Questa Education Foundation and the MadeByMe Coalition of Greater Fort Wayne Inc. are partnering to provide scholarship support for Allen County residents who are seeking postsecondary training and education in manufacturing and the skilled trades. At least three students will be selected to receive a scholarship of up to $1,000.

Scholarship funding is provided by the North Indiana Chapter of the International Facility Management Association (IFMA). Recipients may be pursuing an apprenticeship, certification, degree, or other credential that prepares them to work in manufacturing or the skilled trades. Funding is not limited to tuition and fees and could be used for other educational expenses such as transportation costs, books or equipment fees.

“The MadeByMe scholarship is an important strategy to help more residents pursue successful careers in manufacturing and the skilled trades,” Adam Welch, director of economic development at Greater Fort Wayne, Inc., said in a news release. “We are grateful for the support of IFMA and partnership with Questa to make this financial resource available and continue building the talent we need for our area businesses to thrive.”

The MadeByMe Scholarship is open to high school seniors, individuals with their high school equivalency (HSE), and adult learners.

Questa will begin accepting applications in February.

In addition to this opportunity, Questa supports individuals pursuing a trade or manufacturing field within the Traditional and Contemporary Scholar Programs. These programs provide up to $5,000 a year in forgivable loan funding for students. Questa Scholars can receive up to 75% forgiveness on their loan by graduating from one of Questa’s partnering institutions and living and working in the region upon graduation. A list of partner schools can be found on Questa’s website.

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