Bridging the Talent Gap


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 .

Read the full article HERE.

Time to Grow Our Talent


“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: 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!


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 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:



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.



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

Internships with the State Senate & Greater Fort Wayne, Inc.

Internships are the best way to gain experience about your career field, learn valuable skills, network with professionals, and possibly land a job! Though you may be busy with class work as a current student, participating in an internship is one of the most valuable experiences you can obtain while in college.

Questa’s goal is to invest in talent in Northeast Indiana - that’s you! Through the Questa Scholars Program students are given a chance to focus on their education and graduate with less debt. In addition, Questa also teams up with businesses to match internship stipends up to $2,500. If you are a recent college graduate or a current student we encourage you to learn more about our internship partnerships, and apply! Get as much experience as you can now, to land your dream job later.

If you know of any other internship opportunities, or you work for a business offering internships, let Questa know! We would be interested in talking with you to share these opportunities with our scholars, and talk over internship matching possibilities.

Indiana State Senate Internship Opportunities

Deadline to for Democrat Internships: October 31, 2018

Republican Internships: Applications open May 1, 2019

The Indiana State Senate is offering paid internship opportunities to recent and current undergraduates as well as graduate students. Interns will work directly with Indiana legislators at the Statehouse, located in downtown Indianapolis. Questa Education Foundation is excited to announce that Questa will match up to $2,500 of the internship stipend for students in the Northeast Indiana area that apply and receive an internship opportunity with the State Senate. These internships are a unique opportunity to gain practical and hands-on knowledge of state government through active participation in the legislative process.

The goal is that students will build a solid skill set and invest their skills back into the Northeast Indiana area including Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Noble, Huntington, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Steuben, Whitley, Wabash, and Wells counties. To receive this match, students must be from one of the eleven counties and be majoring in or entering into a related career field.

Find more information and how to apply for these internships at

Greater Fort Wayne Inc. Fellows

Deadline to apply: Applications accepted through October 26, 2018

Greater Fort Wayne Inc. offers a fellowship program that includes a project-based internship with free summer housing if needed, personal development workshops, networking events, and more. Questa will match up to $2,500 in internship stipends with GFW Fellows.

A wide variety of internship opportunities are available including:

  • Software Developer - TransWorks

  • IT Intern - Franklin Electric

  • Data Analyst Internship - Lincoln Financial Group

  • Business Systems Analyst Internship - Rea Magnet Wire

  • Marketing Internship - Do it Best Corp.

  • Finance and Accounting Internship - Indiana Tech

  • Sales and Operations Management Internship - Penske

Apply on the Greater Fort Wayne Inc. Fellows website.

Other Internships to Consider*

*Questa does not specifically partner with these internships to provide a stipend, but values sharing other opportunities with the community.

Internship with Congressman Banks

Congressman Banks is offering full-time and part-time internship opportunities for college students or recent graduates. The position allows students to work with congressional staff to support daily office functions, and all positions are unpaid. The program is a great opportunity for students seeking a deeper understanding of legislative branch of government.

Candidates must be highly motivated, self-starters, detail-oriented, and possess excellent communication skills. They also must demonstrate a strong work ethic, positive attitude, the ability to manage multiple tasks on a deadline, and a strong desire to learn about the legislative branch. Students interested in an internship position should send a resume, writing sample and cover letter to Russ Jehl at

Find more info here.

Questa invests in students pursuing post-secondary education, whether that be a degree, a certificate, or training through scholarships and low-interest forgivable loans. Learn more about Questa’s scholar programs and opportunities to invest in students by giving us a call at 260-407-6494 or by emailing Questa at

Congrats to Questa's Scholarship Recipients!

Questa is excited to announce the scholarship recipients for 2018!

Every year Questa Education Foundation offers several scholarships for current Questa Scholars and non-scholars in the Northeast Indiana community. These students have been chosen for excellence in their academic performance throughout their college career. Questa is proud to announce the scholarship recipients of the following scholarships:

  • Virgil J. & Mildred C. Roy Scholarship
  • Edward C. Dodez Scholarship
  • Walter & Lucille Beckman Scholarship
  • Gregory Hosler Wilson Scholarship
  • Venette M. and Mabel M. Sites Scholarship

Roy Scholarship Recipients

This award is designated for nursing students who are pursuing a bachelors’ degree in nursing at either Purdue Fort Wayne, Indiana University Fort Wayne or the University of Saint Francis. The scholarship dollars help to support our local students by reducing their education costs. Questa congratulates the following scholars: 

University of Saint Francis Nursing Students:

  • Breanna Hinshaw
  • Morgan Smith
  • Nicole Coleman

Purdue Fort Wayne & Indiana University Fort Wayne Nursing Students:

  • Aubrey Brinneman
  • Mariah Geels
  • Amanda Holland
  • Mary Podlaski
  • Tarandeep Sran
  • Kendra Amaya-Miranda
  • Whitney Green
  • Celina Jones
  • Samantha Luick

Dodez Scholarship Recipients

The Edward C Dodez Scholarship assists Indiana students who are attending Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. Four students from around the state of Indiana have received $5,000 to assist in the cost of their education at Dartmouth for the Fall 2018 semester.

Nathanael Boone - St. Joseph County, Sophomore, studying Engineering Sciences

Ethan Cook - Kosciusko County, Junior, studying Mathematics

Rachel Kent - Marion County, Sophomore, studying Geography

Katelyn Zeser - Elkhart County, Freshman, studying Government

Beckman Scholarship Recipients

These scholarship recipients are majoring in Education or Social Work and have been chosen for excellence in their college academic performance by maintaining at least a 3.0 GPA or higher during college.

Questa would like to congratulate the following students:

Mary Greuter - attending Anderson University, graduated from Lakewood Park Christian School

Danielle Straits - attending Taylor University, graduated from Warsaw Community High School

Heather Stichter - attending Anderson University, graduated from Triton High School

Wilson Scholarship Recipients 

Recipients of the Wilson Scholarship have been chosen for excellence in their college academic performance by maintaining at least a 3.0 GPA or higher during college. Each student will be receiving between $500 to $1,500 in a scholarship award. We also want to recognize the colleges they are attending and the high schools from which they graduated. 

Benjamin Bailey - attending Purdue Fort Wayne, graduate of Blackhawk Christian Jr/Sr High School

Cole Bechtold - attending Rose-Hulman, graduate of Whitko High School

Leia Edmondson - attending Rose-Hulman, graduate of Horizon Christian Academy

Creanna Johnson - attending Purdue University Lafayette, graduate of Canterbury High School

Andrew Mauch - attending Purdue Fort Wayne, graduate of Bishop Luers High School

Sites Scholarship Recipients

Questa Education Foundation recently awarded $117,000 through the Venette M and Mabel M Sites Scholarship to 73 Allen County public high school graduates.  These scholars received individual awards ranging from $500 - $2,500 for excellence in their college academic performance by maintaining at least a 3.0 GPA during their college career. We are proud to announce the following students, and acknowledge the high school from which they graduated. Congratulations scholars!

Carroll: Connor Burgess, Sydney Ulrey, Anthony Ohneck, Logan Jester, Stone Miguel, Kelsiey Cicora, Madison Kilgus, Cassidy Forbing, Alexandra Harvey, Caleb DeLieto, Natalie Grose, Victoria Grose

East Allen University: Benjamin Sendo, Nicole Winans, Katherine Watson

Heritage: Branson Dossen, Kimberlie Kline, Veronica Hare, Rozlynn Everhart, Nicole Rothgeb

Homestead: Courtney McGrew, Rebekah Zvers, Lindley Kistler, Scott Creech, Luis Rodriguez Perez

Leo: Rebecca Kimball, Hannah Fowerbaugh, Jordan Eldridge, Rebecca Lessig, Morgan Sanderson, Mackenzie Joefreda, Eduardo Cruz, Ian Thompson, Logan Sagstetter

New Haven: Adam Hoffer, Anika Hoffer, Zachary Watson, Matthew Mensing,

North Side: Logan Ankney, Priscilla Baltazard, Isabelle Harrison, Soe San

Northrop: Joshua Mahon, Matthew Mast, Jailyn Krantz, Juan Gonzalez-Rangel, Caitline Southern, Kristen Borntreger, Lejla Hrustic

Snider: Mariah Thomas, Heidi Schneeman, Jennifer Peppler, Mmiranda Durnell, Maria Barrera, Naomi Vanderleest, Rylee Marks, Taylor Davis, Adam Veeley, Jacob Claycomb, Carly Geier, Catherine Birch

South Side: Katherine Sheppard, Kendra Shadle

Wayne: Jillian Findlay, Kyle Pessefall

Wayne New Tech: Sara Livengood, Alyssa Vance, Daymon Marlowe

Woodlan: Alyssa Garver, Rebekah Dignal, Loren Hahn, Paige Stutzman, Ashley Osborn

Congratulations to all of the hard working students who earned these scholarships! For more information on how you can apply for these scholarships, please visit the scholarship tab.