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Parkland Family Scholar House opens its doors

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The ribbon cutting ceremony at the Parkland Family Scholar House. The ribbon cutting ceremony at the Parkland Family Scholar House.
Kandice Webster Kandice Webster
Kandice and her son show off their new apartment at Parkland Family Scholar House. Kandice and her son show off their new apartment at Parkland Family Scholar House.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - With the cut of a ribbon, members of the Parkland community celebrated the grand opening of a facility designed to provide support to single-parent students enrolled in college.

The new Parkland Family Scholar House is the fourth facility of its kind in Louisville.

"You want to learn how to manage time; have a baby," chuckled Kandice Webster.

Webster is one of 48 single-parents that will move into the Parkland campus this weekend. She, like the others, will be allowed to live at the Parkland Family Scholar House as long as she likes under one condition: all tenants must be actively working to earn his or her four-year college degree.

To further support the single-parent students, each unit comes equipped with washers and dryers donated by GE, in-unit computers and complex computer labs funded by Fifth Third Bank, as well as security systems provided by UPS.

According to organizers, the goal of the program is to help end a cycle of poverty, by giving single-parent students the support they need to earn a four year college degree.

"I'll probably go for my PhD at UofL as soon as I'm finished with undergrad," said Webster who admits feeling blessed to be a part of the program.

"When you look at the statistics of single parents and how they struggle with poverty," began Webster, "if you only took the time to educate them, then that would completely change."

Families will move in to the Parkland Family Scholar House Saturday, August 10.

Organizers said to date, more than 120 Family Scholar tenants have graduated with their college degrees, 76 percent of which have gone on to join the workforce.

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