Wells Fargo Invites Students to Apply for Disability Scholarships

Company also celebrates National Disability Employment Awareness
Month in October

SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–In honor of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, Wells
Fargo & Company
(NYSE: WFC) and Scholarship
announced the second annual People with Disabilities
Scholarship 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.

Applications for the scholarship program are being accepted online
through Nov. 28, 2017, or until 700 applications are submitted.

Scholarship America is pleased to work with Wells Fargo in offering
this scholarship,” said Robert C. Ballard, president and CEO,
Scholarship America. “We are committed to making postsecondary success
possible for all students. Students with disabilities have overcome many
challenges, and this scholarship can help make the dream of
postsecondary education attainable.”

In 2016, Wells Fargo committed $1 million over four years to Scholarship
America to develop and implement the program. In the first year of the
program, 38 students from throughout the U.S. received scholarships.

We were thrilled with the overwhelming response and outpouring of
gratitude from recipients in the first year,” said Kathy Martinez, head
of disability and accessibility strategy at Wells Fargo. “It was a clear
indicator that there is a need for programs that help make career
aspirations a reality for people with disabilities. We look forward to
offering the program for a second year.”

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
    impacts 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 6 credits per term)
    undergraduate study at an accredited two-year or four-year college or
    university in the U.S. for the entire 2018–2019 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 will be provided to applicants who may need additional

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


Awards are available for qualifying full-time students up to $2,500 per
year and are renewable up to three years. Awards are available for
qualifying half-time students up to $1,250 and are renewable up to seven
years or until a bachelor’s degree is earned, whichever occurs first.

For more information about the scholarships, please visit https://scholarsapply.org/pwdscholarship.

Wells Fargo’s Overall Commitment to People with Disabilities and
National Disability Employment Awareness Month

In addition to the Scholarship America and other philanthropic
initiatives, the company has an array of disability awareness programs
for Wells Fargo team members to help foster inclusion, including:

  • Fireside Chat: Disability Inclusion Starts with Me
    internal “chat” on Oct. 4 will feature five senior leaders discussing
    Wells Fargo’s commitment to people with disabilities, including the
    company’s companywide strategy, benefits, resources, tools, community
    outreach, and upcoming innovation for team members and customers.
  • Juggling it all Caregiving – Special Guest Speaker and Panel

    On Oct. 18, Wells Fargo will host special
    guest speaker Sherri Snelling, CEO and founder of Caregiving Club and
    author of Cast of Caregivers – Celebrity Stories to Help Prepare to
    . She and a panel of Wells Fargo leaders will discuss how team
    member caregivers can balance self-care while caring for a loved one.
  • Accessibility Hackathon
    In 2016, Wells Fargo
    implemented its first ever Accessibility Hackathon, in which 30
    internal teams in the U.S. and abroad worked for two days in a virtual
    environment to develop technology that would improve the accessibility
    of a product, service, or platform used by team members at Wells
    Fargo. The hackathon winners produced insightful recommendations and
    solutions to improve accessibility for tracking time in the workplace
    for team members who have low-vision or are blind. Wells Fargo hosts
    its second Accessibility Hackathon in November.
  • Awareness Month Signature Event for Team Members in Des Moines,

    For the third consecutive year, Wells Fargo’s
    Diverse Abilities Team Member Network in Iowa will host a Signature
    Event Oct. 17 and Oct. 24. The event is designed to educate people
    about various disabilities through interactive tables at two locations.

To learn more about Wells Fargo’s commitment to accessibility, please
visit www.wellsfargo.com/about/diversity/accessibility/

About Scholarship America

For nearly 60 years, Scholarship America has worked directly with
students, parents, donors, colleges, businesses and communities to
empower people to achieve their educational goals. As the nation’s
largest private education support organization, having distributed over
$3.7 billion to more than 2.3 million students, Scholarship America is
now working to further engage the private sector to support programs and
policies that advance equity in postsecondary education and help
students overcome barriers to access, persistence and attainment. More
information is available at scholarshipamerica.org.

About Wells Fargo

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, insurance, investments, mortgage, and
consumer and commercial finance through more than 8,500 locations,
13,000 ATMs, the internet (wellsfargo.com) and mobile banking, and has
offices in 42 countries and territories to support customers who conduct
business in the global economy. With approximately 271,000 team members,
Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States. Wells
Fargo & Company was ranked No. 25 on Fortune’s 2017 rankings of
America’s largest corporations. The Chronicle of Philanthropy ranked
Wells Fargo No. 3 on its most recent list of the top corporate cash
philanthropists. In 2016, Wells Fargo donated $281.3 million to 14,900
nonprofits and Wells Fargo team members volunteered 1.73 million hours
with 50,000 nonprofits. Wells Fargo’s corporate social responsibility
efforts are focused on three priorities: economic empowerment in
underserved communities, environmental sustainability, and advancing
diversity and social inclusion. News, insights and perspectives from
Wells Fargo are also available at Wells
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Lisa Westermann, 415-845-7759