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November 2015 Check Presentation

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Nov. 30, 2015. Photo by Tom Hagerty.

Eventually in every life’s journey, we are faced with the overwhelming presence of our most intimidating obstacles. These mountains tower over us, looming in our path, threatening to shatter our hopes and dreams. Standing face-to-face with these foreboding roadblocks, we wonder if the sheer force of our courage and determination can overcome them. It is at these pivotal times when the warmth and good-heartedness of others reaching out to join hands with us in our quest can mean the difference between success and broken dreams.

A student facing the enormity of creating the legacy of a higher education in their family, or one who is suddenly confronted with personal circumstances that threaten to obliterate their vision of a higher education, can find themselves at this crossroads in life.

No one knows this better than the generous people at Wells Fargo, whose cumulative giving to the Polk State College Foundation totaling $51,000 over the years has supported students in both of these momentous situations. Their support of first generation scholarships has helped students transform their family tree, helping them to be the first in their family to attain a college education. And their funding of emergency scholarships helps students who are the most at-risk of dropping out or stopping out due to unexpected life situations.

“We’re so glad to be a part of Polk State College. It is wonderful to work with such a community-based program as they have at the College. It really aligns with the Wells Fargo values of serving the community,” said Bob Harris, Business Banking Manager from Wells Fargo, who feels a personal connection to First Generation students at Polk State College. “I’m a first generation graduate myself. So I understand the struggles of home life and school life that they experience.”

For over two decades, Wells Fargo has stayed true to its vision and values of building a relationship of trust with each of its customers, with a deep and passionate commitment to doing what is right. And this national bank is equally devoted to its responsibility of being a leading corporate citizen. Through their operations and actions, they have shown how deeply they care, supporting the creation of resilient, sustainable communities.

On November 30, 2015 at a check presentation ceremony at Polk State College’s District Board of Trustees meeting, Wells Fargo was warmly recognized for its meaningful gift and its dedication to Polk State College. Melinda Harrison, Vice Chair of the Polk State College Foundation Board of Directors, expressed the heartfelt gratitude of Polk State College, the Polk State Foundation, and the students for whom Wells Fargo’s generosity makes all the difference in their lives and futures. Harris, who was there to receive the honor, expressed how much it means to give to Polk State students.

“It feels good to know that you’re giving kids a chance to make their lives better. And the thankfulness that we feel from Polk State College students is so wonderful. I feel a level of sincerity from them that you don’t always get,” he said. “It really creates a warm spot in your heart.”

Pictured left to right: Cindy Hartley Ross, Dr. Eileen Holden, Teresa Martinez, Mark G. Turner, Bob Harris, Dan Dorrell and Greg Littleton.