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Santander signs first agreement with Berklee College of Music (Disponible solo en inglés)

Boston, 11th March 2015-. Santander Bank, N.A. announced that it recently signed an agreement with Berklee College of Music for its Santander Universities to provide scholarships to support the Berklee Study Abroad program.

“We’re delighted to support this program that will give Berklee students the opportunity to study at the school’s international campus in Valencia, Spain,” said Roman Blanco, CEO of Santander Bank. “Study abroad programs are life-changing experiences where students can immerse themselves in the culture and traditions of their host country. These enriching experiences give students a well-rounded education and a global perspective.”

Santander’s support of the Berklee Study Abroad program will provide scholarships to undergraduate students who participate in the study abroad program at the school’s Valencia campus. Berklee College of Music, which is based in Boston, opened its Valencia campus in 2012 at the iconic opera house Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia, to offer graduate programs, summer study, and professional education programs to a music community of peers and master musicians from around the world.

"With these scholarships, Santander is allowing our students to both further their expertise and broaden their experience in the global music industry, while immersing themselves the rich Mediterranean culture of Valencia, Spain", said Berklee president Roger Brown. "Music technology and international music business will be their main focus, with plenty of opportunities to record in state-of-the art studios, perform in clubs around Valencia and Madrid, and network with students from Europe, South America, the Middle East, Asia and North Africa."

For 70 years, Berklee College of Music has evolved to reflect the state of the art of music and the music business. The college’s national after school music program for underserved teens, the Berklee City Music Network, is in 30 cities and counting. With a diverse and talented student body representing nearly 100 countries, and alumni and faculty that have collectively won more than 300 Grammys and Latin Grammys, Berklee is the world's premier learning lab for the music of today—and tomorrow.

Santander Universities was founded in 1996 to advance the Santander Group’s commitment to its communities by supporting higher education. It provides funding for teaching and research, international cooperation, knowledge and technology transfer, entrepreneurial initiatives, student exchange and innovation. It maintains more than 1,100 agreements with universities and research centers worldwide, including 35 in the United States through Santander Bank.

Since 1996, Santander Universities has provided funding for 4,100 university projects globally. Every year in the United States, Santander Universities funds more than 1,000 scholarships and supports over 70 initiatives. For more information about Santander Universities, visit www.santander.com/universities.

Santander Bank, N.A. is one of the largest retail banks in the United States by deposits. Its main corporate offices are in Boston and it operates principally in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island. Santander’s 9,703 employees serve its 1.8 million customers through the Bank’s 703 branches, 2,092 ATMs, call centers, website and mobile app.

Supervised by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and a member of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Santander in the United States is a wholly-owned, financially autonomous subsidiary of Banco Santander (NYSE: SAN), a global commercial and retail bank. For more information about Santander, visit www.santanderbank.com or call 877-768-2265.

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Roman Blanco, CEO of Santander Bank, and Roger Brown, president of Berklee.

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