Investing in the future
Valencia, 23 June – Today, along with Jose Antonio Villasante, the managing director of the Banco Santander Global Universidades division, Fernando Alsono handed out Formula Santander study scholarships to one hundred students chosen from two thousand candidates. This will allow them to complete their studies in one of around a thousand universities and research centres dotted around the globe that benefit from this Santander Bank involvement. The programme was set up sixteen years ago and was presented by Santander Bank President, Emilio Botin, in Shanghai at the Chinese Grand Prix back on 14 April. It will provide three hundred study scholarships split equally between students from England, Brazil and Spain and is the backbone of the bank’s social responsibility activities, maintaining long term links with American, Asian and European universities. The students received their awards in the Valencia paddock where Alonso is taking part in the eighth round of the Formula 1 World Championship at the wheel of one of the two 150º Italia cars entered by Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro. Their grant is worth five thousand Euros and in addition they were given tickets for Sunday’s European Grand Prix. Jose Antonio Villasante presented the Spanish driver with a book signed by all the students, which tells the story of universities and their contribution to progress in the world over the past four hundred years. Also present were rectors of the main Spanish universities.