Completing the Dream Scholarship Program



No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Valid 6/3/2024 at 12 p.m. ET–12/6/24 at 11:59 p.m. ET or until all scholarship dollars have been awarded.

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

Students on-track to complete their degree or continuous education program who are facing financial challenges may apply to receive a one-time scholarship of up to $2,500 to help complete their post-secondary education program.

Scholarship applications for AY 2024-25 are being accepted now through 12/6/24 or until all scholarship dollars have been awarded. 

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Helping more under resourced, underrepresented, and underserved students graduate

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

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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 financial obstacles that can prevent students from  under-resourced, underrepresented, and underserved communities from completing their post-secondary program, The Sallie Mae Fund launched the Completing the Dream Scholarship Program, in partnership with Thurgood Marshall College Fund.

Since 2021, we’ve awarded nearly 800 Completing the Dream Scholarships totaling $1.95 million, to help students complete their dream of higher education. 


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footnote 3. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Odds of winning depend on number of entries received. Ends 12/31/2024. See Official Rules.