NEWARK, Del.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug 27, 2018--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 students 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 SallieMae.com/BridgingTheDream.

“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 SallieMae.com/BridgingTheDream. Nominations will be accepted until Sept. 27 at 12 p.m. EDT. See official rules. 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 Search tool, visit SallieMae.com.

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 SallieMae.com. 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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