When The Students On Campus Have Kids Of Their Own

November 18, 2016
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Students — and their children — in the Single Parent Scholars program at Wilson College in Chambersburg, Pa. The young women in this story have labels. Three labels: Single, mother, college student. They're raising a child and getting an education — three of the 2.6 million unmarried parents attending U.S. colleges and universities. Getting a degree is hard enough for anyone, but these students face extra challenges. And when it comes to helping out with their needs, Wilson College in Chambersburg, Pa., is considered one of the best in the country. It's a liberal arts school with 1,100 students. There's a large farm, an equestrian program, and 15 students in the Single Parent Scholars program. This year all are moms, though men are welcome too. They live in apartments that once were dorm rooms. And they are easy to notice on campus. "We have children running around the dining hall while everyone else is trying to eat," says Heather Schuler. She's 25, a sophomore psychology major and the mother of a 2-year-old son. Schuler is sitting outside the dining hall with her friend Michelle Rogers, who has a 4-year-old daughter. Rogers, 27, a senior environmental studies major, says being a parent and a student requires some adjustments. "I still sometimes have my mommy voice on," she says. "I don't even swear anymore. I'll say like, 'Sugar honey ice tea!' or, like, 'Shut the front door!' " Heather Schuler laughs. She does it too. "I almost confronted someone at Target the other day for swearing, and my kid wasn't even with me!" Michele Rogers (left) and Heather Schuler are students — and single moms — at Wilson College in Chambersburg, Pa. Schuler grew up right here in Chambersburg. Michele Rogers is from Massachusetts. She'd been searching for a program to help single parents when she discovered Wilson. "I Googled, 'schools for single parents,' mostly single moms. And I found...

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