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The Sallie Mae Fund’s Bridging the Dream Scholarship Program for High School Seniors helps make the dream of higher education a reality for outstanding students from minority and other historically underserved communities.

The Thurgood Marshall College Fund is currently reviewing the scholarship applications we received for the 2021-22 academic year.

Helping more minority and underserved students access higher education

In 2021 the Sallie Mae Fund expanded the Bridging the Dream Scholarship Program to further promote diversity in higher education among minority students and other historically underserved communities.

Working in partnership with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, we’ll award 75, $10,000 scholarships to high school seniors over the next three years, totaling $750,000.

Meet our past scholarship winners

From 2016-2019, Sallie Mae awarded $625,000 in Bridging the Dream Scholarships to 25 outstanding high school students. Check out the inspiring stories of our winners, whose lives changed forever.

Anas
Aspiring doctor

Anas gets involved whenever he can. He’s active in several student organizations and is lead volunteer at a hospital. His mission is to become a doctor in the developing world and discover new medical advances.

Brooklyn
Aspiring accountant

Brooklyn spreads kindness to everyone. She’s helped deliver meals for police officers and firefighters, participated in the Million Meals Movement, and helps train new employees at her job at Goodwill.

Jaivyance
Aspiring neuropsychologist

When a community tragedy struck, Jaivyance was inspired to step up and serve others. She volunteers at blood drives, creates classroom support hotlines, and helps out with activities like peer tutoring.

Jemima
Aspiring nurce practitioner

Since emigrating from Haiti in 2013, Jemima is now fluent in three languages and takes honors-level courses. A true leader, she volunteers with the Special Olympics and tutors fifth-graders while balancing school activities.

Josh
Aspiring entrepreneur

Josh leads by lifting up those around him. Always first to volunteer for any event, Josh was asked to serve as president of his Best Buddies group. Josh also plays golf with the New England Professional Golf Association.

Nicole
Aspiring chemical engineer

Cystic fibrosis may sap some of Nicole’s energy, but dancing has taught her resilience. She excels in her role as dance captain of the school musical, while pursuing her second passion—science. She plans to become a chemical engineer.

Niyera
Aspiring world activist

A first-generation African refugee, Niyera’s determined to thrive. She helps care for her family and volunteers at two hospitals. Her heart is set on a medical career where she can give back to her refugee community.

Shawn
Aspiring engineer

Shawn has learned to be self-sufficient. Through a work-based learning program, he scored a job at the chemical company BASF. Now he’s taking classes to get a jump start on college. Nothing will stop him.

Victor
Aspiring athletic trainer

Victor has a giving heart and is eager to help. Though he’s busy going to school, caring for his brothers, and playing football, Victor finds time to volunteer by helping kids from underprivileged homes.

Ardavia

Ardavia’s dedicated to her community and loves to volunteer. She’s a leader who spreads kindness. Her goal is to get a law degree and continue to help people.

Simone

A talented painter with a creative mind, Simone turned to art to express herself when home wasn’t a safe place. She wants to make the world a better place and help people who face similar situations.

Jenna

Jenna shines at school and is an avid reader, winning several awards for her love of books. Her motivation to succeed is inspiring. She wants to go to college and study dental hygiene.

Essence

When Essence lost her sister, she was determined to honor her by becoming the first in the family to go to college. She wants to combine her love of sports and health sciences by helping people as a chiropractor.

Joe

Joe’s a natural leader at school. He inspires his peers to stand up for what they believe in and is a voice for those who don’t feel empowered. His mission is to help make a difference in the world.

Doug

Doug is driven. He thrives in his community, in academics and as captain of his football team. He isn’t going to let anything stand in his way as he pursues a bachelor’s and master’s degree in finance.

Thanh

Thanh excels in academics, extracurriculars, and athletics, while juggling multiple jobs to support himself. He works hard every day to achieve his dream of college and working in health sciences.

Kate

Kate has big dreams. She’s a top student, involved in tennis, marching band, musical theater, film-making, piano, dance, and community service projects.

Damian

Damian consistently ranks as top of his class and is president of the Tri-M Music Honor Society, Ensemble, and the Gospel Choir. Nothing will stand in his way.

Kylie

Kylie is a member of student council, president of her local 4-H llama club, and plays the role of captain on her volleyball team. She dreams of becoming a teacher.

Jobany

Jobany’s an avid volunteer in his community, and president of his high school. Under Jobany’s leadership, his high school has become a significantly more welcoming community.

Peter

Peter wants the best education possible, so he can one day support his family financially. He holds a 4.0 while participating in soccer, drumming, tutoring, and volunteer activities.

Bryana

Bryana believes in helping people—at home, in school, and in her community. She dreams of becoming a nurse.

Quinton

Quinton uses every extra moment to develop skills that might help him stand out to colleges.

Kendal

Kendal’s committed to entering the medical field to make a difference in people’s lives.

Kayla

After a devastating house fire, Kayla drew on her dedication and determination to keep going.

More ways to get free money for school

Scholarship Search is a free way to get access to more than 6 million scholarships worth up to $30 billion, including scholarships specifically for minority students. Register for Scholarship Search and enter for a chance to win $1,000 for college.1

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Students who register for our free college planning tools, including Scholarship Search and the College Planning CalculatorSM, can enter for a chance to win our monthly sweepstakes. We draw one name every month to receive $1,000 for college.1

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1. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Ends 11/30/2021. Odds of winning depend on the number of entries received. See official rules at SallieMae.com/SweepstakesRules.