Santander Group awards over 36,000 scholarships, mobility grants and internships in 2016

Santander has strengthened its commitment to higher education and young students from around the world by awarding over 36,300 new scholarships for university students, teachers and researchers in 2016.

Out of these, 44% will be Santander Mobility Grants, 32% will be Santander Internships in SMEs and 24% will be Study Scholarships.

With over 1,200 partnerships in 21 countries, and 2,100 people working for universities around the world, Santander Group, through Santander Universities, has become the biggest contributor to global corporate education CSR according to a report of companies in the Fortune Global 500 (Varkey / UNESCO-Fortune 500 Report, 2015).

Santander will allocate 169 million euros this year, an increase of 5.6% from 2015, to support universities and students to boost their employability and entrepreneurial skills.

6,807 scholarships in the UK
Out of the more than 36,300 scholarships awarded by Santander Group, 6,807 will be for UK universities, focusing on the promotion of international mobility of students, internships in SMEs, and supporting young people enter the labour market.

In 2016, more than one and a half million students and academics at UK universities will benefit from Santander Universities collaboration and support for the Higher Education sector.

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Notes to Editors

  1. Alumni must have officially graduated within two years of the date of submission. Eligible universities can be viewed here:

About Santander Universities
Santander has been collaborating with universities for more than 19 years on a unique global initiative which sets the bank apart from other national and international banks and financial institutions. The bank supports the Higher Education sector in such areas as teaching and research, international cooperation, knowledge and technology transfer, entrepreneurial initiatives, student mobility and innovation. Santander has signed collaboration agreements with over 1,200 academic institutions from America, Asia and Europe. Santander is already collaborating with 81 British Universities with agreements focused in promoting international exchange, entrepreneurial activities, employability and the mobility of students and researchers within the network.

Santander UK is a financial services provider in the UK that offers a wide range of personal and commercial financial products and services. It has brought real competition to the UK, through its 1|2|3 products for retail customers and relationship banking model for UK SMEs. As at 31 December 2015, Santander UK was one of the most switched to banks. The bank serves more than 14 million active customers with c. 20,000 employees and operates through 857 branches and 70 regional Corporate Business Centres. Santander UK is subject to the full supervision of the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) in the UK. Santander UK plc customers are protected by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) in the UK.

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Banco Santander (SAN.MC, STD.N, BNC.LN)
 is a leading retail and commercial bank, based in Spain, with a meaningful market share in 10 core countries in Europe and the Americas. Santander is the largest bank in the euro zone by market capitalization and among the top banks on a global basis. Founded in 1857, Santander had EUR 1.51 trillion in managed funds, 13,000 branches and 194,000 employees at the close of 2015. In 2015, Santander made attributable profit of EUR 5,966 million, a 3% increase with respect to the previous year.

For more information contact: Carlos Leira. Marketing and Communications Santander Universities UK. Telephone: 02077564575

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