Completing the Dream Scholarship Program


The Sallie Mae Fund’s Completing the Dream Scholarship Program helps diverse students from underrepresented, and others from historically underserved communities complete their post-secondary education. 

The scholarship application period is now closed. 

Helping more under-resourced, underrepresented, and underserved students graduate

Graduating from higher education provides a clear pathway to opportunity, but students from historically underserved communities finish their degree programs at lower rates than their white peers.

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College completion rate chart

The benefits of completing higher education

College graduates receive more economic rewards throughout their lifetime, compared to those who leave school with no degree.

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A scholarship to help students persist and succeed

To address lagging completion rates among under-resourced and underrepresented students and others from underserved communities, The Sallie Mae Fund has launched the Completing the Dream Scholarship Program, in partnership with Thurgood Marshall College Fund.

Over the next three years, we’ll award 780 Completing the Dream Scholarships totaling $1.95 million, helping more students complete their dream of higher education.


More ways to get free money for school

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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.footnote 4

Find scholarships for college

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Students who register for our free college planning tools—Scholarship Search, Graduate 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.footnote 4

Register for a chance to win



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footnote 4. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Ends December 31, 2023. See Official Rules.