Bowen Family Foundation, Inc.
We partner with those committed to serving the under-served community

Our Partners

Institutions and agencies that advance students’ futures

Our partners include local universities, community colleges, high schools and community agencies, such as the Center for Leadership Development.

The mission of Center for Leadership Development is to foster the advancement of minority youth in Central Indiana as future professional, business, and community leaders by providing experiences that encourage personal development and educational attainment. Recipients are selected via an application process which can be obtained by contacting Joe N. Zachery Jr., Director of College Prep Institute,

Must have attended the Self-Discovery/Career Exploration Project or Success Prep
Must be attending Purdue University
Must be under-represented
Maintain 2.3 GPA

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Marian University is a distinguished Midwestern University offering undergraduate and graduate degrees in fields ranging from biology to business, education to engineering, and math to medicine.

Maintain 2.5 GPA or higher
Recipients to take an active role participating in programming provided by the Marian University Unity Center

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Reach out to Jennifer Plumlee and Nick Torres for more information.

Purdue University

The Dr. Cornell A. Bell Business Opportunity Program (BOP) seeks the best and brightest students in the world. We are looking for leaders — self-motivated, innovative, disciplined students — to add to our historic legacy. BOP is a nationally recognized program that recruits, enrolls, educates, and provides support for Krannert undergraduate and graduate students pursuing management careers.

Students are selected using a holistic approach by the Bowen Scholars BOP Scholarship selection committee which includes a review of academic performance, leadership activities, letters of recommendation, essays, and financial need.

Students apply online:
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At IUPUI, they believe in the power of transformation. It is the product of a one-of-a-kind partnership between two Big Ten universities — Indiana University and Purdue University — and a devoted connection to the city they call home. IUPUI is uniquely built to change our students, our city, and the world for the better.

Eligible applicants:
Maintained good standing in the Ivy Tech Bowen Scholars Program
Admitted to IUPUI
Earned an associate degree or are in select Ivy Tech degree programs and have successfully executed a transfer plan developed with the Office of IUPUI/Ivy Tech Coordinated Programs and approved by the Ivy Tech Bowen Scholars program manager

What you need to apply:
Ivy Tech transcript
FAFSA (completed by March 1)
Letter of recommendation

Contact Charlie Johnson, Director of Scholar Support Programs for more information.
Office: (317) 278-7564

Student recipients of the Indiana University Bloomington Bowen Family Scholarship are from the Indianapolis metropolitan area and plan to study within various majors offered at the Kelley School of Business. The IU Hudson and Holland Scholars Program (HHSP), the Kelley School of Business Office of Diversity Initiatives (KODI), and the Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs work closely to provide mentoring support and other career preparation opportunities for the scholars.

Contact James C. Wimbush, vice president for diversity, equity, and multicultural affairs, at for more information.

The University of Indianapolis is an urban, liberal arts university committed to advancing the mission of education for service and preparing impactful graduates. UIndy welcomes applicants of all disciplines from Ivy Tech for the Murvin S. Enders/Bowen Scholarship. Applications from students who meet the criteria for The Murvin S. Enders/Bowen Scholars Scholarship are reviewed following their admission to the University. A combination of financial need and prior academic performance, trends in their grades, and their engagement with the admissions process and the University prior to, during, and after they applied are factored into the award decision.

Those interested in learning more about the award may contact the Office of Admissions, specifically the transfer admissions specialist.

Terre Haute Bowen Scholars receive a $2,000 annual living stipend for Ivy Tech Community College Terre Haute (or Greencastle), automatically renewable for up to four consecutive semesters. This program was designed to support individual student needs. Scholars are challenged to analyze their own learning strategies, study skills, and professional skills to prepare them for success in the classroom and beyond! Scholars meet monthly for one-on-one coaching as well as special programming to foster fellowship with other scholars while introducing them to campus and community resources.

Those interested in learning more about the award may contact Sonja Jordan, for more information.

The Ivy Tech Indianapolis Bowen Scholarship is awarded to selected applicants for a maximum of four years, up to 70 credit hours, or the completion of an associate of applied science degree, a technical certificate or a certificate of training, whichever comes first.  It can help you turn your dreams into a realistic career so you can make a better life for yourself, your family, and be able to give back to the Indianapolis community.

 Individuals who meet all of the following criteria are eligible:

  • African –American Ivy Tech students who have completed six college credits with a 2.0 or higher GPA
  • High school graduate or a GED recipient
  • US Citizens

Bowen Family Foundation, Inc. FAQ

Have questions about the Bowen Family Foundation, Inc.? Click the topics and tabs below to read through our Frequently Asked Questions. Please reference contact information for the institution of your interest for further questions.

What is the Bowen Family Foundation?

  • The Bowen Family Foundation, Inc. was established in 1993 as a non-profit 501c3 organization.

What does the BFF Scholarship cover?

  • The Bowen Family Foundation, Inc. provides scholarships to underrepresented individuals living in Marion County, Indiana and its surrounding counties. The scholarships are augmented with wrap around services to enhance the student’s experience and encourage retention. Participation in these wrap around services is a requirement of each student.

What are the requirements to be a BFF Scholar?

  • Be a member of an underrepresented community
  • Resident of Marion County and surrounding counties
  • High School graduate or GED equivalent
  • Maintain a 2.3 Cum GPA
  • Completed FAFSA
  • Preference given to financial need
  • Any additional requirements set by partners

Who should I contact for more information?

  • Contact our partners for further information on how to apply for a scholarship. Each partner has slightly different deadlines and requirements.

Am I eligible for Bowen Family Foundation Scholarships?

  • Yes, if you are a member of an underrepresented community and meet the basic requirements of the foundation. Age is not a requirement. The Foundation has recipients of all ages.

How do I enroll in the Bowen Family Foundation?

  • Contact our partners. They are your first line of information.

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