On August 28th, rapper Dee-1 announced via Facebook Live that he and Sallie Mae are teaming up again to educate young Americans on college and financial literacy through the Knowledge for College Tour. The claim was confirmed by one of Sallie Mae’s web pages.
For the second straight year, Dee-1 and Sallie Mae will be hitting the road to challenge high school students to attend a higher education institution while also educating them on important financial topics related to college. Additionally, Dee-1 will perform his hit song, “Sallie Mae Back,” and one fortunate student will win a $5,000 scholarship for their college endeavors.
On Monday, Dee-1 and Sallie Mae urged Facebook users to check in on Dee-1’s Facebook page for a major Facebook Live announcement at 10:00 AM EST. Sure enough, Dee-1 informed his fans that the Knowledge for College Tour will resume for a second year.
In 2016, Dee-1 and Sallie Mae joined forces for their first Knowledge for College Tour, which visited five different states. On last year’s tour, $95,000 was given away to aspiring college students. Further, over 3,000 high school students were inspired to take action because of the college education tour.
In February of this year, Dee-1 and Sallie Mae once again joined together to help pay off the student loans of five lucky borrowers. As part of the Pays to Repay contest, student loan borrowers had to describe how paying off their student loans had made a positive impact on their future. Ultimately, five lucky borrowers from diverse education backgrounds were selected as the winners and had their student loan debt paid off in full.
Sallie Mae has taken part in a number of initiatives that encouraged young Americans to attend college and take on student debt responsibly. Just a couple of weeks ago, LendEDU covered the story regarding Sallie Mae renewing its Bridging the Dream Scholarship Program for the second year. The program awards five deserving high school students with $25,000 each. Those who receive the prize money must display excellence both outside and inside the classroom, despite dealing with financial hardships. The candidates must be nominated by community organizers or high school guidance counselors and must be a high school junior or senior.
Author: Mike Brown
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