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Hip-Hop Artist Dee-1 and Sallie Mae Host 5K Race to Help Fund College Scholarships


Employees from Sallie Mae, the nation’s saving, planning, and paying for college company, educator-turned-hip-hop-artist Dee-1, and the local community will lace up for the second annual Sallie Mae 5K run on Sunday, June 3, at 8:30 a.m. The Sallie Mae 5K — an employee-driven fundraiser in support of the company’s Bridging the Dream Scholarship Program — is open to the public and will be held at Fort Harrison State Park in Indianapolis. Participants can register at www.SallieMae5K.com.

This year’s 5k will honor the late Charlie Rocha, former Sallie Mae chief marketing officer and champion of the Bridging the Dream Scholarship Program. Sallie Mae leadership will make a special scholarship announcement prior to the race.

Sallie Mae’s Bridging the Dream Scholarship program asks high school counselors from across the country to nominate students who have overcome obstacles and exemplify excellence both inside and outside the classroom. Counselors and community organization leaders can nominate students beginning Aug. 23. In the past two years, Sallie Mae has awarded more than $300,000 in scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students through the Bridging the Dream Scholarship program. For more details, visit SallieMae.com/BridgingTheDream.

Dee-1, the artist behind the viral hit “Sallie Mae Back,” will officially kick off the race. Dee-1 has toured high schools with Sallie Mae to promote college planning and financial responsibility.


  Educator-turned-hip-hop-artist Dee-1, Sallie Mae employees, friends, family, community members, and the public at large.


The Sallie Mae 5K to fund scholarships through the company’s Bridging the Dream Scholarship Program. The top three finishers for each age group will receive awards.


Sunday, June 3, 2018
8:30 a.m. (Media recommended to arrive at 8:15 a.m.)


Fort Harrison State Park
6000 N. Post Road
Indianapolis, Indiana US 46216

Sallie Mae (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 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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