Upromise by Sallie Mae awards four inspiring teens a total of $20,000 for college savings on “Steve Harvey”


Thursday, April 3, 2014 10:32 am EDT



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"These teens personify the dreams many of us have for our own children and Upromise encourages families to take action to save for college and prepare for their future."

NEWARK, Del.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Yesterday on the hit daytime show “Steve Harvey,” preparing for college became much easier for four inspiring career-driven teens, each selected from thousands of students for the prestigious Disney Dreamers Academy. To help them achieve their goals, Upromise by Sallie Mae awarded each young person $5,000 for college.

At just 16, Matthew Henderson, a junior in high school from Great Falls, Mont., is an avid entrepreneur with a thriving clothing company.

Caitlin Montgomery, a 17-year old junior from Fort Mills, S.C., plans to attend college, pursue volunteer service, and become a counselor for troubled adolescents.

Fifteen-year old high school sophomore Niani Scott of Bolingbrook, Ill., an avid poet, aims to be a television journalist after attending college as a journalism major.

Carlos Marmolejo lives in Homestead, Fla., and plans to pursue a college degree in physics with a goal of becoming a physicist or engineer.

“With $5,000 for Matthew, Caitlin, Niani and Carlos’ education, we hope to make the essential education to achieve their goals within reach,” said Erin Condon, vice president, Sallie Mae. “These teens personify the dreams many of us have for our own children and Upromise encourages families to take action to save for college and prepare for their future.”

With the cost of education rising each year, Upromise by Sallie Mae helps families boost their savings while they make everyday purchases. Whether saving for your child's college education, paying for a child now in school, or repaying student loans, Upromise by Sallie Mae enables American families to earn cash back for college through everyday purchases. Free to join, members can earn cash for college by shopping online at hundreds of major retailers, dining out, buying gas or using the Upromise credit card.

Sallie Mae (NASDAQ: SLM) is the nation’s No. 1 financial services company specializing in education. Whether college is a long way off or just around the corner, Sallie Mae turns education dreams into reality for American families, today serving more than 25 million customers. With products and services that include Upromise rewards, scholarship search and planning tools, education loans, insurance, and online banking, Sallie Mae offers solutions that help families save, plan, and pay for college. Sallie Mae also provides financial services to hundreds of college campuses as well as to federal and state governments. Learn more at SallieMae.com. 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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Debby Hohler, 617-454-6741