The Sallie Mae Fund’s Completing the Dream Scholarship Program helps outstanding students from minority and other historically underserved communities complete their post-secondary education.

Students in their final year 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 Fall 2021 are open through March 8, 2021. Winners will be announced in early May.

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Helping more minority and underserved students graduate

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

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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Unemployment rates2



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A scholarship to help students persist and succeed

To address lagging completion rates among minority students and other historically underserved communities, The Sallie Mae Fund has launched the Completing the Dream Scholarship Program, in partnership with the 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.


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Scholarship winners

Total scholarships awarded


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