Wells Fargo donates $350,000 to Clemson diversity programs

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Representatives and students from Call Me MISTER and Emerging Scholars programs gather with donors from Wells Fargo for a luncheon.Image Credit: Clemson University photo
CLEMSON – Students in two Clemson University programs will benefit from scholarships and course enhancement, resulting from a Wells Fargo gift of $350,000.  The funding — $200,000 in scholarships for Call Me MISTER and $150,000 for Emerging Scholars — will support initiatives focused on improving educational outcomes for diverse student populations across South Carolina.
“We are thrilled to continue our support of Clemson University’s Emerging Scholars and Call Me MISTER programs,” said Wells Fargo South Carolina Community Affairs Officer Susan Bankson. “Wells Fargo believes that supporting education is one of the most important investments we can make in our country’s future. Today’s young people are tomorrow’s business owners, leaders and teachers, and we are proud to support Clemson University in its efforts to provide students with opportunities through significant diversity initiatives like these programs.”
Lee A. Gill, Clemson’s chief diversity officer and special assistant to the president for inclusive excellence, said the Wells Fargo gift plays a crucial role in Clemson’s continuing efforts to pull increasing numbers of students from underserved areas. He said Wells Fargo’s support is also integral to increasing the pool of diverse educators in the state.
“Wells Fargo’s generous grant to these programs could not be more welcomed or timely,” said Gill. “As Clemson focuses greater attention on inclusive excellence, this grant brings brighter educational and career prospects for young people of color and first-generation college students.”
Call Me MISTER (Mentors Instructing Students Toward Effective Role Models) was established to increase the number of diverse teachers in South Carolina. The program provides tuition assistance for its students in teacher education at participating colleges. It also provides a social, cultural and academic support system that helps assure the graduates’ success.
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