Bridging The Dream Scholarship Program for High School Seniors 2023-24

The Bridging The Dream Scholarship owned by the Sallie Mae Fund is pleased to provide financial assistance to current outstanding high school seniors planning to enroll in full-time undergraduate study at an accredited two- or four-year college, university, or continuing education program.

About Bridging The Dream Scholarship

In 2021, The Sallie Mae Fund, launched scholarship programs to further encourage variety in higher education among minority scholars and other historically underserved societies. Working in collaboration with The Thurgood Marshall College Fund, they are granting $3 million in scholarships over the next 3 years to help students reach their goal of post-secondary education.

The Sallie Mae Fund’s Bridging the Dream Scholarship Program, in collaboration with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, assists students of color and those from underserved communities in gaining access to and completing higher education.

Sallie Mae and The Sallie Mae Fund share a steadfast commitment to making a difference both nationally and locally through strategic grantmaking, scholarships, employee giving, and financial literacy programs that boost confidence as students embark on their individual journeys and ultimately thrive in college, careers, and communities.


Scholarship Amount

Each of the twenty-seven (27) scholarship winners will receive up to a $10,000.00 scholarship. Scholarship awards are disbursed in equal installments to the Winner’s school for up to eight (8) semesters to cover qualified tuition, fees, books, and supplies.

The total of such qualified costs may not be exceeded by scholarship awards. Unless the Winner’s undergraduate tuition costs are fully funded, the Scholarship may be applied to qualified graduate school expenses.

The award can be deferred on an individual basis, but it must be used within 10 years. In its sole discretion, the Sponsor reserves the right to substitute any Scholarship for a different Scholarship of equal or greater value. The Scholarships are solely the responsibility of the sponsor. Each household may only receive one (1) scholarship. The approximate total value of all Scholarships is $270,000.00.

Eligibility for Bridging The Dream Scholarship

Minority students and those from marginalized or underserved communities, such as Black, Hispanic, Pacific Islander, Indigenous, LGBTQ+, low-income, first-generation, and rural students, are eligible for the Bridging the Dream Scholarships. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents who qualify for the Pell Grant.

Application Requirements

  • Application form
  • Transcripts
  • Proof of Financial need
  • Recommendations or reference letters

Deadline and Opening dates

This application opens on the 17th of January 2023 and closes on the 28th of February 2023 (12 p.m. Eastern Standard Time)

How to apply for Bridging The Dream Scholarship


To get the names of the last year’s winners, which will be available after April 19, 2022, send a mail to Sallie Mae 2021-20222 Bridging the Dream Scholarship Program for High School Seniors Winners, 300 Continental Drive, Newark, DE 19713, Attn: Corporate Marketing.

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