Sallie Mae Awards $250,000 in Scholarships to Increase Access to Higher Education

Education Landscape

To commemorate National Scholarship Month, Sallie Mae announced the latest recipients of its Bridging the Dream Scholarship for High School Seniors. The Sallie Mae Fund, the company’s charitable arm, has partnered with Thurgood Marshall College Fund for the last three years to award scholarships to deserving under-resourced and underrepresented students. 

This year’s 27 deserving high school students were awarded up to $10,000 each to access higher education.

The diverse and impressive Bridging the Dream scholarship recipients were selected from more than 1,100 applicants nationwide and a majority are attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities. They are pursuing a diverse range of degrees, including criminal justice, musical theater, social work, engineering, and more.

Meet this year’s outstanding students.

2023-2024 Bridging the Dream Scholarships Recipients

Mohamed Adam

Hometown: New Hyde Park, N.Y.

College: Stony Brook University

Major/Minor: Political Science and Economics

Nicholas Allen

Hometown: Milton, Ga.

College: North Carolina A&T University

Major/Minor: Biology, Business Finance and Engineering

Azhyia Clemons

Hometown: Rochester, N.Y.

College: North Carolina Central University

Major/Minor: Pre-Law, Political Science and Accounting

Madison Corzine

Hometown: Fort Worth, Texas

College: Spelman College

Major/Minor: Political Science

Emery  Delbridge

Hometown: McDonough, Ga.

College: Savannah State University

Major/Minor: Environmental Science

Na’Zari Donegal-Pringle

Hometown: Wilmington, Del.

College: Delaware State University

Major/Minor: Business

Nyela Harrison

Hometown: Hayward, Calif.

College: Hampton University

Major/Minor: Systems, Organization and Management

Nakeia Jones

Hometown: Conway, Ark.

College: Middle Tennessee State University

Major/Minor: Audio Production

Anna Kaplan

Hometown: Centreville, Va.

College: Oakland University

Major/Minor: Musical Theatre

Victoria Latino

Hometown: Mine Hill, N.J.

College: Niagara University

Major/Minor: Criminal Justice

Dominic Lee

Hometown: Kennesaw, Ga.

College: Clark Atlanta University

Major/Minor: Pre-Law, Business, Marketing, Communications and Spanish

Marcellus Odum

Hometown: Lake Cormorant, Miss.

College: Georgia Institute of Technology

Major/Minor: Mechanical Engineering and Public Policy

Nydia Phillips

Hometown: Texas, Ala.

Major/Minor: Southern University and A&M College

Major/Minor: Business

Andrew Pierre

Hometown: Lanham, Md.

College: Bowie State University

Major/Minor: Computer Science and Engineering

Reyna Porter

Hometown: Lithonia, Ga.

College: Howard University

Major/Minor: Theatre Arts and Sports Medicine

Chayil Rattler

Hometown: Stockbridge, Ga.

College: Jackson State University

Major/Minor: Mass Media Arts, Theatre

Tyson Redding

Hometown: Fontana, Calif.

College: University of Hawaii of Manoa

Major/Minor: Education, Business and Animation

Maya Stepnick

Hometown: Toledo, Ohio

College: The Ohio State University

Major/Minor: Environmental Science or Social Work (Undecided)

Jared Wilder

Hometown: North Charleston, S.C.

College: Hampton University

Major/Minor: Physics and Biology

Sydney Wright

Hometown: Richmond, Va.

College: Norfolk State University

Major/Minor: Broadcast Journalism

Makaila Young

Hometown: Oswego, Ill.

College: Xavier University of Louisiana

Major/Minor: Biology, Chemistry and Spanish

Ka’Mya Anderson

Hometown: Horn Lake, Miss.

College: Alabama A&M University

Major/Minor: Biology

Sienna Stewart

Hometown: Gahanna, Ohio

College: Kentucky State University

Major/Minor: Environmental Science

Alexander Young

Hometown: Douglasville, Ga.

College: Morehouse College

Major/Minor: Cybersecurity

Devin Dixon

Hometown: Ellenwood, Ga.

College: Tuskegee University

Major/Minor: Veterinary/Animal Sciences

Matthew Payne

Hometown: Jonesboro, Ga.

College: Fort Valley State University

Major/Minor: Electrical Engineering

Milan Rothe

Hometown: Lakeway, Texas

College: Howard University

Major/Minor: Herbal Medicine, African Studies and Business Marketing