Bowen Center, Questa partner on education loan programs
The Questa Education Foundation in Fort Wayne on Tuesday announced a partnership with Warsaw-based Bowen Center. The agreement aims to support current and future Bowen employees looking to continue their education with forgivable loan opportunities.
Originally founded in 1937 as the Fort Wayne Educational Foundation, Questa provides college loans for eligible students in Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben, Whitley, Wabash and Wells counties.
The partnership with Bowen Center has led to the creation of the Bowen Center Employee Tuition Assistance Program, which Questa will administer.
Through the program, Bowen Center employees pursuing postsecondary education may be eligible to receive up to $15,000 in loans. The loans will be 100% forgiven if the employee graduates from an approved academic program and continues to work at Bowen Center for four years after graduation.
Additionally, Bowen Center is launching the Bowen Center Scholars Program for current students looking to earn a degree in high-demand fields such as nursing or a master’s degree leading to licensure as a therapist.
Students may receive up to $10,000 in loans over two years, which would be 100% forgivable when the student graduates if they commit to working at Bowen Center for two years.
“Bowen Center is committed to the professional development of our staff and recruiting talented new professionals to serve our community,” Cheryl Shepherd, associate vice president of human resources at Bowen Center, said in a news release. “Partnering with Questa enables us to streamline our tuition assistance benefits and develop talented new professionals to join our team.”
Bowen Center bills itself as the largest community mental health center in Indiana, serving more than 35,000 patients in 31 counties. The organization said its workforce totals more than 1,000 employees.
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