Wells Fargo Veterans Scholarship Program Seeks Applicants

Wells Fargo Veterans Scholarship Program

SAN FRANCISCO – Wells Fargo & Co. and Scholarship America announced today they are accepting applications for the 2018 Wells Fargo Veterans Scholarship and Wells Fargo Veterans Emergency Grant Programs.

In 2016, Wells Fargo committed $2 million over a four-year period to fund the programs and help veterans and spouses of veterans with disabilities succeed in careers they choose. Since the programs launched, 48 scholarships and 84 emergency grants have been awarded.

Wells Fargo’s robust support of military members and veterans is impressive, with efforts totaling more than $100 million in the past five years, said Robert C. Ballard, president and CEO of Scholarship America.

He said Wells looks at all of the needs of service members and veterans, from financial education to housing to scholarships and emergency grants.

Scholarship America is proud to work with Wells Fargo on these programs,Ballard said.

Mark Frank, a U.S. Navy veteran, was one of the first awarded a Wells Fargo Veteran Scholarship for the 2016-2017 school year at Louisiana State University, where he is studying to be a petroleum engineer. He served six years as a Nuclear Machinist Mate on the fast attack submarine USS Springfield,completing two deployments. Frank was awarded four Navy and Marine Core Achievement Medals, a Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, and two Sea Service Ribbons.

He currently serves as president of the Student Veterans of Louisiana State University student organization and as an adviser with Student Government Veteran & Military Affairs.

”I greatly appreciate receiving the Wells Fargo Veteran Scholarship to help me complete my education,” said Frank. ”The financial burden of college is increasingly challenging. Even with the help of the GI Bill, there is still a substantial financial burden, with daily living expenses. With this scholarship, I can focus on school rather than stress about financial debt.”

Scholarship America, one of the largest providers of U.S. post-secondary educational assistance programs, and Wells Fargo have worked together since 1991, starting with the Children of Employee Scholarship Program.

Applications for the scholarship program are being accepted through Feb. 28, 2018. Awards will be made to honorably discharged veterans or spouses of disabled veterans who are high school or GED graduates.

Renewable scholarships for up to $7,000 per year will be granted, determined by financial need and consideration of academic performance, work experience, leadership,community service, and challenges with completing a post-secondary program. Each award renewal will increase by $1,000 over the previous year to encourage program completion for each recipient.

Visit www.scholarsapply.org/wellsfargoveterans for more information and to apply.

Source: California Patch article from January 4, 2018