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Pikeville Scholar House taking applications

By: Whitney Burks Email
By: Whitney Burks Email

PIKEVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - It is designed to help single parents further their education, and it will soon be a reality for many.

The scholar house in Pikeville is one of only nine in the state--a place where single parents can live, study and care for their children.

They broke ground on the Scholar House in downtown Pikeville last October, and they say within a year's time they are now ready to start taking applications for the very first residents.

45 apartments still in progress, but not for long, and they are no ordinary apartments.

"Our mission is to help with the cycle of poverty by providing single parents the resources they need to obtain a four year degree," Scholar House Director Samantha Rogers.

The Scholar House site is complete with a resource center housing child care, classrooms, office space and a donation center.

"Free education, free housing, free daycare and an opportunity just to change their life," said Scholar House Vice Chair Kay Hammond.

Officials say it is something this region has never seen and is open to any undergraduate single parents in the area.

"I was raised by a single parent so I understand the struggles. Dr. Hurley has done a phenomenal job of getting the program in," said Rogers.

They hope to start moving people in by the end of October.

"Education is really the key to success and this is going to give our people here in Eastern Kentucky the chance that maybe they never had," said Hammond.

Anyone wanting to apply for a spot can contact Samantha Rogers at (606) 218-5967 or samantharogers@upike.edu

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