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WU Foundation Responds to Mexico City Earthquake

By Elizabeth Roscoe Executive Director WU Foundation The Western Union Foundation is supporting efforts to provide emergency services and disaster relief to the people of Mexico City and its surrounding areas following this week’s earthquake. According to officials, the death toll keeps rising and multiple buildings – including schools – were destroyed. The Foundation is donating USD $30,000 to Save the Children, one of our disaster relief partners, which is setting up psychosocial support and “friendly spaces” for children in schools and ...

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The WU Foundation Awards 174 Scholarships Globally

WU Scholars Class of 2017 Represents 65 Countries, 153 Colleges and Universities Today, the Western Union Foundation awarded 174 scholarships to post-secondary students resident in 64 countries as a part  of the WU Scholars Program*. The global program is focused on supporting students around the world who are pursuing a post-secondary education in the areas of science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM), business and entrepreneurship. The WU Scholars Class of 2017 represents 65 countries, 153 colleges and universities, and 65 percent recipients are female. Each student will receive USD $2,500 (or ...

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The WU Foundation Awards 174 Scholarships Globally

WU Scholars Class of 2017 Represents 65 Countries, 153 Colleges and Universities Today, the Western Union Foundation awarded 174 scholarships to post-secondary students resident in 64 countries as a part  of the WU Scholars Program*. The global program is focused on supporting students around the world who are pursuing a post-secondary education in the areas of science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM), business and entrepreneurship. The WU Scholars Class of 2017 represents 65 countries, 153 colleges and universities, and 65 percent recipients are female. Each student will receive USD $2,500 (or ...

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Meet the WU Scholars Class of 2017

Congratulations to the WU Scholars Class of 2017.  174 students from 65 countries, representing 153 colleges and universities around the world, were chosen for this inaugural class.  To demonstrate how WU Scholars are working hard to change the world, below are a few of the winners from the Class of 2017.  More information about the program can be found at WUScholars.org. Dedicated to the well-being of children, Felice has chosen to pursue a degree in Psychology to help those impacted by trauma live healthy, ...

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Ebola’s Long Shadow: After the Epidemic, Moms and Babies Remain Victims or are Still Suffering

Heidi Murkoff, author of “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” We all remember the horrific Ebola outbreak that gripped West Africa just a couple of years ago. More than 11,000 people died from the virus, most of them in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. Children were orphaned, parents were left childless, entire families were nearly wiped out. Yet as heartbreaking as the immediate human toll of Ebola was, the deadly ripple effects of the epidemic were far more wide-reaching. No ...

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WU Foundation Responds to Flooding in South Asia

By Elizabeth Roscoe Executive Director WU Foundation The Western Union Foundation is supporting efforts to provide emergency services and disaster relief to India, Bangladesh and Nepal, which are facing one of the worst flooding disasters to hit the region in years. According to officials, more than 1,200 people have lost their lives already, and millions more have lost their homes. Through our collaboration with the American Red Cross, the WU Foundation is donating USD $20,000 to the Red Cross and Red Crescent ...

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Western Union Ramps Up Support for Communities Affected by Hurricane Harvey

In continued support of the communities and families affected by the devastation of Hurricane Harvey, The Western Union Company, a leader in global payment services, and The Western Union Foundation, today activated a rapid response plan to ramp up accessibility of money transfer services in impacted areas of Texas, and pledged an increased contribution to the American Red Cross, with matching grants up to a combined total of $200,000. * Western Union President and CEO, Hikmet Ersek, said, “Our company is guided ...

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WU Foundation Supports Red Cross Hurricane Harvey Relief

By: Elizabeth Roscoe, Executive Director of the Western Union Foundation Our hearts and thoughts are with all in Texas who have been impacted by Hurricane Harvey. To support communities and families affected by the recent hurricane devastation in Texas, The Western Union Company, a leader in global payment services, has responded by providing support for families and communities most affected by Hurricane Harvey. Western Union will provide $0 Fee money transfers when sending from Western Union Agent locations and telephone money ...

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WU Foundation’s Response to the Sierra Leone Mudslides

By Elizabeth Roscoe The Western Union Foundation is supporting the Red Cross in its efforts to provide emergency services to the affected communities in Sierra Leone, where recent flooding and mudslides have killed at least 400 people and displaced thousands more. We are donating USD $10,000 to the Red Cross, so that it can provide the community with urgently needed clean water, shelter, hygiene kits and other essential supplies. Our hearts go out to the families affected by the devastation in Sierra ...

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Rebuilding Lives After Disaster Strikes

This past spring, deadly mudslides tore through Mocoa, Colombia, killing and injuring more than 650 people and devastating the area. In response, the Western Union Foundation provided financial support to Mercy Corps, a global humanitarian aid agency which swung into action to assist in the recovery effort. In this guest blog, Britt Rosenberg, Director of Corporate Partnerships at Mercy Corps, describes their work:   Early in the morning on April 1, heavy rains triggered flash flooding and mudslides in the city of ...

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