Wells Fargo Foundation funds students’ college dreams

The Wells Fargo Foundation recently donated $5,000 to South Texas College’s Valley Scholars Program to provide scholarships for deserving students. From left are Roberto Gutierrez, STC fundraising associate; Anahid Petrosian, STC assistant to the vice president for academic affairs; Alma Ortega Johnson, president for the Upper Rio Grande Valley Division of Wells Fargo; and Marie Olivarez, STC Valley Scholars Program coordinator.

The Wells Fargo Foundation recently donated $5,000 to South Texas College’s Valley Scholars Program to provide scholarships for deserving students. From left are Roberto Gutierrez, STC fundraising associate; Anahid Petrosian, STC assistant to the vice president for academic affairs; Alma Ortega Johnson, president for the Upper Rio Grande Valley Division of Wells Fargo; and Marie Olivarez, STC Valley Scholars Program coordinator.

The Wells Fargo Foundation recently donated $5,000 to South Texas College’s Valley Scholars Program to provide scholarships for deserving students.

“STC is a vital part of the Rio Grande Valley community, offering students a solid foundation upon which to build their careers and lives,” said Alma Ortega Johnson, president for the Upper Rio Grande Valley Division of Wells Fargo. “We are proud to increase our support of the program and look forward to seeing the program flourish and grow, especially as more and more families recognize the importance and value of a college education.”

STC Valley Scholars was founded in 1997 to provide the financial assistance, academic support services, mentoring, and leadership development to help academically talented and highly motivated students be successful in college. More than 350 students have graduated through the program and gone on to study at premier universities around the nation including The University of Texas Pan-American, Texas A&M University, The University of California and Emerson College.

“We extend our sincere appreciation to the Wells Fargo Foundation for its donation to the program,” said Marie Olivarez, STC Valley Scholars Program coordinator. “Through their generosity, more students will realize their dreams of a college education, which may seem out of reach to many families in this challenging economy. But STC’s Valley Scholars Program is committed to opening the doors of education to all worthy students across Hidalgo and Starr counties.”

For more information about STC’s Valley Scholars Program call 956-872-1952 or visit http://academicaffairs.southtexascollege.edu/academicexcellence/valleyscholars/.

The mission of the Wells Fargo Foundation is to build strong and vibrant communities, improve the quality of life, and make a positive difference. It is a private foundation providing grants to eligible 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations to support these focus areas: education, community development, health and human services, arts and culture, the environment, and civic life.

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