Pittsburgh Scholar House offers educational, motivational, and family-centered support for single parents seeking a college degree while raising their children.
We position families to achieve their educational goals, access employment opportunities in high-growth industries, and develop the knowledge and skills needed for physical, mental, and financial well-being.
According to research from The Pittsburgh Foundation it states:
“Single mothers face barriers to earning credentials that translate to higher earning potential. These include unaffordable tuition costs, conflicts with work hours, poor transportation and lack of child care” (Povich, Roberts, & Mather, 2014)
Single mothers, in particular, need stronger social capital networks to advance their careers and take advantage of post-secondary educational opportunities. While education in isolation does not guarantee economic security, we know that single mothers are nearly 80% less likely to live with economic uncertainty once they earn a degree and experience higher earnings over their lifetimes compared to those with only a high school diploma. Pittsburgh Scholar House supports families by creating strong scholastic communities where single parents are given the tools necessary to complete a two-year or four-year degree while ensuring their children have access to opportunities for learning and intellectual development.