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Wells Fargo Foundation Shows Support of Higher Education
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Anna Rodriguez, Store Manager for the Brownsville Central Location, and Mario Martinez, Store Manager for the Brownsville Downtown Location, met with Irv Downing, Vice President of Economic Development and Institutional Advancement, and Laurie Howell, Executive Director for University Relations to make the gift presentation on July 6.

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – SEPT. 6, 2012 – Wells Fargo Foundation has made a $5,000 donation to student scholarships at The University of Texas at Brownsville in July.

“It is very gratifying to be able to provide this donation to the university’s general scholarship fund,” said Claudia Cantu-Grimaldo, Wells Fargo Rio Grande Valley District Manager.

With the designation of the gift to be the university general scholarship fund, the Wells Fargo Foundation donation will double through a matching funds program with the South Texas Academic Rising Scholars (STARS) Scholarship Fund.

“We particularly appreciate the support we receive from the local community,” said Laurie Howell, Executive Director for University Relations. “Wells Fargo in Brownsville and Wells Fargo Foundation have been consistent donors over the years. This is funding not for the university, but for our students, and we are tremendously grateful for this gift.”

Wells Fargo in Brownsville is also partnering with the UTB School of Business to employ students who are working toward business degrees. A grant from The Meadows Foundation is helping facilitate this initiative.

“This program is based on expectations held by both the student and the employer,” said Dr. Mark Kroll, Dean of the School of Business. “The employer, in this case, Wells Fargo, will work with the student to develop their career potential with the firm as long as the student performs well at work and makes satisfactory academic progress toward a degree.”

School of Business Career Counselor Maggie Arriaga said the screening process to find qualified students to enter the program has been ongoing throughout the summer. The mutual benefit of the program, she said, allows students to focus on their studies while simultaneously having employment in an area of interest, complete with mentoring. Simultaneously, it will provide employers with a flow of experienced, appropriately credentialed graduates who can enter entry-level professional positions.

“For Wells Fargo, or any company, there is no greater investment we can make in our future than education,” Cantu-Grimaldo said. “We are firmly committed to supporting the educational institutions of the lower Rio Grande Valley.”

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