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Sallie Mae to Award Five Deserving High School Students $25,000 for College
[August 11, 2017]

Sallie Mae to Award Five Deserving High School Students $25,000 for College

Sallie Mae, the nation's saving, planning, and paying for college company, today announced it will award five $25,000 college scholarships to deserving high school students as part of the second annual Bridging the Dream Scholarship Program. Beginning now through Sept. 7, school counselors and community organization leaders can nominate high school juniors and seniors who exemplify excellence inside or outside the classroom.

High school counselors and community organization leaders are encouraged to nominate inspiring high school juniors and seniors who have excelled in academics, athletics, community service, or school activities, but whose financial circumstances may not permit them to pursue a college education. The application requires nominators to submit two detailed descriptions highlighting the nominee's personal and academic achievements and any major life challenges they have faced.

"The Bridging the Dream Scholarship Program represents the true embodiment of our mission - to help make the dream of college a reality for students and their families," said Charlie Rocha, executive vice president, Sallie Mae. "We're looking forward to recognizing and celebrating the accomplishments of another extraordinary group of students from communities across the nation this year!"

Last year's Bridging the Dream Scholarship Program recipients, Bryana Blanco of Pembroke Pines, Florida, Kendal Cooney of Camden, Michigan, Quinton Lopez of Canoga Park, California, and Kayla Pinzur of Brewster, New York, had their futures transformed after they each received $25,000 from Sallie Mae.

Lopez, Pinzur, and Blanco each completed their freshman year in spring 2017, and all three proudly earned 4.0 GPAs. Lopez is currently attending California State University and plans to pursue a degree in medicine. Pinzur attends Northeastern University (News - Alert) and is pursuing a degree in physical therapy, while Blanco is enrolled in the nursing program at the University of South Florida. Cooney will attend college this fall and is planning to study nursing.

"Once I earn my nursing degree, I will be trained to help patients in need, but - aside from my work in the medical field - I also hope to encourage and empower others to see that they can overcome any challenge," said scholarship recipient Bryana Blanco. "I am eternally grateful to my high school counselor for taking the time to nominate me for Sallie Mae's Bridging the Dream Scholarship; it's literally changed my life!"

For more information on the Bridging the Dream Scholarship Program or to nominate a deserving student, visit See official rules. No purchase necessary. Ends Sept. 7, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. EDT, or when 1,000 eligible entries are received. Void where prohibited by law.

To learn more about saving, planning, and paying for college, including Sallie Mae's free Scholarship Search 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, Upromise rewards, scholarship search, 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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