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The UC3M and Santander Bank award the 2018-2019 Talent grants


The Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) along with Santander Bank, who supports this programme through Santander Universities, has awarded 77 grants for newly enrolled students with the best entry grades as part of the Talent programme, which relies on more than 100,000 euros and is financed with University and the financing entity funds.

La UC3M y Banco Santander entregan las becas Talento 2018-2019

The aim of this programme, which came in effect in the academic year 2017/2018, is to acknowledge the efforts and excellence of students who stand out due to their good academic results. The ceremony for the awarding of certificates to the students who have received these grants took place today in the Magna Lecture Hall on the University’s Getafe campus, with the presence-among other authorities- of the UC3M’s Vice-President for Students, Social Responsibility and Equality, Maria Luisa González-Cuéllar, and the Director of Santander Universities and Universia España, Susana García Espinel.

This call consists of two types: 50 “UC3M Grants Access”, each with 1,000 euros of funding and aimed at students from any autonomous community with the best entry grades and 27 “Scholarships Destination UC3M”, each with 2,000 euros of funding, the aim of which is to facilitate the move and settling of the students with the best entry grades coming from communities other outside Madrid.

Maria Luisa González-Cuéllar has highlighted the acknowledgement these 77 grants mean for the excellent academic career the grant-holders have fulfilled during baccalaureate studies. She has emphasised “the importance of a ceremony like today’s for the UC3M, where work well-done and the efforts of these youths are commended, who are an example for our society”.

Susana García Espinel congratulated the recipients of these grants for their efforts and encouraged them to continue working as hard: “You are all the future and at Santander we understood years ago that the best investment for future is investment in education and we recognise the value of talent and innovation. We want to support you hand in hand with universities, hand in hand with the Universidad Carlos III, committed to boosting joint programmes which acknowledge academic excellence, but which also promote equal opportunities and social inclusion”.

This year, the University has received a total of 719 applications, 273 for the Scholarships Destination and 446 for the Grants Access. The grants have been awarded to students with an entry grade above 13,660. For the awarding of the Scholarships Destination, the income of the student’s family unit has been evaluated, with the aim of developing a programme which also encourages values of fairness and equal opportunities. In total, the students who have been awarded them come from 12 autonomous communities.

The recipients of these grants will be able to join the Buddy Programme. Through this UC3M programme, students in their first year can count on the support of buddies from higher years who accompany and tutor them with the purpose of facilitating their integration into university life. As of their second year, they themselves will take part in the programme as tutors, helping new students with their own experience.

The UC3M is an innovative public university, committed to improving society through cutting-edge research and high quality teaching, in accordance with the strictest international guidelines. It is the top Spanish university and the 22nd worldwide in the QS ranking of the 50 best universities in the world which are less than 50 years old and it is included in the THE World University Rankings. It is also a leader in the Erasmus+ programme’s student mobility ranking.

Santander Bank is strongly dedicated to Higher Education which it brings to life through Santander Universidades. It is the private company which is the largest investor in the support of Education in the world (Report Varkey/UNESCO–Fortune 500) and maintains, through Santander Universities and Universia, more than 1,200 collaboration agreements with academic universities and institutions in 21 countries. Since 2002, the entity has allocated more than 1,600 million euros to academic initiatives and programmes.

For more information: Ayudas y becas de la UC3M para nuevos estudiantes