Educator Turned Hip-Hop Artist Dee-1 and Sallie Mae Will Visit Fillmore High School to Kick Off Nationwide Tour to Promote College Planning

The Bridging the Dream Tour Starring Dee-1 Will Visit Fillmore High School in California on Tuesday, Sept. 18

Thursday, September 13, 2018 5:11 pm EDT



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NEWARK, Del.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--National hip-hop recording artist, motivational speaker, and former middle-school teacher, Dee-1, and Sallie Mae, the nation’s saving, planning, and paying for college company, will visit Fillmore High School on Tuesday, Sept. 18 at 2 p.m. for the first stop of the Bridging the Dream Tour Starring Dee-1, a nationwide tour to promote college planning and financial literacy.

As a graduate of Louisiana State University and former educator, Dee-1 is uniquely positioned to inspire and motivate today’s youth with his story and message of financial responsibility. In addition to providing tips on planning for college and managing money, Dee-1 will perform his viral anthem about paying off his student loans, “Sallie Mae Back.”

Dee-1 will also encourage high school counselors and community leaders to nominate students for Sallie Mae’s $25,000 Bridging the Dream Scholarship. High school counselors and community leaders may nominate high school juniors and seniors now through Sept. 27. Recipients will be announced later this year.



Dee-1, former educator turned hip-hop artist and motivational speaker
Sallie Mae executives and employees
Manuel Minjares, Mayor of Fillmore
Stan Mantooth, superintendent, Ventura County Office of Education
Members of Fillmore Unified School District Board of Education; including
Sean Morris, president
John Wilber, principal, Fillmore High School and staff


The Bridging the Dream Tour Starring Dee-1 will visit Fillmore High School to educate more than 1,000 high school students about planning for college, financial literacy, and Sallie Mae’s Bridging the Dream Scholarship Program. Dee-1 will also perform his hit song, “Sallie Mae Back.”




Tuesday, Sept. 18
2 p.m. PDT
Fillmore High School
555 Central Ave
Fillmore, Calif. 93015
School Contact: John Wilber, Principal, 805-275-9939
Media Contact: Antoine L. Oakley, 302-509-9464
Media encouraged to arrive at 1:30 p.m., use front entrance, and sign in at school office.



Sept. 18 Fillmore High School, Fillmore, Calif.
Sept. 20 Eleanor McMain Secondary School, New Orleans, La.
Sept. 21 Pineville High School, Pineville, La.
Sept. 24 Brentwood High School, Brentwood, N.Y.
Sept. 24 Hillcrest High School, Jamaica, N.Y.
Sept. 26 University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, Green Bay, Wis.
Sept. 27 East Kentwood High School, Kentwood, Mich.
Oct. 04 Paseo Academy of Fine and Performing Arts, Kansas City, Mo.
Oct. 05 Carolina High School and Academy, Greenville, S.C.
Oct. 05 Southside High School, Greenville, S.C.


Follow the tour and join the conversation on social media by using #Dee1DreamBig and following @SallieMae and @Dee1music on Instagram.

To learn more about saving, planning, and paying for college, including Sallie Mae’s free Scholarship Search tool, visit

Sallie Mae (Nasdaq: SLM) is the nation’s saving, planning, and 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, free scholarship search tools, free college financial planning tools, and online retail banking. 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.


Sallie Mae
Antoine L. Oakley, 302-509-9464