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Santander and Bentley University Launch New Chapter to Support International Education
(L-R, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Michael Page, President and CEO of Santander Bank USA Roman Blanco and President Gloria Larson at an event to mark the continued partnership)
Bentley University announces that Santander Bank, N.A. has launched a new three-year agreement with Bentley that will continue the Santander Universities Study Abroad Scholarship Fund. President and CEO of Santander US, Roman Blanco, and Bentley President Gloria Larson announced the agreement during a signing ceremony on campus on March 20, 2014.
For the second three year term, the fund will provide scholarships for Bentley students to participate in academic and service-oriented study abroad programs. Santander will provide financial support through its Santander Universities Global Division, a major initiative created by Banco Santander to support higher education and advance the Bank’s goal of expanding knowledge and experience throughout the world.
“The continued support of Santander means Bentley students who might have been unable to participate in international study due to economic factors, will continue to have the opportunity to study abroad and experience deep engagement with their host culture,” says President Larson. “Over the past three academic years, the Santander Study Abroad Scholarship program has supported international experiences for 105 Bentley students. Their destinations are as diverse as their interests: Ghana, China, South Africa, Australia, Latin America and throughout Europe. These students return to campus with life-changing experiences.”
“Our relationship with Bentley is an important part of our mission to partner with universities, and we look forward to the continued success of the Santander Study Abroad Scholarship Program,” said Roman Blanco, president and CEO of Santander US. “The Bentley students who have completed projects abroad through the program exemplify our commitment to developing the global leaders of tomorrow. Through continued partnerships with important universities like Bentley, Santander will continue to affirm its commitment to higher education around the world.”
With this agreement Bentley joins a network of 33 U.S. colleges and universities that participate in the Santander Universities Global Division. Santander Universities provides these academic institutions with support for the development of scholarships, mobility grants, research, university-company relations, innovative technologies, promotion of the Spanish language and global projects like Universia, the Miguel de Cervantes Virtual Library and RedEmprendia In the United States, Santander supports 33 higher education institutions and in 2013 gave over $10 million to fund scholarships, global exchange opportunities, research projects and entrepreneurship studies.
About Santander Universities
Santander Universities is the channel through which the Santander Group supports higher education areas such as teaching and research, international cooperation, knowledge and technology transfer, entrepreneurial initiatives, student exchange and innovation. Last year, the program supported more than 4,105 new projects and 37,712 scholarships globally. In 2013, Santander Universities funded over 1,000 scholarships in the United States. For more information about Santander Universities Global Division, visit www.santander.com/universities.
Santander Bank, N.A. is a top 25 retail bank in the United States by deposits. Its main corporate offices are in Boston and it operates principally in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island. Santander’s 9,469 employees serve its 1.8 million customers through the Bank’s 706 branches, 2,074 ATMs, call centers, website and mobile app. Supervised by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and a member of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Santander in the United States is a wholly-owned, financially autonomous subsidiary of Banco Santander (NYSE: SAN), a global commercial and retail bank. For more information about Santander, visit www.santanderbank.com or call 877-768-2265.
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