Educator turned hip-hop artist Dee-1 knows the challenges of paying for college. When he paid of his own student loans, he celebrated by writing the song, “Sallie Mae Back.” Now, the hip hop star is teaming up with Sallie Mae to promote Sallie Mae’s $25,000 Bridging the Dream Scholarship and announce a national tour to educate students and their families about the importance of planning for college and financial responsibility.
Dee-1 discusses his own amazing story, the Bridging the Dream Scholarship Program, and the upcoming Bridging the Dream tour, which will visit high schools across the country. Sallie Mae will award seven $25,000 to students who exemplify excellence inside and outside the classroom.
DEE-1’s ‘BRIDGING THE DREAM’ PLAYLIST INCLUDES:
INSPIRATIONAL STORY–How hard-working students can overcome obstacles
COLLEGE CHALLENGE–What the increasing cost of education means for families
THE PAYOFF—Why a college degree is an investment in the future
PRACTICAL TIPS—How to apply for one of seven Bridging the Dream $25,000 scholarships
Dee-1 graduated from LSU with a Degree in marketing. After graduating, he taught middle school before pursuing his musical dream and signing with RCA records. After inking the deal, Dee-1 took part of his advance and paid off his student loans, which inspired him to write “Sallie Mae Back.” With “Sallie Mae Back,” Dee-1 brought a new lyrical twist to the hip hop world: the promotion of financial responsibility.
For more information, visit www.SallieMae.com/BridgingtheDream.
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