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Sallie Mae to Award $25,000 College Scholarship to High School Junior or Senior from Delaware


High School Counselors and Community Leaders Are Encouraged To
Nominate Deserving Students For Sallie Mae's Bridging The Dream
Scholarship Now Through Sept. 27 at

A high school junior or senior from Delaware will receive a $25,000 Bridging
the Dream Scholarship
from Newark-headquartered Sallie Mae, the
nation's saving, planning, and paying for college company. The
scholarship is one of seven Sallie Mae will award to deserving high
school juniors and seniors this fall. Sallie Mae's Bridging the Dream
Scholarship Program recognizes students who have excelled both inside
and outside of the classroom, but whose financial circumstances or other
obstacles in life may not allow them to pursue a college education. High
school counselors and community leaders can nominate
now through Sept. 27.

Over the past two years, Sallie Mae has awarded more than $300,000 in
scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students through the Bridging
the Dream Scholarship Program. The company previously offered five
scholarships per year but is expanding to seven scholarships to honor
the legacy of former executive, and architect of the Bridging the Dream
Scholarship Program, Charlie Rocha. One of the additional scholarships
is reserved for a student in Delaware, home to more than 950 employees
at the company's Newark and Christiana locations.

"The Bridging the Dream Scholarship Program is central to our mission at
Sallie Mae of helping aspiring minds create the lives they imagine,"
said Martha Holler, senior vice president, Sallie Mae. "The program also
highlights the great work of school counselors and community leaders who
nominate these exceptional students and share in that important goal of
making the dream of college a reality. We look forward to learning about
all of the great students right here in our backyard."

Last year's Bridging the Dream Scholarship recipients, nominated by
school counselors or leaders of their local community, were: Kate
Griffith of Ebensburg, Pennsylvania, who is attending Point Park
University; Damian Lee of Lake City, South Carolina, who is attending
Northeastern University; Kylie Rapp of Frankfort, Indiana, who plans to
study elementary education in 2019; Jobany Quiterio of Taylorsville,
Utah, who is attending the University of Utah; and Peter Za of Portland,
Oregon, who is attending Babson College. Recipients shared their stories
with Sallie Mae through mini documentaries, available at

"Every scholarship opportunity that comes across my desk is a chance to
transform the life of a student," said Mychal Wynn, college planning
advisor and nominator of 2017 recipient Damian Lee. "There are many
students who work incredibly hard but need support to help them find
their path for success. These scholarships give the student the
financial security to help make it happen, and more than that, the
confidence boost in knowing so many people believe in them."

To nominate a deserving high school junior or senior, or for more
information, visit
Nominations will be accepted until Sept. 27 at 12 p.m. EDT. See official
. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. Join the
conversation by using #BridgingTheDream.

To learn more about saving, planning, and paying for college, including
Sallie Mae's free Scholarship
tool, visit

Sallie Mae (NASDAQ:SLM) is the nation's saving, planning, and
paying for college company. Whether college is a long way off or just
around the corner, Sallie Mae offers products that promote responsible
personal finance, including private education loans, free scholarship
search tools, free college financial planning tools, and online retail
banking. Learn more at Commonly known as Sallie Mae, SLM
Corporation and its subsidiaries are not sponsored by or agencies of the
United States of America.

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