The Sallie Mae Fund’s Completing the Dream Scholarship Program helps diverse students from historically 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 2022-23 are being accepted now through  5/31/23 or until all scholarship dollars have been awarded. 

By 2024, we’ll award nearly 800 Completing the Dream Scholarships totaling $1.95 million, to help students from underserved communities complete their dream of higher education. 

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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.

College completion rate1

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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.

Unemployment rate2
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college graduates
 

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non-completers

Weekly earnings2
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college graduates
 

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non-completers


A scholarship to help students persist and succeed


To address financial obstacles that can prevent  minority students and those from  historically 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. 

By 2024, we’ll award nearly 800 Completing the Dream Scholarships totaling $1.95 million, to help students from underserved communities complete their dream of higher education. 


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1. This information was gathered on 6/28/22 from https://nces.ed.gov/programs/digest/d19/tables/dt19_326.10.asp?current=yes.

2. This information was gathered on 6/28/22 from https://www.bls.gov/emp/chart-unemployment-earnings-education.htm.

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