Scholarship America, Wells Fargo Invite Students to Apply for Disability Scholarships

Applications accepted through Dec. 6, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#ScholarshipAmerica–In honor of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, Wells
Fargo & Co.
(NYSE: WFC) and Scholarship
announce the People with Disabilities Scholarship Program
call for applications. In 2016, Wells Fargo committed $1 million over
four years to Scholarship America to develop and implement the program.
2018 marks the third year of the program.

The program’s goal is to help people with disabilities obtain the
education or training they need to succeed in the careers they choose.

“We are proud to collaborate with Wells Fargo on its People with
Disabilities Scholarship Program,” said Robert C. Ballard, president and
CEO, Scholarship America. “All students deserve an opportunity to obtain
a higher education. Wells Fargo is helping make that possible for
students with disabilities.”

To date, Wells Fargo has donated $500,000 to Scholarship America to help
74 scholarship recipients with disabilities achieve their higher
educational goals.

“Working with Scholarship America is just one of many ways Wells Fargo
is helping to financially empower people with disabilities so they may
reach their educational dreams,” said Kathy Martinez, head of Disability
and Accessibility Strategy at Wells Fargo.

Applications for the scholarship program are being accepted online
through Dec. 6, 2018, or until 700 applications are submitted. The
People with Disabilities Scholarship Program will provide awards of up
to $2,500 to qualifying full-time students, renewable up to three years.
Awards of up to $1,250 are available to qualifying half-time students
and are renewable up to seven years, or until a bachelor’s degree is
earned, whichever occurs first.

“I am extremely grateful for the scholarship,” said Kyle Hua, a Computer
Science major at California State University–Berkeley, who received a
$2,500 renewable scholarship for the 2018–19 school year. “Thanks to the
extra funds, I will be able to upgrade my computer and repair my hearing
aids. Both will help me succeed with my studies.”

Selection criteria

The selection criteria include academic performance, demonstrated
leadership, work experience, a brief statement of career and educational
goals and an outside appraisal. Financial need will be considered.

Application process

Applicants must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Have an identified disability (defined as someone who has, or
    considers themselves to have, a long-term or recurring issue that
    affects one or more major life activities).
  • Have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or
  • Be a high school senior or graduate who plans to enroll (or already is
    enrolled) in full-time or half-time (at least six credits per term)
    undergraduate study at an accredited two-year or four-year college or
    university in the U.S. for the entire 2019-2020 academic year.

Applicants are required to complete the online application and provide a
current academic transcript. The online application is accessible for
users of all abilities. A dedicated toll-free phone number and email
address are available to applicants who need additional assistance.

Each applicant also is required to submit an essay on the question,
“What life experiences have shaped who you are today?”

For more information about the scholarships, please visit

Wells Fargo’s commitment to people with disabilities

Wells Fargo has donated more than $49 million to nonprofits and launched
a number of programs since 2005 to help financially empower and employ
people with disabilities. Recent program highlights include:

Financial education

Services for the Deaf Learns
and Wells Fargo launched an online
financial education series for the deaf community available free of
charge at to all deaf, hard of hearing and deafblind individuals in the
U.S. as well as their teachers and service providers. In
addition, National
Disability Institute
and Wells Fargo released 15 quick financial
education reference guides and five disability supplemental guides
designed to provide financial educators access to resources and tools
specifically for persons with disabilities. The disability-specific
financial education materials complement existing Hands
on Banking® instructor guides

Enterprise Accessibility Program Office

Wells Fargo launched an Enterprise Accessibility Program Office. The
ultimate goals are for all individuals — customers and team members — to
be able to access and utilize Wells Fargo properties with ease and for
the company to go beyond accessible requirements.

Diverse Leaders Program

Wells Fargo hosts an annual Diverse Leaders Program for People with
Diverse Abilities, a unique three-day program for team members who
identify as individuals with a disability to understand and embrace
their strengths, overcome challenges and learn how their differences
help them add value as leaders on the company team.

To learn more about Wells Fargo’s commitment to people with
disabilities, please visit

About Scholarship America

Scholarship America focuses on ensuring ALL students have the
opportunity to succeed in their pursuit of higher education. That
mission has stayed the same since the organization’s start in 1958, when
24 students shared $4,000 in scholarships. Since then Scholarship
America has built programs that have distributed over $4 billion and
helped more than 2.4 million students as the go-to source for
scholarships, emergency aid, mentoring, coaching, financial literacy and
more. More information is available at or by
following @scholamerica.

About Wells Fargo & Company

Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a diversified, community-based
financial services company with $1.9 trillion in assets. Wells Fargo’s
vision is to satisfy our customers’ financial needs and help them
succeed financially. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco,
Wells Fargo provides banking, investment and mortgage products and
services, as well as consumer and commercial finance, through 7,950
locations, 13,000 ATMs, the internet ( and mobile
banking, and has offices in 37 countries and territories to support
customers who conduct business in the global economy. With approximately
262,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the
United States. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 26 on Fortune’s 2018
rankings of America’s largest corporations. News, insights and
perspectives from Wells Fargo are also available at Wells
Fargo Stories


Lisa Westermann, 415-845-7759
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