NEWARK, Del.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sep 13, 2018--Only two weeks remain for local community leaders and high school counselors to nominate high school juniors or seniors for a $25,000 Bridging the Dream Scholarship from Sallie Mae, the nation’s saving, planning, and paying for college company. Counselors and community leaders can complete the application at now through Sept. 27.

Sallie Mae previously offered five scholarships per year but is expanding to seven $25,000 scholarships this year to honor the legacy of former executive and architect of the Bridging the Dream Scholarship Program, Charlie Rocha. 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 ideal candidate should be a high school junior or senior who excels in academics, athletics, community service, or school activities, but whose financial circumstances or other obstacles in life may not allow him or her to pursue a college education. The simple nomination process requires two, 200-word essays that highlight contributions inside and outside the classroom and any issues that may prevent a student from attending college.

“Throughout the country, there are remarkable students who are aspiring to turn the dream of college into a reality,” said Martha Holler, senior vice president, Sallie Mae. “Over the next two weeks, we urge high school counselors and leaders throughout the community to nominate a deserving student, and together, we’ll help make college happen!”

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 rules. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law.

To learn more about saving, planning, and paying for college, including Sallie Mae’s free Scholarship Search tool, visit Join the conversation by using #BridgingTheDream.

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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