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Ruth Matthews Bourger
Women with Children Program

The Women with Children Program (WWC) at Misericordia University is one of only eight programs in the United States. The Program empowers economically disadvantaged single mothers by providing the opportunity to complete a college degree, creating brighter futures for themselves and for their children. The pathway to college and the completion of a four year degree may seem impossible right now. Through our program the roadblocks to higher education are removed and the completion of a college degree becomes a reality.

Ruth Matthews Bourger Women With Children Program - Creating a Legacy of Academic Excellence

Visit this link to learn more about program eligibility and the benefits that Bourger WWC families receive.

For more information, please view our informational brochure here or contact the Director, Katherine Pohlidal, at 570-674-6728.

Click here to download the application for the Ruth Matthews Bourger Women With Children Program.


 

Bill Corcoran Jr. and Katherine Pohlidal, Director of the Bourger Women With Children Program

Katherine Pohlidal, Director of the Bourger Women With Children Program at Misericordia University, recently appeared on the #OnTheStacks podcast to share the history and culture of the coal mine region in NEPA and how it relates to the Sisters of Mercy establishing Luzerne County’s first four-year institution of higher education.

From working in the prison system to higher education at Misericordia University, it is Katherine’s mission to break the intergenerational cycle of poverty through a two-generational model of providing single mothers the opportunity to complete a college degree while living on campus with their children. Katherine also talks about her latest venture, the Parent Pathways Program of NEPA. Funded by Robin Hood, the program is modeled after Misericordia’s Women with Children Program to help single parents near the poverty line access opportunities for higher education or high skill trades. Listen to the podcast here
The #OnTheStacks Podcast hosted by Bill Corcoran Jr. features the stories and experiences of passionate business owners, entrepreneurs and community leaders in the Northeast Pennsylvania (NEPA) region and beyond. His podcast is ranked in the top 3% of Podcasts Worldwide. It is listened to in 20 Countries and on 7 out of 7 Continents.

 

Food Dignity - The Podcast - Episode 11: What is it like being a single mom in America? Kathrine Pohlidal podcast interview
The Bourger Women with Children Program at Misericordia University fights poverty and food insecurity by championing women and their children through access to higher education and college degrees.  Listen to this #FoodDignity Podcast to hear Katherine Pohlidal, Director of the Program, discuss the road blocks that many economically disadvantaged, single mothers face when trying to complete a college degree and how the program removes barriers, so moms and their families can grow and thrive.