Wells Fargo Gift Funds New Program for GED Grads

Charlottesville, VA -Wells Fargo has given $10,000 to Piedmont Virginia Community College to support a new program for GED graduates interested in continuing their education at the College.

PVCC's Emerging Scholars program will provide 15 students with a one-semester scholarship for two classes to help them transition from GED classes to college. Emerging Scholars recipients also receive one-on-one academic coaching, financial aid counseling, tutoring and more.

"I am proud to work for a company that is such a leader in investing in the communities we serve," said Wells Fargo Western Virginia Regional President Dee O'Donnell. "The $10,000 donation to PVCC is an excellent investment in Central Virginia because it helps local students have a better chance to succeed in college and in their careers after graduation."

The Wells Fargo donation came as part of the PVCC 2013 Annual Campaign, with the $10,000 donation designated to the PVCC Emerging Scholars program. "Wells Fargo makes contributions in areas that we believe are important to the future of our nation's vitality and success," said O'Donnell. "We look for projects that keep our communities strong, diverse, and vibrant, with education being one of our focus areas."

"Wells Fargo is a valued corporate partner of PVCC," said PVCC President Frank Friedman. "The generosity of Wells Fargo brings about a better community for all of us in Central Virginia in many important ways."

Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a nationwide, diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.4 trillion in assets. Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 9,000 stores, 12,000 ATMs, and the Internet. With more than 265,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States.

Wells Fargo was ranked No. 25 on Fortune's 2012 rankings of America's largest corporations and rated in 2013 by Fortune as the world's 38th most admired company. Barron's in 2013 rated Wells Fargo as the world's 27th most respected company.

Emerging Scholars applications are available online at www.pvcc.edu/emergingscholar. For more information about PVCC's Emerging Scholars program, contact Lynda Smethurst, adult career coach, at 434.293.8901 or lsmethurst@pvcc.edu.