Congrats to the 2019 Questa Scholar Graduates!

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Questa Education Foundation is proud to announce the 2019 spring graduating class. This graduating class includes 70 students from Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, Kosciusko, Noble, Steuben and Whitley counties. These Questa Scholars have received their associate’s or bachelor’s degrees in various fields, and several are already employed in the Northeast Indiana area in companies and organizations such as the University of Saint Francis, Warsaw Community Schools, Weigand Construction, and MedPro Group.

Our mission at Questa is to invest in talent within the area and help fund their education. In return, these students will be valuable assets to the Northeast Indiana workforce, while also beginning a successful career with less debt. Many of these scholars received low-interest forgivable loans: 50% in loan forgiveness for living and working in northeast Indiana for 5 years following graduation, and an additional 25% of the total loan is paid back when they attend and graduate from one of the eight partner regional institutions. Questa’s partner schools include Grace College, Indiana Tech, Manchester University, Huntington University, Purdue Fort Wayne, Indiana Wesleyan Fort Wayne, Trine University, Ivy Tech Community College, and the University of Saint Francis. In other words, a scholar can borrow $20,000 with the possibility of only having to pay back $5,000.

Questa Scholars are contributing to the economy of Northeast Indiana by being the talent we need. Questa Scholars are insurance agents, engineers, fire fighters, nurses, teachers, marketers, analysts, and entrepreneurs. In order to keep this talent local, then local support is essential. Funding for Questa Scholars comes from local and regional foundations, businesses and organizations. For more information on how you can fund scholars in your community, visit our website at www.questafoundation.org or call us at 260-407-6494.

 

On behalf of the Questa team we would like to say congratulations to all our recent graduates, and we wish you all the best as you enter your new careers. View the names of our graduates, the university they attended, as well as their program of study while in college HERE. Congrats graduates!

Questa Scholars Are Changing the Local Workforce

The talent gap is a challenge for our community, and the Questa Education Foundation is working with partners to bridge the talent gap by investing in people. Questa is excited to announce 74 new scholars into the Traditional Scholars program in addition to the 400 students currently being funded through the Questa Scholars Program.

These students have recently graduated from high school and will be entering college this fall as freshmen or have just completed their first year in their undergraduate degree. Through the Questa Scholars program, scholars will be given low-interest forgivable loans to help reduce their college debt. Each of the scholars have unique stories and important aspirations. At Questa, we want to invest in these learners to help them graduate with less debt, explore their passions and become the talent we need that will improve our local economy. The one-of-a-kind funding provides the possibility of receiving loan forgiveness for as much as 75 percent of the total loan amount! By attending a partner school, students will receive 25 percent forgiveness and an additional 50 percent forgiveness by living and working in the area for five years after graduation.

Jasmin Armstrong is one of the newly chosen Questa Scholars who desires to create an impact in the lives of veterans. With her mother and stepfather both being Army veterans, she is passionate about pursuing a Psychology degree to help those who suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

“I aspire to be a positive impact on the people who put their lives on the line for our country every day. Once I earn a doctoral degree in Psychology, I intend to work for the Veterans Health Administration as a psychologist.”

Armstrong plans to attend Trine University in the fall.

Of the students that have graduated in the Questa Scholars program, 81 percent are graduating in 4 years compared to the national average of 59 percent. In addition, two-thirds are either staying or return to live and work in our region. The result of the Questa program is talent retained in our communities.

Jacob Scheele, a May 2019 graduate and Questa Scholar, is one of two-thirds of Questa scholars that are staying to work in the northeast Indiana region. Scheele believes northeast Indiana is a welcoming, friendly community that he is excited to create roots in. He currently works for Weigland Construction as their business development coordinator, where he also completed his internship.

“Questa played a big part in my decision to stay and pursue a career in the area and has helped me not worry about finances so I can focus on my career.”

Questa invests in the lives of these students, so they can thrive and continue to use their talents in the Northeast Indiana workforce. Traditional students, as mentioned above, drive only one part of our strategy. Individuals who did not complete an education, but are already in the workforce, can also be the talent we need with more education or training. Industry certifications, associate, and bachelor’s degrees are all ways to access livable wage jobs.

How can you help? Become a partner with Questa and help by providing funds for current and future talent needs. The support of our funders and donors is vital for Questa to be able to carry out this mission. Find out more about our forgivable loan programs and how you can partner with us at www.questafoundation.org or call (260) 407-6494.

View the names of our accepted Questa Scholars and where they plan to attend college HERE.

Bridging the Talent Gap

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Is the workforce able to fill the jobs being brought to the area? Do we have the talent we need to continue to grow our businesses and our economy? These are the questions that the Questa Education Foundation is tackling everyday. The approach is to collaborate and partner with one another rather than steal each other’s talent, or recruit from out of the area.

“It’s time to start collaborating on the talent pool, as opposed to competing with each other for the same talent” - Marc Levy, Executive Director at the Questa Education Foundation

At Questa, we see the importance of partnering with local businesses to not just to invest in our students and graduates, but to also invest in our current workforce to help them receive the education and/or training that they need. We have the talent we need right here in Northeast Indiana.

Find out more about how Questa and area businesses are partnering together to bridge the talent gap. Read Questa’s full profile in the April 2019 issue of Business People and read more articles at http://businesspeople.com/ .

Read the full article HERE.

Time to Grow Our Talent

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“Talent, talent, talent. A challenge that industries and companies across Indiana are facing is to find people with the necessary skills to fill open positions. Many organizations are recognizing that if we continue down this path without making changes, our economy will certainly suffer.” - Marc Levy, Executive Director at the Questa Education Foundation, Guest Column in BizVoice Magazine

At Questa, we are dedicated to not just helping students complete their education and graduate with less debt, but retaining their great talent in the Northeast Indiana area. Talent retention is key if we are going to join together to grow our economy and businesses - we must invest in people.

Read more about Questa’s strategic approach to retaining talent in the March/April 2019 issue of BizVoice Magazine. You can find the full magazine online here: https://www.bizvoicemagazine.com/ or read the full article below.

Read the full article HERE.

FAFSA Opens Today!

In Indiana, October 1st is the first day that high school seniors and returning college students can file FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) up until April 15th. There are several resources out there if you are concerned about completing, have questions, or just want to mark off the FAFSA on your college to-do list! We hope these resources below help!

EVENTS & RESOURCES

FAFSA Completion Event

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Fort Wayne Community Schools is partnering with Purdue Fort Wayne to provide a FAFSA Completion event in Fort Wayne, IN! Get help on your FAFSA and complete it on site, enter to win prizes, visit vendors, and grab some food truck food! The event begins at 10:00 am and will end at 1:30 pm. Located in the parking lot between FACE (Family & Community Engagement Center) and Anthis Career Center.

230 East Douglas Avenue, Fort Wayne, IN

College Goal Sunday

October 28, 2018 & February 24, 2019

At locations across Indiana, financial aid experts will give free FAFSA filing help to students and their families. Visit http://www.collegegoalsunday.org/ for more information and the College Goal location nearest to you.

21st Century Scholars Day at the Indiana Latino Expo

October 13, 2018

Indiana University is holding a 21st Century Scholars Day at the Indiana Latino Expo on Saturday, October 13 from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm. This event is completely free and is located at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis

1202 E. 38th Street, Indianapolis, In 46205

Find more info:

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Education & Career Coalition

Eric Hoover with 3Rivers Credit Union founded the Education & Career Coalition that is dedicated to bringing resources and help to college students in career pathways, college decisions, and financial wellness. The coalition has built a FAFSA guide to help you though the application. Find the guides in English or Spanish below, or visit your local 3Rivers branch for help. More information is available on the 3Rivers Student Resources page here.

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Follow the ECC on Twitter @EricHooverEdu and don’t miss out on new opportunities and announcements!

Feel free to reach out to Questa Education Foundation if you have any questions about financial aid! Call 260-407-6494 or email us at info@questafoundation.org.