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Sallie Mae Fund Scholarship Program

Salllie Mae Fund Scholarship Program is a charitable organization that is in place to assist students in need with college tuition costs. This initiative has awarded over one hundred and twenty three  million dollars in scholarships since 2001. This is an umbrella fund that offers several different programs for students in need. 


It is the mission of Sallie Mae that no minority student should not get the education that they are working toward because of financial need.

The Programs

Each program offered has similar criteria but different requirements:

American Dream Scholarship: from the Sallie Mae Fund website “Established in partnership with the United Negro College Fund, the American Dream Scholarship Program is open to African Americans with financial need. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, with a minimum 2.5 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale), who meet Pell Grant eligibility criteria, and are enrolled full time at approved, accredited, undergraduate institutions. Scholarships range from $500 to $5,000. “

First in My Family Scholarship from the Sallie Mae Fund website: The First in My Family Scholarship Program, developed in partnership with the Hispanic College Fund, offers scholarships to Hispanic-American students who are the first in their family to attend college and have financial need. The program is open to Hispanic Americans who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents enrolled as full time undergraduate students at approved, accredited institutions. Students must have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale). Scholarships range from $500 to $5,000.

Unmet Need Scholarships from the Sallie Mae Fund website: Open to families with a combined income of $30,000 or less, this program is intended to supplement financial aid packages that fall more than $1,000 short of students' financial need. This scholarship is not designed as a substitute for aid provided by an institution.

Writers of Passage Scholarship from the Sallie Mae Fund website: In partnership with the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education  this program involved an essay competition that awarded winning students from a Historically Black College or University, or a predominantly black college, with a $5,000 college scholarship.

Community College Transfer Scholarship from the Sallie Mae Fund website: Offered in collaboration with the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, this program provided scholarships to Latino students transferring from a community college to an approved, accredited higher education institution.

The Sallie Mae Fund Scholarship Program can provide you with the money that you need to get the education that you deserve.