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2017 Bridging the Dream Scholarship

The national search for students who want to make college happen is done! Come meet the amazing finalists and see what happens next.

Meet the Bridging the Dream finalists

Enter the #MissionFinish Contest

Share how being able to say "I finished!" paying off my student loan will change your life for the better to enter for a chance to win up to $10,000 to help pay down your Sallie Mae-serviced student loans. You can submit your answers from November 20, through December 15, 2017.

Get more details about the #MissionFinish Contest

Past winners

Make College Happen ChallengeSM

Over 1,000 students creatively answered one key question, how do you plan to pay for college? Ten talented winners were selected and we hosted a Facebook Live event to celebrate their accomplishments and announce how much money they won for college.

Watch ten talented students win a total of $40,000 for college

Make College Happen Challenge - Celebration Recap

Meet the top 3 winners

Blake T.
Sugar Land, TX

Gabriel G.
San Diego, CA

Amy W.
Sammamish, WA

Congratulations to the $1,000 winners

Adriena P., Shaw Island, WA
Amy W., West Des Moines, IA
Benjamin T., Greenville, NC
Jasmine C., Alhambra, CA
Madison S., Cedar Rapids, IA
Sarah W., Port Saint Lucie, FL
Vincent M., Mechanicsburg, PA

See the winning entries

Dee-1’s Pays to Repay Contest

Hip-hop artist Dee-1 teamed up with us to help students pay back their student loans. We asked customers to share how college has had a positive effect/impact on their lives. Five lucky winners won up to $10,000 each to help pay down their student loans.

Congratulations to our winners!

Cynthia O., Massachusetts
Julia B., New York
Haley M., Mississippi
Jose L., California
Ashley W., Wisconsin

See the winners’ stories

Win $5,000 during National Scholarship Month

Now through November 30, enter for a chance to win $5,000 for college—just by registering for our free Scholarship Search.

Register for a chance to win

Recent winners
Cassandra, West St. Paul, MN - $1,000
Rebecca, Depew, NY - $1,000
Kayla, O'Fallon, MO - $1,000
Rebecca, Baton Rouge, LA - $1,000
Diana, Tobyhanna, PA - $1,000
Olivia, Murphys, CA - $1,000

Bridging the Dream Scholarship

The journey to college isn’t easy. But four amazing students from around the country each won $25,000 for college in the Bridging the Dream Scholarship. See how they’re working to achieve their dreams with planning, determination… and some help from hands-on Sallie Mae employees who raised money for the scholarships.

Bryana pushes forward when life pushes back

Nothing’s ever come easy to Bryana, but she’s not going to let anything stand in her way of getting the future she wants. See what she’s doing to get the education she needs so she can thank her family and everyone who’s helped her along the way.

Kendal's determination is paving her way to college

Kendal keeps moving ahead when life takes her on an emotional and financial rollercoaster. As an honor student and standout athlete, she’s putting a plan in place to achieve her dreams, no matter what life throws at her. See how she’s working for the future she wants.

Kayla won’t let anything keep her from college

Some might give up when their life is turned upside down. But not Kayla. Even after losing everything when her home burns down, she draws on her dedication and determination to keep going. See how she moves ahead to make it to college so she can change the world.

Quinton flips the script on his college future

He stepped up to help his family and now Quinton’s doing whatever he can — as a high-flying aerialist, great student, and gymnastics teacher — to make his dream of being a pediatric surgeon a reality. See how he’s working to make the future he wants.

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No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Ends 11/30/2017. Odds of winning depend on the number of entries received. See official rules at