For Immediate Release
November 01, 2023
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Caron Jackson

(BPRW) Sallie Mae ® Awards $250,000 in Scholarships to Expand Access to Higher Education

The Bridging the Dream Scholarship for High School Seniors Provides Up to $10,000 to Under-resourced and Underrepresented Students

(Black PR Wire) NEWARK, Del.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- To commemorate National Scholarship Month, Sallie Mae, today announced the latest recipients of its Bridging the Dream Scholarship for High School Seniors. The Sallie Mae Fund -- the company's charitable arm -- has partnered with Thurgood Marshall College Fund for the last three years to award scholarships to deserving, under-resourced and underrepresented students.

"Expanding access and affordability is central to our mission at Sallie Mae and why we continue to offer scholarship programs that reach those students who often need the most support,” said Nic Jafarieh, executive vice president, Sallie Mae. “This year’s diverse and impressive Bridging the Dream scholarship recipients were selected from more than 1,100 applicants nationwide, and a majority are attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities.”

“Our commitment to students from historically underrepresented communities is realized through programs like The Sallie Mae Fund’s Bridging the Dream Scholarship,” said Dr. Harry L. Williams, president and CEO, Thurgood Marshall College Fund. “We are grateful for this ongoing partnership and shared mission of making higher education more accessible and affordable.”

This year’s Bridging the Dream Scholarship recipients are:

  • Mohamed Adam of New Hyde Park, N.Y., attending Stony Brook University
  • Nicholas Allen of Milton, Ga., attending North Carolina A&T State University
  • Ka’Mya Anderson of Horn Lake, Miss. attending Alabama A&M University
  • Azhyia Clemons of Rochester, N.Y., attending North Carolina A&T University
  • Madison Corzine of Fort Worth, Tex., attending Spelman College
  • Emery Delbridge of McDonough, Ga., attending Savannah State University
  • Devin Dixon of Ellenwood, Ga., attending Tuskegee University
  • Na’Zari Donegal-Pringle of Wilmington, Del., attending Delaware State University
  • Nyela Harrison of Hayward, Ca., attending Hampton University
  • Nakeia Jones of Conway, Ark., attending Middle Tennessee State University
  • Anna Kaplan of Centreville, Va., attending Oakland University
  • Victoria Latino of Mine Hill, N.J., attending Niagara University
  • Dominic Lee of Kennesaw, Ga., attending Clark Atlanta University
  • Marcellus Odum of Lake Cormorant, Miss., attending Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Matthew Payne of Jonesboro, Ga., attending Fort Valley State University
  • Nydia Phillips of Texas, Al., attending Southern University and A&M College
  • Andrew Pierre of Lanham, Md., attending Bowie State University
  • Reyna Porter of Lithonia, Ga., attending Howard University
  • Chayil Rattler of Stockbridge, Ga., attending Jackson State University
  • Tyson Redding of Fontana, Ca., attending University of Hawaii of Manoa
  • Milan Rothe of Lakeway, Tex., attending Howard University
  • Maya Stepnick of Toledo, Ohio, attending The Ohio State University
  • Sienna Stewart of Gahanna, Ohio, attending Kentucky State University
  • Jared Wilder of North Charleston, S.C., attending Hampton University
  • Sydney Wright of Richmond, Va., attending Norfolk State University
  • Alexander Young of Douglasville, Ga., attending Morehouse College
  • Makaila Young of Oswego, Ill., attending Xaver University of Louisiana

“Receiving the Bridging the Dream Scholarship allows me to pursue the education I need to achieve my goal of becoming a journalist,” said scholarship recipient Chayil Rattler. “I also get to enjoy the rich culture and HBCU traditions without worrying about the financial burden on my parents.”

Scholarships can help make college more affordable but too often families are unaware about their availability and what it takes to qualify. Research from Sallie Mae and Ipsos found 40% of families don’t apply for scholarships because they don’t think they’ll qualify and they are not sure where to look for them. Free tools like Sallie Mae’s scholarship app Scholly, simplify and centralize the process to search and apply for millions of dollars in scholarships.

For more information visit and download Scholly today at or in the App Store or on Google Play.

Sallie Mae (Nasdaq: SLM) believes education and life-long learning, in all forms, help people achieve great things. We provide financing and know-how to support access to college and offer products and resources to help customers make new goals and experiences, beyond college, happen. Learn more at Commonly known as Sallie Mae, SLM Corporation and its subsidiaries are not sponsored by or agencies of the United States of America.

Source: Sallie Mae