An exciting new partnership between Northern Kentucky Community Action Commission (NKCAC), the City of Covington, and a private developer will transform the historic Lincoln Grant School on Greenup Street in Covington into the Lincoln Grant Scholar House, a residence for single parents who are full time college students. The site is particularly well-suited for this purpose, as Gateway Community and Technical College’s Urban Campus is a short three-block walk. Other schools in close proximity or available via public transportation include Cincinnati State, University of Cincinnati, Xavier University, Northern Kentucky University, and Thomas More College. Families began moving in December of 2016.
As the residents achieve post-secondary success, they will experience higher earnings and a more clear career path leading to self-sufficiency. They will likely become more involved in their child’s education resulting in a far greater likelihood of their child pursuing a post-secondary degree. Two out of three students in higher education today are juggling work and school; taking care of dependent children; and/or have waited to attend college. Without external supports, adult students with children are less likely to finish school and are more likely to leave with a higher debt load than “traditional” students.
Residents will receive counseling and support while fulfilling academic or vocational training coursework as full-time students. They will also be encouraged to access the resources that are available at the college or university they are attending, such as advising, on-campus interviews, writing center help, remedial courses, and student life events and activities. By providing affordable, safe, and decent housing, on-site case management, an Academic Service Center, children’s library, and computer lab, the Scholar House experience will enable these residents – many of them first generation college students – to find success in their quest for self-reliance.
Built in the early 1930’s and dedicated on March 31, 1932, the state of the art building served as Covington’s public school for African-American students from kindergarten through twelfth grade. Lincoln Grant closed in 1965 when it, like other schools in Kentucky, was desegregated. It continued operating as an elementary school from 1966-1976 under the name of Twelfth District Elementary. Subsequently, the building served as the Northern Kentucky Community Center, providing recreation, education, cultural experiences, and fellowship for residents of the Eastside Neighborhood of Covington for more than 25 years. The building is on the National Register of Historic Places, and has also been designated as an African American Heritage Site by the Kentucky African American Heritage Commission, under the administration of the Kentucky Heritage Council / State Historic Preservation Office.
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