Sallie Mae to Announce Winners of ‘Make College Happen Challenge’

Three High School Students Will be Recognized During Award
Ceremony on March 22

Grand Prize Winner to Receive $10,000 for Creating a Plan to Pay
for College

NEWARK, Del.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–After months of anticipation, thousands of participants, and more than
30,000 online votes cast, three high school students and their families
will be flown to Boston to learn if they’ve won Sallie Mae’s “Make
College Happen Challenge
.” The award ceremony will take place on
March 22 at 1 p.m. on Tufts University’s Medford/Somerville Campus in

The “Make College Happen Challenge,” conducted in partnership with By
Kids For Kids, a leader in education that inspires innovation in youth,
asked entrants to communicate creatively their plan to pay for college.
The three winners (listed alphabetically by first name), Alexander
Gomez of Ruidoso, New Mexico
; Kaci Nuehring of Clive, Iowa,
and Nicolas Badila of Jonesboro, Georgia, were selected
through rounds of judging and public online voting. Sallie Mae will
reveal which of these deserving high school students will be the grand
prize winner of $10,000, as well as the second place winner of $5,000,
and the third place winner of $2,500.



Sallie Mae leadership, including Charles Rocha, executive vice
president and chief marketing officer, and Martha Holler, senior
vice president of marketing and communications; along with Norm
Goldstein, founder and chief executive officer of By Kids For
Kids; employees from Sallie Mae’s nearby Newton, Mass. office; and
the winners of the “Make College Happen Challenge” (listed
alphabetically by first name):

— Alexander Gomez of Ruidoso, New Mexico, who submitted an animated

— Kaci Nuehring of Clive, Iowa, who submitted a whiteboard video.

— Nicolas Badila of Jonesboro, Georgia, who created an
autobiographical video.


An award ceremony to announce the $10,000 grand prize winner of the
“Make College Happen Challenge,” as well the second place winner of
$5,000, and the third place winner of $2,500.


Tuesday, March 22, 2016. Reception begins at 12:30 p.m.; the award
ceremony begins at 1 p.m.


Tufts University’s Medford/Somerville Campus
The Remis Sculpture Court in the Shirley and Alex Aidekman Arts
40 Talbot Ave, Medford, Mass., 02155
(Street parking is available on College Avenue and Powder House
Blvd. Garage parking is available at Dowling Hall, 419 Boston
Avenue, Medford, Mass.)


According to “How America Pays for College 2015,” the national
research report by Sallie Mae and Ipsos, 97 percent of families
believe college is a worthwhile and critical investment in their
child’s future. Having a plan to pay for college goes a long way
toward making that dream a reality. Through the “Make College Happen
Challenge,” Sallie Mae encouraged and rewarded high school students
who are taking those all-important first steps to make college

About By Kids For Kids

By Kids For Kids® (BKFK) is an agency that empowers youth
invention, innovation, and entrepreneurship. BKFK provides a unique
platform for kids and teens to develop and showcase their ideas,
inventions, and entrepreneurship. The company provides free educational
resources, including curricula and challenges that promote social
change, product innovation, and entrepreneurial endeavors. Learn more:

About Sallie Mae

Sallie Mae (NASDAQ: 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
Commonly known as Sallie Mae, SLM Corporation and its subsidiaries are
not sponsored by or agencies of the United States of America.


Sallie Mae Contact:
Abigail Brooks, 302-451-0230
Kids For Kids contact:

Judy Klym, 203-921-9039