New York University President John Sexton and Roman Blanco, president and CEO of Santander US, signed a renewal agreement through 2017 to support the Santander Universities Study Abroad Scholarship Program and the Santander Universities Spanish Creative Writing Fellowship. Support from Santander Bank, N.A., through its Santander Universities Division, has enabled New York University students to enrich their academic experience by studying abroad and supported graduate fellowships in Spanish Creative Writing since 2008.

“The support of Santander in allowing New York University students to study abroad and in bringing talented graduate students to the New York campus to pursue creative writing in the Spanish language is key to our continued ability to enhance and promote a global understanding of shared values and distinct cultures,” said John Sexton, president, New York University. “Given the university’s global efforts, NYU is a natural partner for Santander—a global bank, with a local focus.”

The renewed agreement generously provides funds to enable students to study at any NYU site outside of the United States through the Santander Universities Study Abroad Scholarship Program. Without support from Santander, these students would not be able to participate in one of the most meaningful aspects of an NYU education.

“The best way to contribute to the communities in which we work is by supporting higher education,” said Roman Blanco, president and CEO of Santander US. “Our support of these programs enables students at New York University to broaden their educational experience and helps prepare them for the future.”

Funding also supports the Santander Universities Spanish Creative Writing Fellowship. The NYU Creative Writing in Spanish Program is the first and remains arguably the best of its kind in the United States. The establishment of Santander’s fellowship program for graduate students in creative writing in Spanish has allowed NYU to compete for some of the most talented young artists and scholars in the field.

The continued support from Santander demonstrates its commitment to societal progress through investment in education.


About Santander Universities:

Santander Universities was founded in 1996 as a means of advancing the Santander Group’s mission to contribute to the advancement of society through its support of higher education. The Santander University Global Division provides funding for teaching and research, international cooperation, knowledge and technology transfer, entrepreneurial initiatives, student exchange and innovation. It maintains more than 1,100 agreements with universities and research centers worldwide, including 32 in the United States. In 2013, Santander Universities provided funding for 4,105 new projects and 37,712 scholarships globally, as well as over 1,000 scholarships in the United States. For more information about Santander Universities Global Division, visit

About Santander Bank:

Santander Bank, N.A. is a top 25 retail bank in the United States by deposits.  Its main corporate offices are in Boston and it operates principally in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island. Santander’s 9,469 employees serve its 1.8 million customers through the Bank’s 706 branches, 2,074 ATMs, call centers, website and mobile app. Supervised by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and a member of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Santander in the United States is a wholly-owned, financially autonomous subsidiary of Banco Santander (NYSE: SAN), a global commercial and retail bank. For more information about Santander, visit or call 877-768-2265.


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