In 1996 Emilio Botín, Chairman of Santander decided that the bank should be useful to the communities in which it operates. With the conviction that the University is a vital cornerstone of development and progress, Santander Universities began its activity in Spain.
As the division began to grow so did its global outreach; eventually expanding into more than 20 countries, including Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Portugal and the UK. So far, Santander Universities has donated over €1 billion in the shape of scholarships, mobility grants, support for special projects and academic and non-academic awards.
At a local level, Santander has a fantastic relationship with the University of Lincoln where they fund projects, scholarships, and graduate internship schemes. DBS's Amy Wallis joined the Lincolnshire online marketing company through the Santander scheme and she was invited to speak at the Santander contract renewal event.
During her presentation, Amy commented "The Santander internship scheme has been a great opportunity for me. It has allowed me to get my foot through the door of a successful company like DBS. I would recommend the Santander scheme to anyone. The commercial experience gained is invaluable."
Amy is pictured here with Senor Luis Botin of the Santander Universities Division.