Wells Fargo awards 18 math/science grants to 30 Oregon school districts
Wells Fargo's math — July 28, 1999
Wells Fargo's math and science education grant program will add up to lots of help for students throughout Oregon in the 1999-2000 school year.
Wells Fargo has awarded 18 grants to 30 school districts throughout the state (some districts teamed up to submit a joint application). More than 200,000 students statewide will benefit from the program.
The total $356,471 given by Wells Fargo this year in Oregon through this program includes $10,000 each to the Oregon Council of Teachers of Mathematics and the Oregon Science Teachers Association. The groups will hold more than 100 in-service sessions for more than 2,000 teachers in the next school year.
Although Wells Fargo had set Sept. 30 as the application deadline, enough proposals have already been submitted to account for all of the funds allotted for this year.
"Our staff reviewed each proposal with the Oregon Department of Education," said George Passadore, president of Wells Fargo in Oregon. "Not every district got all the funds it requested. But every worthy proposal got some funding, including districts in some of the poorest areas in the state."
The districts receiving Wells Fargo education grants this year are:
Ashland - $6,175
Beaverton - $18,312
Bend-La Pine/Redmond - $15,000
Douglas ESD (11 school districts) - $18,000
Hillsboro - $20,000
Lincoln County - $16,000
Medford - $12,500
Molalla - $7,000
Newberg - $15,000
Philomath - $4,000
Portland - $90,000
Region Nine ESD (Hood River/Wasco Counties) - $13,000
Salem - $35,669
Springfield - $20,000
Three Rivers - $12,000
Tigard - $14,493
Tillamook - $9,450
Woodburn - $9,872
"We believe that the first step to success in life for our children is a quality education," said Passadore. "That is why we have made pre-kindergarten through Grade 12 education a primary focus of our charitable giving."
This is the third year Wells Fargo has offered this program to Oregon's school districts. The funds donated through this program now total more than $1 million.
The grants are part of the $300 million that Wells Fargo committed in 1996 to donate to schools and non-profit organizations in its community over a 10-year period.
Since making that commitment, Wells Fargo has given more than $6 million in Oregon. Pre-kindergarten through Grade 12 education is a major focus of the company's giving.
Founded in 1852, Wells Fargo & Company is a $201 billion diversified financial services company providing banking, insurance, investments, mortgage and consumer finance through almost 6,000 stores and other distribution channels across North America, including all 50 states, and elsewhere internationally.