Banco Santander tops 1 million grants to students, professionals and entrepreneurs


• In 2022 alone, over 265,000 students, professionals, startups and SMEs received aid from the bank through Santander Universities.

• In the past 25 years of its commitment to education, entrepreneurship and employability, Banco Santander has invested more than 2.2 billion euros in grants and aid.

Banco Santander has hit a new milestone in its decades-long support of education in the countries where it operates. It has awarded aid to more than 1,050,000 university students, professionals, startups and SMEs since it began investing in higher education some 25 years ago through Santander Universities, an excellent initiative that sets it apart from other financial institutions in the world.

Together with Santander Universities, Banco Santander awarded over 265,000 grants last year, totalling 100 million euros. It is also raising its target to help people improve their job prospects.

Banco Santander believes that businesses are vital in transforming our society,  and education and training are the best way to tackle the major challenges of today and tomorrow.

Each year, Becas Santander runs education and employability programmes that award student grants and free upskilling or reskilling courses in high-impact areas, such as technology, languages, research and sustainability.

The bank also runs programmes through Santander X to support startups, scaleups, micro-entrepreneurs and SMEs in every stage of building a business, with special training, networking with customers, investors and talent, and other resources they need to grow and prosper.

Banco Santander and its support for higher education

Banco Santander is firmly committed to progress and inclusive, sustainable growth. Through Santander Universities, it has been a pioneering stalwart of education, entrepreneurship and employability for 25 years, standing out among the world’s financial institutions. Since the launch of Santander Universities, the bank has deployed more than €2.2 billion and has supported more than a million students, professionals and entrepreneurial projects through agreements with nearly 800 universities across 11 countries.

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