CLEMSON — Wells Fargo has given $500,000 to Clemson University to support two programs aimed at improving educational opportunities for underrepresented populations: Call Me MISTER and Emerging Scholars.

“We are pleased to build on our partnership with Clemson University,” said Rick Redden, community banking president for Wells Fargo in South Carolina. “This helps demonstrate Wells Fargo’s ongoing commitment to supporting programs that are focused on enhancing educational opportunities and improving diversity across our state.

“Wells Fargo is known as America’s community bank and we’re responsible for promoting the long-term economic prosperity and quality of life for everyone in our communities. If our communities prosper, we all prosper.”

Call Me MISTER began in 2000 with the goal of placing more African-American males in elementary school classrooms as teachers. Four South Carolina schools — Clemson, Claflin University, Benedict College and Morris College — participated in the program. Call Me MISTER now has expanded to 16 colleges across the state and has been implemented in eight other states.

Emerging Scholars began in 2002 with the mission of enhancing South Carolina’s economic prosperity by increasing the number of college graduates who come from economically disadvantaged areas and first-generation families.

High school students attend summer sessions at Clemson and participate in academic programs throughout the year to help introduce them to college and to encourage them to apply to the colleges of their choice. The program focuses primarily on students from three counties that rank the lowest in per capita income: Hampton, Bamberg and Allendale.

Since 2006, Wells Fargo has given $1.71 million to support Call Me MISTER and Emerging Scholars.

“Wells Fargo has been a great partner for Clemson over the years,” said Clemson President James F. Barker. “Our Call Me MISTER and Emerging Scholars programs have touched the lives of so many young people in South Carolina, thanks in large part to the support from Wells Fargo.”

Wells Fargo’s gift is part of The Will to Lead, a $1 billion capital campaign to support Clemson students and faculty with scholarships, professorships, facilities, technology and enhanced opportunities for learning and research.


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