Wescom Named Official Banking Partner of UCLA Alumni Association

PASADENA, Calif .– (COMMERCIAL THREAD) – Continuing its long history of serving the UCLA community as a sponsor of numerous programs, Wescom Credit Union has been named an Official Banking Partner of the UCLA Alumni Association, effective July 1, 2021. The new designation will include Wescom Foundation UCLA Alumni Diversity Network Scholarship Program, support for UCLA Alumni Career Programs, and the introduction of two specially designed credit cards for UCLA alumni, current students and staff.

Wescom has been helping the UCLA community build a better financial future for over six years by providing high-value, low-cost financial products and services. Wescom offers an on-campus branch as well as online and mobile banking. With this new partnership, all Bruins will benefit from Wescom’s financial support for key programs and initiatives, as well as supporting their university and being able to show their Bruin pride.

“Building a better life is at the heart of the identity of Wescom Credit Union, and as the official banking partner of the UCLA Alumni Association, we are committed to making a difference in the UCLA community,” said Darren Williams, President and CEO of Wescom Credit. Union. “With 24 branches in Southern California, Wescom has a tremendous opportunity to serve the UCLA alumni community – 60% of which reside in the area.”

The UCLA Alumni Association chose Wescom as its “official banking partner” in part because of the Credit Union’s history with the UCLA community and the strength of its offerings.

“Wescom Credit Union continues to be a great partner for UCLA and the UCLA campus as a whole,” said Andrew Wheeler, executive vice president of Learfield IMG College, which negotiated the agreement. “We are proud to work directly with UCLA and Wescom to unveil this new affinity program which will positively impact the financial future of so many UCLA alumni in the Southern California market.”

The key elements of Wescom’s sponsorship for 2021-2028 are:

  • Bruin Edge and Bruin Choice credit cards – The new Bruin Edge and Bruin Choice Visa® The credit cards offered by Wescom are specially designed for UCLA alumni, students, faculty and staff, fans and supporters to reflect the Bruin pride and the Bruin experience. Cards feature a personalized UCLA rewards program, which allows cardholders to earn reward points at featured UCLA and Rose Bowl Stadium merchants including the UCLA store, the Pauley Pavilion presented by Wescom Credit Union, and Rose Bowl Stadium concessions, ASUCLA restaurants on campus and season or single game tickets through UCLA Athletics. Cardholders have the option of redeeming points for cash back, gift cards, travel options, merchandise, entertainment or donate them to certain UCLA nonprofits. In addition, the cards offer the benefits of exclusive offers, low introductory prices and no annual fees.
  • Wescom Foundation UCLA Alumni Diversity Network Scholarship Program –Wescom understands that removing financial barriers to higher education is an important step in closing the racial wealth gap and dismantling the long-standing inequalities that prevent many from achieving their dreams. As part of its commitment to advancing the financial well-being of all Bruins, the Wescom Foundation will provide financial scholarships to eligible students from several diverse alumni networks, including those representing Native Americans, Asia-Pacific, Blacks, Filipinos, LGBTQ +, Latinos, Muslims, undocumented migrants, first generation populations, veterans and mixed. The Wescom Foundation has allocated an impactful grant of $ 50,000 for 2021.
  • UCLA Alumni Career Programs – As part of a $ 25,000 grant provided by Wescom Credit Union in 2021, students and alumni affected by the global pandemic have had access to critical career programs, including an LGBTQ + career springboard for help students and alumni understand career fundamentals and how to navigate the intricacies of disclosure in the workplace. The Young Alumni Career Launchpad has helped alumni and students build their resumes, networking and interview skills. Wescom’s contribution also supported the Career Coaches series, which serves alumni with different career experiences.

As the Official Banking Partner of the UCLA Alumni Association, Wescom also sponsors UCLA Athletics, UCLA Campus Life and Recreation, Rose Bowl Stadium and Pauley Pavilion presented by Wescom Credit Union. For more information on Wescom, visit wescom.org.

About the Wescom Credit Union

Since 1934, Wescom Credit Union has been dedicated to helping the people of Southern California improve their lives. Headquartered in Pasadena, California, Wescom has 24 branches providing essential banking solutions to more than 200,000 members. The benefits include lower loan rates, higher savings yields, lower fees, and a strong network of branches and ATMs. Wescom is a proud recipient of the Forbes Best-In-State Credit Union Award, ranking it among the top 10 credit unions in California for two consecutive years. #WescomKindness is an extension of Wescom Credit Union’s more than 85-year tradition of serving its community through programs such as The Wescom Foundation – the employee-run charitable foundation of the credit union. For more information, please visit wescom.org.

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