Former Educator Turned Hip-Hop Artist Dee-1 and Sallie Mae Bring ‘Dee-1’s Knowledge for College Tour’ to Atlanta

Dee-1 Will Talk to High School Students About Planning for College in Partnership with Sallie Mae, the Inspiration for His Hit Song, ‘Sallie Mae Back’

One Student at the Tour Stop Will Receive $5,000 for College from Sallie Mae

Tuesday, September 26, 2017 9:57 am EDT



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NEWARK, Del.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dee-1, the former middle school teacher turned hip-hop artist and motivational speaker, will meet with students from Grady High School in Atlanta on Wednesday, Sept. 27, as part of “Dee-1’s Knowledge for College Tour," sponsored by Sallie Mae. One student in the audience will receive a $5,000 scholarship for college from Sallie Mae.

Born David Augustine, Dee-1 graduated from Louisiana State University with a bachelor’s degree in marketing. After graduating, he taught middle school in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, before pursuing his musical dream and signing with RCA Inspiration records. With “Sallie Mae Back,” Dee-1 brought a new lyrical twist to the hip-hop world: the promotion of financial responsibility. He strives to be real, righteous, and relevant and to help young people achieve the dream of a higher education.

Atlanta is one of six stops for “Dee-1’s Knowledge for College Tour.” During tour stops last week in Cleveland and Indianapolis, Dee-1 interacted with and performed for nearly 3,000 students.

WHO: Dee-1, former educator turned hip-hop artist and motivational speaker, in partnership with Sallie Mae, the nation’s saving, planning, and paying for college company.

“Dee-1’s Knowledge for College Tour" will visit Grady High School in Atlanta, where Dee-1 will meet with students to discuss the importance of planning for college. He will also perform his hit song, “Sallie Mae Back.” One student at the event will receive a $5,000 scholarship from Sallie Mae.

WHEN: Wednesday, Sept. 27
9:52 -10:52 a.m. EDT

Media encouraged to arrive at 9:30 a.m.


Grady High School

929 Charles Allen Dr. NE

Atlanta, Georgia 30309

Contact: Dr. Shaketha Blankenship, 404-802-3052

Media please use front entrance and sign in at school office.


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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, Upromise rewards, scholarship search, 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.

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