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CSUB awarded over $85K in grants from Wells Fargo Foundation and the Virginia and Alfred Harrell Foundation

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Posted at 4:16 PM, May 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-26 19:16:20-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — The Wells Fargo Foundation and the Virginia and Alfred Harrell Foundation awarded California State University, Bakersfield, two large gifts totaling $85,750, the university said Tuesday.

CSUB said that these funds will be used to purchase software, Chromebooks and hotspots for students accessing their education through virtual learning.

“The swift transition to alternative delivery created challenges for students already struggling with the digital divide in terms of accessing software remotely, connecting from home to the internet, or even having a basic computer,” said Faust Gorham, associate vice president of Information Technology Services and chief information officer. “Thanks to our amazing partners, we were able to address these challenges and deliver software virtually, provide hotspots for connectivity and computers to empower students.”

The Wells Fargo Foundation awarded the university a $45,000 grant, which will assist students with access to the software programs they need to complete their required courses and continue their college education.

“Given these unprecedented times, it is critical that we continue working together to support our communities,” said Wells Fargo Community Relations Senior Consultant Gabriela Mello. “Wells Fargo is proud to support students at CSU Bakersfield by helping them obtain the tools they need to complete their education to become our community’s future leaders.”

The Virginia and Alfred Harrell Foundation awarded $40,750 to help students who are unable to purchase Chromebooks, hotspots or software.

“The Virginia and Alfred Harrell Foundation is happy to be able to help out the community in these unusual times, and we are especially pleased that our funding will help make education accessible to all,” the foundation said in a statement.