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Sallie Mae and Its Employees Step up to Help Four Deserving High-School Students Reach College


Four high-school students recently traveled to Newark, Del., as finalists for a new scholarship from Sallie Mae; each student ended up walking away with $25,000, as recipients of the company's inaugural "Bridging the Dream Scholarship".  Sallie Mae's chairman and CEO, Raymond Quinlan, made the surprise announcement at a ceremony in front of the students' families, friends, and supporters--plus more than 500 Sallie Mae employees, who played an integral role in making the dream of college a reality for these students.

The recipients were selected after the company asked 20,000 high-school counselors to nominate students who exemplify excellence, both inside and outside the classroom; have overcome obstacles; and have a desire and dedication to make college happen.

Earlier this year, Sallie Mae employees were introduced to the finalists' personal stories and circumstances--then organized a series of fundraising events.  In just three months, the employees raised just over $50,000--which was supplemented by the company, to reach a grand total of $100,000.

To learn more about the recipients--and to see video footage of the award ceremony--click here(Statements are available in MP3 only.)


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Raymond Quinlan, Sallie Mae's chairman and CEO (:08)

Joshua Cole, Sallie Mae's manager of financial planning and analysis (:13)

Bryana Blanco, scholarship recipient from Pembroke Pines, Fla. (two bites; :18 total)

Kendal Cooney, scholarship recipient from Camden, Mich. (:04)

Quinton Lopez, scholarship recipient from Canoga Park, Calif. (two bites; :17 total)

Kayla Pinzur, scholarship recipient from Brewster, N.Y. (two bites; :14 total)



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