Counselors and community leaders, submit your nominations! The window is open now through September 27! We’re looking for inspiring students who work hard, have an interesting story to tell, and are gifted or skilled in some way. Counselor Jenny Rockwood nominated Peter, one of last year’s winners, and changed his life. Whose life will you change?

Bridging the Dream

Meet last year’s winners

Join us in celebrating what extraordinary students can achieve with strength, perseverance, and determination. We are so excited and honored to help students bridge their dreams and make college happen.

Bridging the Dream Winner

Kate G., Ebensburg, PA

Kate has big dreams to match her big personality. She’s a top student, involved in tennis, marching band, musical theater, film-making, piano, dance, and community service projects. She takes nothing for granted—every moment counts.

Bridging the Dream Winner

Peter Z., Portland, OR

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. He's fluent in three languages and is learning three others.

Bridging the Dream Scholarship Winner| Damian’s story | Sallie Mae

Damian L., Lake City, SC

Damian consistently ranks as top of his class and is president of the Tri-M Music Honor Society, Ensemble, and the Gospel Choir. He’s excited for college and nothing will stand in his way.

Bridging the Dream Scholarship Winner| Kylie’s story | Sallie Mae

Kylie R., Frankfort, IN

Kylie’s taking all AP classes while serving on student council, being president of her local 4-H llama club, acting as captain of her volleyball team, and so much more. Working with kids is Kylie’s passion—and she dreams of becoming a teacher.

Bridging the Dream Scholarship Winner| Jobany’s story | Sallie Mae

Jobany Q., Taylorsville, UT

Jobany's an avid volunteer in his community, and president of his high school, an 1,800 student population. Under Jobany's stellar leadership, his high school has become a significantly more welcoming community.

Our employees make these scholarships possible

The Bridging the Dream Scholarship Program brings our mission to life, as employees across the company dedicate themselves to raising money to help fund the scholarships. From 5Ks to silent auctions, we’re excited to help students achieve their dreams.

Bridging the Dream

It all started with these four remarkable students

Bridging The Dream - Bryana's Story

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

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Bridging The Dream - Quinton's Story

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

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Bridging The Dream - Kendal's Story

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

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Bridging the Dream - Kayla's Story

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

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Celebrating the inspiring winners of the first Bridging the Dream Scholarship

Bridging the Dream

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