Family Scholar House graduates 51 single parents

By MATTHEW GLOWICKI for The Courier-Journal

Six years ago, Amy Fritz was faced with a choice: live in poverty or go back to school and earn her degree. She chose the latter, and Family Scholar House helped make that decision possible.

Fritz was one of 51 student parents who earned a college degree in the past year — the largest number of Family Scholar House graduates in the program’s history. She’s also the class valedictorian.

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Wine, Women and Shoes


The inaugural Wine, Women and Shoes event kicked off the 2014 Spring season with a bang that was as loud as the guest’s heels on the marble floor of the event’s venue, the Henry Clay. With fine wines and bourbon on hand, designer fashions and some of the city’s most stylish women decked out in their favorite pair of heels, the night was definitely one to remember.

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The Buzz | Wine, Women and Shoes

Written by Kirby Adams
The Courier-Journal

Wine, Women and Shoes – we knew that would get your attention!

You are invited March 6 to sip fine wines, shop designer fashions and shoes, and enjoy the Best in Shoe contest. It’s all part of Wine, Women and Shoes, a party/fundraiser being held at The Henry Clay to benefit Family Scholar House, a nonprofit organization devoted to changing lives, families and communities through education.

For reservations, visit or contact Stephanie Rowe at (502) 813-3085 or

Mechelle Artis: Crossing the Bridge

Crossing the Bridge
NOVEMBER 27, 2013
The Voice-Tribune
by Steve Kaufman

Mechelle Artis has two big posters of the Brooklyn Bridge on the walls of her apartment. She’s never been to New York, but she likes the posters because they remind her of Louisville’s bridges.

They’re cool posters, but they’re also unintentionally symbolic of Mechelle’s situation. As a junior at the University of Louisville, Mechelle is standing on the entry ramp of a bridge that is going to take her across to the next phase of her life.

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Insider Louisville Profile: Cathe Dykstra

By Steve Kaufman

IL Profile: Cathe Dykstra, breaking the cycle of hopelessness, one college grad at a time

Ladasha Downs walked through the lobby of Family Scholar House on a chilly November morning, two-year-old D’Zarian at her side, bundled to the top of his head against the outside cold.

Only his face was showing, and it was a smiling face as he shouted “hi’s” all over the place, giving hugs, happy and carefree as only a two-year-old could be.

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Fmr. Olympian’s mother promotes teamwork, education

by Rachel Platt
Posted on October 22, 2013 at 4:50 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) — The mother of one of the greatest Olympians of all time was in Louisville Tuesday and she had quite a story to tell about her life.

Deborah Phelps, the proud mom of Michael – you know, the swimmer with 18 gold medals –  was at the Marriott in Downtown Louisville where she talked to a crowd about being a single mom raising three children while working as a teacher and eventually a principal. She had a powerful message of teamwork and education.

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Cathe Dykstra to be Recognized by the Center for Nonprofit Excellence for the Art of Leadership

2013 Pyramid Award Winners Announced

John R. Karman III

Business First

September 9, 2013

The Center for Nonprofit Excellence has announced the winners of its 2013 Pyramid Awards for the Art of Excellence.

The six recipients were selected from 48 nominations that represented 42 Greater Louisville organizations, according to an email announcement.

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Courier-Journal: Family Scholar House opening at former Maupin Elementary

The Courier-Journal

Mark Keierleber

July 29, 2013

When the old Maupin Elementary School in Parkland is restored and reopens with a new purpose next month, it will be more than just a second chance for the building.

It will also signal the start of a second chance for a host of single parents, including Leterria Thomas, who once worried that she might not get a high school diploma.

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