is unique as it is in the middle of campus, whereas other Scholar House Programs such as those at UK and U of L are off campus sites.

Mayor of Richmond Jim Barnes also addressed the crowd, and said that programs like this lay the future for children to change the country, as children model after their parents when they witness how hard they work in school.

Eastern Scholar House is a collaboration between FAHE, the University, the City of Richmond, Ky river foothills, and multiple other groups. There are currently 39 units that are housing single parents as they pursue their dreams in higher education.