Sneakers for Kids

The Scholar House of Paducah is a housing and education initiative administrated by Kentucky Housing Corporation. It's a program designed to help unemployed, or underemployed, Kentuckians pursue an education so that they can become self-sufficient.

Participants must be at least 18 years of age, be eligible for a Housing Choice Voucher, and be full-time students in a degree or specialty institution of higher learning. Single parents are given first priority. The Scholar House of Paducah includes an on-site child-care facility which allows time for the parents to attend classes and focus on their education.

As the Scholar House is located near to WKCTC many of the people housed by the program are students at the college.

Shoes That Fit

As parents are given priority, a lot of these full-time students have children. It’s sometimes a struggle financially to provide for the kids, especially as many are not able to work full-time while completing their education.

One of the ways that WKCTC tries to assist these families is with the Sneakers for Scholar House Children Shoe Drive. The Shoe Drive is hosted by the WKCTC Diversity and Inclusion Office.

Shoes to Stay Active

It's not a complex issue - kids need shoes that fit and that will allow them to stay active. Kids' feet grow at an amazing rate and providing shoes to Scholar House families has many benefits. You can’t exercise or play sports without sneakers - and that fact alone impacts the health and wellbeing of young families trying to become self-sufficient. A pair of sneakers can truly make a huge difference.

To donate a pair of sneakers just place them in the donation boxes located in the Diversity and Inclusion Office in the Anderson Technical Building, on WKCTC campus, in Room 100.

For more information about this initiative, call 270.534.3109 or email

The Scholar House of Paducah

The housing and education components at Scholar House in Paducah are operated as one unit,  - with housing depending on the client’s successful participation in the affiliated educational institution.

Program participants receive counseling, workshops, and support from neighbors and staff, while fulfilling academic or vocational training coursework as full-time students. Scholar House also offers programs that involve enhanced health maintenance, parenting skills, management of family resources, nutritional knowledge, problem solving, work skills, and job search techniques. Most of these services are free. Housing and childcare are based on the participant’s income.

Once residents have graduated from Scholar House, they are allowed ample time to find and move into permanent housing.

Scholar House of Paducah is located at 1035 Old North Friendship Road in Paducah. You can call 270.450.4219, or email, for more information.