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On May 25, Family Scholar House welcomed nearly 100 of the programs closest supporters to help celebrate the newest group of successful graduates at the Gladys and Lewis “Sonny” Bass Louisville Scholar House Campus and Academic Services Center.
“Each and every one of the 15 graduates is actively accomplishing their dreams of higher education,” said Cathe Dykstra, President & CEO of Family Scholar House. “Our graduation celebrations are wonderful reminders of how an entire community supports our student parents and that the success of our graduates are a benefit to us all.”
The largest graduating class to date, with 15 proud and accomplished single-parent students, each celebrates degrees in various fields.
Deborah Andrew – Associate of Applied Science in Business Administration, Carrollton
Sharonda Bradley – Associates of Arts
Karie Brown – Bachelor of Arts
Rhonda Bynum – Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Alisha Clapper – Associate of Science in General Occupational/Technical Studies (GOTS)
Gennell Cockerham – Associate of Arts
Faye Duke – Associate of Science
Shelton McElroy – Bachelor of Arts in Human Services and Counseling
Toshia Henderson – Associate of Arts
Jolene Hombecker – Associate of Arts, Carrollton
Stacy Jones – Master of Science in Social Work
Elizabeth Scott – Master of Science in Social Work
Stephanie Sinkfield – Associate of Science
Tenesha Washington – Associate of Science
Catina White – Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice
The event also marked the inaugural Mary O’Connor Education Award in celebration of Cathe Dykstra’s mother who tragically passed away in April. The award will be given annually to a Family Scholar House student or students who will be the first in their families to graduate from college and who are education majors with a personal commitment to sharing the value of education with others, particularly in special education or with special student populations.
“It was important to give my mother’s commitment and love for Family Scholar House a voice.” said Dykstra. “She was such an active advocate for education in my life and the lives of our participants, I am moved that her passion will continue in her honor.”
The mission of Family Scholar House is to end the cycle of poverty by giving single-parent students the support they need to earn a four-year college degree. Since incorporating in 1995, the non-profit has helped hundreds of families in the Louisville, Carrollton and Southern Indiana region by providing housing and/or educational support.
The Carrollton Family Scholar House currently works with 67 single parents with 131 children. It is located on the second floor of the Jefferson Community and Technical College and is overseen by Debby White, Northern Kentucky Family Advocate.
For more information about Family Scholar House please visit www.familyscholarhouse.org or call 502-514-3650 or for the Louisville office call 877-677-9177.
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