Wells Fargo Invites Students to Apply for Disability Scholarships
Americas, Misc., News, October 10 2017
SAN FRANCISCO: In honor of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, Wells Fargo & Company and Scholarship America 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.
“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.”
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.
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 equivalent.
- 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 assistance.
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.