Sallie Mae to Host Facebook Live Event to Announce Winners of the ‘Make College Happen Challenge’

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Nation’s Saving, Planning, and Paying for College Company to Award
$40,000 to 10 High School Students Who Creatively Described How They
Plan to Pay for College

NEWARK, Del.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#MakeCollegeHappenChallenge–Ten high school students will learn what share of the $40,000 prize
they’ll be taking home as Sallie Mae, the nation’s saving, planning, and
paying for college company, reveals the winners of the “Make
College Happen Challenge
,” on Facebook Live on Thursday, April 20,
at 6 p.m. EDT. The first-place winner will receive $15,000; the
second-place winner will receive $10,000, and the third-place winner
will receive $8,000. Each of the other seven finalists will receive
$1,000.

More than 1,100 students from across the country entered the “Make
College Happen Challenge,” with creative entries that included videos,
rap songs, poems, essays, and other creative forms. A panel of judges
narrowed the field to 10 finalists based on creativity, effective
communication, and potential of the plan. Voting was then opened to the
general public who cast more than 35,000 votes for their favorite
entries.

Top online vote-getters, combined with judges’ scores will determine the
winners. Here are the 10 finalists, listed in alphabetical order by home
state:

  • Jasmine Chan of Alhambra, California
  • Gabriel Gaurano of San Diego, California
  • Sarah Wouters of Port St. Lucie, Florida
  • Madison Stano of Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  • Amy Wieland of West Des Moines, Iowa
  • Benjamin Trimpi of Greenville, North Carolina
  • Vincent Marchi of Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
  • Blake Takushi of Sugar Land, Texas
  • Adriena Pew of Shaw Island, Washington
  • Amy Wisegarver of Sammamish, Washington
     
WHO:

Ten high school students from across the country will learn what
share of the $40,000 prize they’ll be taking home as Sallie Mae,
the nation’s saving, planning, and paying for college company,
reveals the winners of the “Make
College Happen Challenge
,” on Facebook Live. The
first-place winner will receive $15,000; the second-place winner
will receive $10,000, and the third-place winner will receive
$8,000. Each of the other seven finalists will receive $1,000.

 
WHAT: More than 1,100 students entered the “Make College Happen
Challenge,” a contest that asked students to creatively describe how
they plan to pay for college. The finalists will join Sallie Mae on
Facebook Live to find out if they are the big winners!
 

WHEN AND
WHERE:

Thursday, April 20
6 p.m. EDT

www.Facebook.com/SallieMae

 

Join the conversation on social media using the hashtag
#MakeCollegeHappenChallenge. For complete contest rules, visit MakeCollegeHappenChallenge.com/rules.
The contest ended on Dec. 31, 2016.

For more information about saving, planning, and paying for college,
visit www.SallieMae.com.

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

Contacts

Sallie Mae
Liz Margolis, 302-451-0598
Elizabeth.Margolis@salliemae.com