Successful Bowen Scholars Program Comes to IUPUI

Bob and Terry Bowen, through the Bowen Family Foundation, are providing financial support for the IUPUI Bowen Scholars Program, a program model that originated at Ivy Tech Community College, effective with the fall 2014 semester. It is part of a broader expression of funding support from the Bowens, which has fostered incredible success in its students’ academic and life achievements, having provided more than six hundred students with various scholarships since 1993. The program will be housed in University College.

The IUPUI Bowen Scholars Program has been established to assist African American students who have graduated from Ivy Tech Community College with an associate’s degree and who are transitioning to IUPUI in pursuit of a baccalaureate degree. Candidates for the IUPUI Bowen Scholars Program will typically reside in Marion County and will be expected to graduate from IUPUI within three years. Students must meet the minimum 2.0 GPA standard and be engaged in a community service project each year as part of the scholarship program requirements.

Once the program gets started, it will be customized to address students’ needs.

Charlie Johnson, director of Scholar Support Programs

Terry Bowen states, “The Bowen Family Foundation is excited to expand its scholarship program to IUPUI. Not only do our scholars receive much needed financial help, but they are also part of a wrap-around support system, which has proved very effective. We have seen a significant increase in graduation rates because of this focused support.”

IUPUI is committed to the success of the program, which ensures high retention and graduation rates through a very hands-on approach with the students. Charlie Johnson, director of Scholar Support Programs, will oversee the program and work directly with the scholars. Johnson says, “Once the program gets started, it will be customized to address students’ needs.” He added that it will employ a very holistic approach, focusing on the learning, self-discovery, personal growth, goal attainment, and overall empowerment of the selected scholars.

Kathy E. Johnson, dean of University College, remarked, “My colleagues and I are so grateful for the generosity that Bob and Terry Bowen have demonstrated through this gift. They have a deep commitment to the transformative potential of education, and understand that by giving these scholars an opportunity, they impact individual’s lives as well as their family members and the surrounding community. We are honored that the Bowen family trusts us to ensure that the full potential of the gift can be reached through supportive programming that we will offer.”