Wheelock gets $100,000 grant

Sovereign Bank donated $100,000 to Wheelock College Wednesday to support the school’s financial literacy, college readiness, and career awareness programs in Mattapan.

The three-year partnership between the college and the bank will boost programming at the Mattahunt Wheelock Community Center.

The center helps more than 200 mostly lower-income families and children in Mattapan.


Some of the funds will also be used to support the college’s first international conference, a three-day event to discuss global challenges and opportunities facing children and families that kicked off Wednesday.

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Sovereign is owned by Spanish banking giant Banco Santander SA.

Sovereign provided the grant through its parent company’s primary philanthropic arm, Santander Universities, which has partnerships with 1,050 universities worldwide.

Deirdre Fernandes