Santa Ana, Calif. – The Santa Ana College (SAC) Foundation recently received a $25,000 donation from The MUFG Union Bank Foundation to fund SAC’s Summer Scholars Transfer Institute (SSTI) and Promise Program. The partnership and generous contributions from Union Bank and the MUFG Union Bank Foundation have allowed initiatives like the SSTI and Promise Program to continue to transform the lives of SAC students since 2011.
“Union Bank is proud to support Santa Ana College’s student body,” said Rossina Gallegos, Director and Corporate Social Responsibility Officer for Union Bank. “Our goal is to serve as a catalyst for positive change in the lives of our students and this grant is one way to reach that objective. Through the SSTI and Promise Program, we hope to enable more first generation college students to gain an understanding of their full potential.”
The MUFG Union Bank Foundation is a nonprofit public benefit corporation that serves as an agent for charitable contributions made by MUFG Union Bank, N.A. Created in 1953, it supports the bank’s commitment to help meet the needs of the communities it serves. Its mission is to make philanthropic investments that expand access to economic opportunity in low- and moderate-income communities especially in the areas of affordable housing, community economic development, education, human services, and the environment.
The SAC SSTI Program is a ten-day residential summer institute at the University of California, Irvine (UCI), designed to prepare low-income and underrepresented community college students for transfer to the UC system. Students earn four to five transferrable credits after completing the institute, which includes coursework, counseling, and UC advisement meetings.
“Participating in the SSTI helped me decide to go to a UC,” said SAC student Allene Parra. “I had never been away from home before and it was scary at first. But staying in the dorms, using the study rooms, and having the on-campus college experience changed my entire perspective.”
In addition to the SSTI Program, the donation from Union Bank will help fund SAC’s Promise Program. Through this program, graduating seniors from Santa Ana Unified School District are guaranteed free tuition for the first year of their SAC education. Students can also participate in the free SAC laptop loan program, and are guaranteed admission to UCI or California State University, Fullerton, as long as they meet the grade point average requirements.
SAC student Sergio Sanchez is a biology and botany double-major, also minoring in English. He plans to transfer to either Chapman University or UCI, and apply to medical school. “Having my first year at SAC paid for allowed me to focus on my studies,” he said. “I wouldn’t have been able to afford college without the Promise Program.”
For more information on the Santa Ana College SSTI or Promise Program, visit www.sac.edu.
About MUFG Union Bank, N.A.
As of September 30, 2017, MUFG Union Bank, N.A. operated 361 branches, comprised primarily of retail banking branches in the West Coast states, along with commercial branches in Texas, Illinois, New York and Georgia, as well as 18 PurePoint Financial Centers and two international offices. We provide a wide spectrum of corporate, commercial and retail banking and wealth management solutions to meet the needs of customers. We also offer an extensive portfolio of value-added solutions for customers, including investment banking, personal and corporate trust, global custody, transaction banking, capital markets, and other services. With assets of $118.6 billion, as of September 30, 2017, MUFG Union Bank has strong capital reserves, credit ratings and capital ratios relative to peer banks. MUFG Union Bank is a proud member of the Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (NYSE: MTU), one of the world’s largest financial organizations with total assets of approximately ¥305.5 trillion (JPY) or $2.7 trillion (USD)¹, as of September 30, 2017. The corporate headquarters (principal executive office) for MUFG Americas Holdings Corporation, which is the financial holding company and MUFG Union Bank, is in New York City. The main banking office of MUFG Union Bank is in San Francisco, California.
1 Exchange rate of 1 USD=¥112.7 (JPY) as of September 29, 2017
About Santa Ana College
Santa Ana College (SAC), which turned 100 years old in 2015, serves about 18,000 students each semester at its main campus in Santa Ana. The college prepares students for transfer to four-year institutions, provides invaluable workforce training, and customized training for business and industry. In addition, another 11,000 students are served through the college’s School of Continuing Education located at Centennial Education Center. Ranked as one of the nation’s top two-year colleges awarding associate degrees to Latino and Asian students, the college is also recognized throughout the state for its comprehensive workforce training programs for nurses, firefighters, law enforcement and other medical personnel. SAC is one of two comprehensive colleges under the auspices of the Rancho Santiago Community College District. Visit www.sac.edu to learn more.
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