About The Scholar House
Northern Kentucky Scholar House is a comprehensive self-sufficiency program that provides affordable housing, child development services, and case management support for single parents as they pursue a degree in higher education. This property consists of 42-two bedroom units and 6-three bedroom apartments and a high-quality child development center on the same campus.
Single parents enrolled in Northern Kentucky Scholar House and attending school are offered support in:
1. Housing, where Section 8 subsidy will keep housing costs low for 48 apartments.
2. Educational and economic support program, where parents connected with other existing economic supports, such as childcare assistance, food stamps, work study programs, financial aid, and provided life skills consisting of on-site workshops and activities that support parents in their roles as students, parents, heads of household, and future employees.
3. On-site Child Care, where children from 6 weeks to school age receive care in an enriching environment (licensed and STAR rated Center) while the parent is in school.
Who Gets Priority?
Applicants Meeting all the Criteria Below are given top priority for this development:
•Individuals at least 18 years of age
•A single parent with primary custody of their child/children
•A full-time student or admitted for full-time enrollment in an approved post-secondary institution (NKU, Gateway Community & Technical College, Cincinnati State)
•Agree to attend life skills workshops and monthly meeting with a case manager
•Children under the age of 5 must enroll in the Scholar House Child Development Center
•Must be eligible for Section 8 subsidized housing
•Must be highly motivated
Why We Do It
Research suggests that post-secondary education is increasingly important to obtain a job that offers family-supporting wages, but significant challenges to college completion face students who are also parents. Research has also demonstrated a connection between maternal education and child outcomes. The two-generation approach of Scholar House invests in educational opportunities for both parents and children together, each reinforcing the other.
This model is a comprehensive, best-practice program committed to excellence and innovation. There are currently seven other Scholar House projects in the Commonwealth of Kentucky with the founding program in Lexington. Kentucky Housing Corporation collects necessary data on all the projects to track participation and results. Last fiscal year, the existing seven Scholar Houses served 553 families, with 79 adults earning a degree.
Northern Kentucky Scholar House is strategically located near the urban campus of Gateway Community and Technical College and on the bus line for access to Northern Kentucky University and other post-secondary institutions. Many partners are coming together to ensure broad community support and a strong pipeline of parents who will benefit from this opportunity. Other partners include the Kentucky Housing Corporation, Cincinnati State, HeadStart, LISC, and local high schools.
The regional importance of this project relates to our ability to educate a workforce for tomorrow, including our most vulnerable citizens. The Scholar House Project provides the support and pathway to labor market success for those who, traditionally, have experienced many barriers to complete education beyond high school. Not only will parents be able to pursue skills and complete their studies to improve their economic security and stability, but simultaneously they will be ensuring their children are on a path from the earliest age to engage in lifelong learning.
*Northern Kentucky Scholar House is a collaborative project offered by Brighton Center and the Neighborhood Foundations.
DEDICATION OF "NURTURE"
AN ORIGINAL WORK OF ART BY NKU STUDENT JESSICA HOLTMAN
With an idea born in 2016, NKU spacial arts student Jessica Holtman began working on a piece of public art for the Northern Kentucky Scholar House.
Ms. Holtman took time to hear from the Scholar House staff and residents as she conceived of the project. Her final work "Nurture", reflects their voices as well as her own. Thank you Jessica!