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This week Kentucky River Foothills Development Council, Inc. and Eastern Kentucky University celebrated the honorary naming of the Eastern Scholar House.
To acknowledge their unprecedented level of support for the Eastern Scholar House and assisting its residents to reach their educational and career goals, the facility now bears the honorary name of Rick and Debbie McQuady Eastern Scholar House.
The ceremony included comments from KRFDC Executive Director Brian Mullins, KRFDC Public Information Officer Karen Atkins, Scholar Cyntoria Vaughn, EKU President Dr. David McFaddin, EKU Board of Regents Chair Lewis Diaz, and Rick and Debbie McQuady.
The Eastern Scholar House Program helps parents pursue their educational dreams and provides boundless opportunities to their children. Kentucky River Foothills would not be able to offer a program like this – a program that breaks generational poverty - without the help of Eastern Kentucky University, the City of Richmond Section 8 program, Kentucky Housing Corporation, Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing, and a host of other supporters like Rick and Debbie McQuady.
Rick and Debbie exemplify community leadership without regard for personal gain, and have been “selfless” in your efforts to serve others and to change conditions that, if left unaddressed, could erode the stability of not only individual families but also jeopardize the safety and prosperity of the community as a whole.