NEW ORLEANS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Five deserving Sallie Mae customers today are celebrating paying “Sallie
Mae Back” as winners of Sallie Mae’s and Dee-1’s “Pays to Repay”
contest. The collaboration between the nation’s saving, planning, and
paying for college company and educator turned hip-hop artist rewarded
customers who creatively described how paying for college had a positive
effect on their future. Each had their eligible Sallie Mae student loan
paid off by the company.
“I’ve traveled the country with Sallie Mae educating high school
students and handing out scholarships, and now we’ve taken it a step
further with this contest to help people feel that joy of paying off
their student loans,” said Dee-1. “That feeling, that experience,
inspired me to write “Sallie Mae Back” and kicked off this incredible
partnership, and I’m looking forward to seeing how it inspires these
very deserving individuals.”
Dee-1 and Sallie Mae officials met with Dee-1’s “Pays to Repay” winners
in Dee’s hometown of New Orleans for a special ceremony and luncheon.
Winners Julia Brockway-Marchello of New York, New York, Haley McIngvale
of Pontotoc, Mississippi, Jose Lopez of Corona, California, Cynthia
Osemwegie of Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Ashley Waltho of Bayside,
Wisconsin are all Sallie Mae private student loan customers. The winners
were selected based on the concept, style, originality, and creativity
of their entries.
Julia Brockway-Marchello, 32, of New York, New York, is currently
completing her fellowship in hematology and medical oncology at the
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Mount Sinai Hospital in
Manhattan. She was inspired to become a doctor after being diagnosed
with cancer and undergoing treatment in the sixth grade. Julia’s
oncologist encouraged her to share her experience with other kids, which
eventually translated to a career in medicine. The life-saving knowledge
Julia has gained continues to inspire and empower her to bring the best
possible care to her patients.
Jose Lopez, 26, of Corona, California, is a second-year medical student
at the University of California, Riverside School of Medicine. The son
of Peruvian immigrants, Jose is the first in his family to attend
college in the U.S. Jose used his Sallie Mae loan to help pay for his
post-baccalaureate program in medicine.
Haley McIngvale, 28, of Pontotoc, Mississippi, received his Juris
Doctorate in 2015 at the University of Mississippi School of Law. Paying
off his student loan will allow Haley to focus on his dream of becoming
an entrepreneur and opening a small business, as well as starting a
college fund for his son.
Cynthia Osemwegie, 31, of Cambridge, Massachusetts, emigrated to the
U.S. from Nigeria as a teenager and is the first in her family to attend
college. A single parent, she’s already completed her undergraduate
degree and currently is working on her MBA with a concentration
in health care management at Cambridge College in Cambridge,
Massachusetts. Paying off her student loan will enable her to save more
money for her daughter’s education.
Ashley Waltho, 24, of Bayside, Wisconsin, recently earned a Bachelor of
Science degree in health care administration from the University of
Wisconsin-Milwaukee. After growing up in a household with 12 siblings,
she proudly became the first female in her family to graduate from
college, and she was able to do so while working. Ashley is already
putting the skills she learned in college to good use in her current
role as an executive director at a skilled nursing facility.
“From being first in their family to attend college, to taking an
entrepreneurial leap, to helping others, our contest winners are shining
examples of the value of a higher education,” said Martha Holler, senior
vice president, Sallie Mae. “Like Dee-1, these inspiring individuals
offer their perspectives on how college has changed their lives and,
what’s more, they are using their degrees to pay it forward. We are
thrilled to partner with Dee not only to pay off their student loans,
but also to share their stories.”
In addition to Dee-1’s “Pays to Repay” contest, Sallie Mae and Dee-1
partnered for “Dee-1’s
Knowledge for College” tour, which awarded $95,000 in scholarships
to high school students in five states. Together, Sallie Mae and Dee-1
have awarded more than $130,000 in scholarships and loan payments to
students and customers across the country. Dee-1 and Sallie Mae also
released the “Pay
Off Your Student Loans Playlist,” a set of tips, tools, and
resources to help students understand and manage student loan payments.
For more information, visit www.Salliemae.com/Dee1.
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paying for college company. Whether college is a long way off or just
around the corner, Sallie Mae offers products that promote responsible
personal finance, including private education loans, Upromise rewards,
scholarship search, college financial planning tools, and online retail
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