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Santander Will Contribute $100 Million To Support U.S. Colleges And Universities



     Santander Will Contribute $100 Million To Support U.S. Colleges And
                                 Universities

PR Newswire

BOSTON, Oct. 21, 2013

BOSTON, Oct. 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Santander Group Chairman Emilio Botin
announced the Bank's commitment, through its Santander Universities Global
Division, to contribute $100 million to U.S. universities during the next five
years.

In a recent presentation at Lincoln Center in New York attended by university
leaders and researchers, Emilio Botin said: "At Santander we strongly believe
that education is the best way to invest in the future. For us, it is also the
best way to show our long-term commitment to the communities in which we work.
Sixteen years ago, we began an alliance with the academic world that is
unprecedented in international finance."

Regarding cooperation with U.S. universities, he said: "We are delighted to be
working with 27 U.S. universities. U.S. universities are, without doubt, an
example worldwide. Our cooperation with U.S. universities has been key for the
development and growth of Santander in this country. Today we are enhancing
our commitment to American society."

Santander's contribution of $100 million over the next five years will go
toward academic and research projects, exchange programs and improving the
relationship with and services to the university community.

The funds will support initiatives such as the granting of 5,000 international
exchange grants for students, lecturers and researchers, and the
implementation of joint research projects between U.S. universities and
institutions in Asia, Europe and Latin America. The Bank will also contribute
$1 million to the U.S. government's "100,000 Strong for the Americas"
initiative, which will facilitate 100,000 student exchanges each year between
the U.S. and Latin America and the Caribbean.

The Bank supports these and other initiatives via its Santander Universities
Global Division. The activities of Santander Universities Global Division form
the backbone of the Bank's community activities and enable it to maintain a
stable alliance with more than 1,040 universities and research centers
worldwide. Santander Universities began its support for higher education in
the U.S. in 2009 and currently has 27 agreements with educational institutions
in the country.

About Us

Santander Universities is the channel through which Santander supports higher
education areas such as teaching and research, international cooperation,
knowledge and technology transfer, entrepreneurial initiatives, student
exchange and innovation. Last year, the program supported more than 4,105 new
projects and 37,712 scholarships globally. In 2012, Santander Universities
funded over 950 scholarships in the United States. For more information about
Santander Universities Global Division, visit www.santander.com/universities.

Santander US  is a top 25 retail banks in the United States by deposits, with
a presence in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire,
New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island. Santander's 9,218
employees serve the financial goals of American consumers and businesses
through its 718 branches and 2,099 ATMs. Headquartered in Boston, Santander is
supervised by the Office of the Currency of the Comptroller and is FDIC
insured under its legal name, Santander Bank, N.A. Santander in the United
States is a wholly-owned, financially autonomous subsidiary of the Santander
Group. For more information about Santander in the United States, visit
www.santanderbank.com or call 877-768-2265.

Santander (SAN.MC, STD.N, BNC.LN) is a retail and commercial banking group
with a presence in ten main markets. Santander is the largest bank in the euro
zone by market capitalization. Founded in 1857, Santander had EUR 1.342
trillion in managed funds, 102 million customers, 14,680 branches – more than
any other international bank – and 186,785 employees at the close of June,
2013. It is the largest financial group in Latin America and has significant
positions in the United Kingdom, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Poland and the
northeast United States. Santander was recognized in 2012 as Best Global Bank
by Euromoney, ranked as a top Greenest Global Bank in 2013 by Bloomberg
BusinessWeek and was named 2013 Sustainable Global Bank of the Year by the
Financial Times. Santander's attributable profit rose 29% from a year-earlier
to EUR 2,255 million in the first half of 2013. For more information about
Santander, visit www.santanderusa.com.

SOURCE Santander

Website: http://www.santanderusa.com
Contact: Corporate Communications, Mary Ellen Higgins, Director of Public
Relations, mhiggins@santander.us, 617.346.7431
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