In a sense, St. Joseph Scholar House is a return to our roots. When the red brick structure that is now Manna House of Prayer was first built, it was both a convent and an academy — a school for students of all faiths. That’s evidence that education has always been important to us, and our new Scholar House gives us a way to help students in a different way.
We welcome women students attending Cloud County Community College to live in one wing of Manna House in a program that focuses on education, service and leadership. It gives young women students of all faiths a chance to grow and learn about themselves without many of the distractions prevalent in dorm life on campus.
There are rules — maintaining a grade-point-average of 3.3 or higher, sharing some chores (including cooking and kitchen duty), making a commitment to community service, as examples — but there are also the benefits of always having a quiet place to study, of being a part of a small community of women who care deeply about each other and of sharing a college experience with fellow students who are equally interested in their education and their place in the world.
There is also a benefit of cost: The fee for St. Joseph Scholar House is $1,800 a semester, compared to $2,150 for the least expensive dorm package at Cloud.