The Sallie Mae Fund’s Completing the Dream Scholarship Program helps minority students and others from 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 AY 2021-22 will be accepted on a rolling basis until 8/31/22 or until all scholarship dollars have been awarded.

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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.

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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

Unmet financial need remains a significant barrier to degree completion for many low‐income students, especially those in their final year of college. To address lagging completion rates among minority students and others from historically underserved communities, The Sallie Mae Fund has partnered with Thurgood Marshall College Fund to provide completion scholarships to fill the gap and help students cross the finish line to graduation.

For AY 2021-22 there are nearly 200 scholarships available totaling more than $460,000.

If you are a student who is on track to graduate, with an unmet financial need or an outstanding school balance, apply for the Completing the Dream GAP Scholarship today! 

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