Wells Fargo has worked with Indspire, a national Indigenous registered charity, to establish the Wells Fargo Indigenous Student Award. The award will assist six Indigenous students with their post-secondary education at our co-op/intern feeder schools in finance/business or technology.
Indspire is dedicated to investing in the education of Indigenous people for the long-term benefit of these individuals, their families and communities, and Canada. "I give my sincere thanks to Wells Fargo for your generosity to Indspire's Building Brighter Futures: Bursaries, Scholarship and Awards — helping to empower Indigenous students to achieve their greatest potential," said Roberta Jamieson, president and CEO of Indspire. "Your investment in Indigenous youth across Canada will encourage and empower them, converting their ambitions and inspirations into achievement and a brighter future. Your commitment is sending a clear message that every student should be given that chance to succeed and for that, we are truly grateful!"
Alongside the award commitment, Wells Fargo is also participating in Indspire's Rivers to Success mentorship program. The program matches Wells Fargo team members with post-secondary Indigenous students to prepare them for success in the workforce.
The Rivers to Success program requires a one-year commitment with 3 to 4 hours of mentoring every month. Mentoring can be in the form of in-person meetings, phone calls, or via Skype, offering flexibility for both Wells Fargo team members and the students.
The mentorship program has been received with great enthusiasm from Wells Fargo's Canada leaders, including Canada Country Head Rick Valade and Securities Leader Steve Shapiro, both of whom have been matched with a student.
"We are very excited to contribute to the lives of Indigenous communities in Canada and help Indigenous students succeed," said Rick Valade, Canada Country Head. "As Wells Fargo continues to champion a diverse and inclusive workplace, we are proud to invest in the future of individuals from all backgrounds and walks of life, and look forward to making a difference."
Next year, Wells Fargo will sponsor a workshop at the 2019 Soaring: Indigenous Youth Empowerment Gathering in Calgary where high school students will learn about career and post-secondary education options. The bank is also proud to support the 2019 Indspire Awards, a celebration of individuals who demonstrate outstanding achievement in the Indigenous community.
Continuous commitment to local communities
Wells Fargo is no stranger to making a positive impact in the local communities. In 2017, the bank invested $286.5 million and volunteered 2 million-plus hours in nonprofits. Furthermore, $4.6 million has been awarded through diverse scholarship programs to increase access to education and employment opportunities for local communities.