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High School Counselors and Community Leaders Nominate Students for Sallie Mae”™s Bridging the Dream Scholarship Now Through Sept. 26 at

NEWARK, Del.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#BridgingTheDream–Newark-headquartered Sallie Mae® will again award a $25,000 college scholarship to a Delaware high school junior or senior through its Bridging the Dream Scholarship Program. High school counselors and community leaders can nominate students now through Sept. 26.

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.

Since 2016, Sallie Mae has awarded more than $500,000 in scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students through the Bridging the Dream Scholarship Program. Last year, Ardavia Lee “” a senior at St. Elizabeth School “” was Delaware”™s recipient of the Bridging the Dream Scholarship. Ardavia was nominated by her high school counselor, Shannan Beck.

“This is truly a special program and I want to encourage my colleagues across the state to nominate deserving students,”� said Shannan Beck, director of school counseling services, St. Elizabeth School. “It”™s a chance for us to help students in our schools and communities achieve their dreams, pursue their goals and create pathways to success.”�

Additional 2018 Bridging the Dream Scholarship recipients, nominated by school counselors or leaders of their local community were: Joe Bell of Gladstone, Missouri; Simone Dobosh of Elizabeth, Pennsylvania; Essence Duplechain of Houston, Texas; Jenna Frezza of Hammond, Indiana; Thanh Le of West Valley City, Utah; and Doug Sullivan of Saraland, Alabama. Learn more about each of the recipients at

“The Bridging the Dream Scholarship exemplifies, in name and intent, Sallie Mae”™s commitment to help students and families across the country make college happen,”� said Martha Holler, senior vice president, Sallie Mae. “High school counselors and community leaders are uniquely positioned to identify and nominate those exceptional students whose academic achievements, commitment to service, and personal triumphs deserve both recognition and reward. We look forward to learning about all of the great students from the First State.”�

To nominate a deserving high school junior or senior, or for more information, visit Nominations will be accepted until Sept. 26 at 5 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

Sallie Mae (Nasdaq: SLM) believes education and life-long learning, in all forms, help people achieve great things. As the leader in private student lending, we provide financing and know-how to help make college happen and offer products and resources to help customers make new goals and experiences, beyond college, possible. 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.


Antoine L. Oakley


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