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10 Parents, Students and Recent Grads Win $10,000 for College in Upromise by Sallie Mae's “Make the Pledge, Keep the Promise” $100,000 Giveaway

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

10 Parents, Students and Recent Grads Win $10,000 for College in Upromise by Sallie Mae's “Make the Pledge, Keep the Promise” $100,000 Giveaway

10:19 EST Wednesday, January 29, 2014

NEWARK, Del. (Business Wire) -- Saving or paying for college just became easier for 10 lucky people across the country who each won $10,000 from Upromise by Sallie Mae in its second annual “Make the Pledge, Keep the Promise” $100,000 giveaway.

Steve Williams of Sanford, Fla., pledged to save for his two-year-old's college education and won $10,000. Another winner, Rodolfo Sosa, Jr. of Golden, Colo., will use his money to transfer to a larger college, where he can pursue his passions for renewable resources and business. Pamela Smith of Kinnelon, N.J., will use her $10,000 when her two high school-aged daughters go to college. Colleen Eggert of Plano, Texas, a career changer who recently graduated from college, will use her money to give back through her special needs daycare business.

“Thousands of people took the pledge to save for college and inspired us by sharing their dreams and their commitment to fulfill them,” said Erin Condon, vice president, Sallie Mae. “Whether college is on the horizon or you're still paying for your own education, Upromise by Sallie Mae can help make college a reality. We're thrilled to empower Steve, Pamela, Rudolfo, Brennan and six additional winners to make progress towards their goals.”

Upromise by Sallie Mae is free to join and members have earned nearly $800 million in cash back for college through everyday purchases, online shopping, booking travel or dining out. Rewards can be invested in a 529 college savings plan, used to help pay down an eligible Sallie Mae student loan, deposited into a Sallie Mae High Yield Savings Account or requested by check.

To view the winning pledges, visit

Sallie Mae (NASDAQ: SLM) is the nation's No. 1 financial services company specializing in education. Whether college is a long way off or just around the corner, Sallie Mae turns education dreams into reality for American families, today serving more than 25 million customers. With products and services that include Upromise rewards, scholarship search and planning tools, education loans, insurance, and online banking, Sallie Mae offers solutions that help families save, plan, and pay for college. Sallie Mae also provides financial services to hundreds of college campuses as well as to federal and state governments. 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
Debby Hohler, 617-454-6741

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