Benjamin Nick of Bremen has been named recipient of the fourth Bowen Family Medical Scholarship. The scholarship honors the legacy of Dr. Otis Bowen, with the hope to encourage primary care physicians to practice in medically under-served rural Hoosier communities. Improving the quality of life for residents in our local communities is part of the mission of the Marshall County Community Foundation.
Carol Bowen and the Bowen family established the Bowen Family Medical Scholarship at the Marshall County Community Foundation in 2012. Dr. Bowen practiced family medicine in the Bremen community from 1946 through 1972. He then served as the 44th Governor of Indiana from 1973 to 1981 and as Secretary of Health and Human Services from 1985 to 1989.
The Bowen Family Medical Scholarship focuses on meeting the health needs of rural communities by supporting primary care medical students as they work through medical school and residency programs. The Bowen Family Medical Scholarship is a unique way to help primary care practitioner students and holds promising keys for Marshall County’s health care future.
Benjamin attended Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana, and will be attending Marian College of Osteopathic Medicine beginning this fall. Benjamin said, “My goal both as a future physician and a lifelong Hoosier is to one day use my education to be a resource for my community and an advocate for advancing health care in the state of Indiana. While cities like Indianapolis are considered the life science hub of the United States, many communities around the state remain underserved or deprived of the essential health care provision they deserve. While I love the city and the amenities it offers, I believe I would be able to have a more profound impact on a rural community or less urbanized area.”
“The Bowen Family Medical Scholarship would provide me with the resources necessary to both bear the expenses of school and optimize my medical education. Avoiding the need for a part time job in medical school would allow me to focus on my studies, spend weekends shadowing instead of waiting tables, and overall ensure that I can become the best rural medicine physician that I can”, Benjamin said.
About the Marshall County Community Foundation
The Marshall County Community Foundation is a public charity with local roots that helps great ideas take flight through endowment philanthropy. Since 1991, donors to the Marshall County Community Foundation have built the community’s assets currently valued at more than $36 million and have returned over $14.9 million to Marshall County communities in grants and scholarships, $3.9 million from Community Funds. For more information about the Foundation, call 574.935.9159 or visit www.marshallcountycf.org.