The Sallie Mae Fund Helps Children Aspire to a College Education in all 50 States

  The Sallie Mae Fund Helps Children Aspire to a College Education in all 50
  States

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NEWARK, Del. -- March 13, 2013

A program to encourage middle school children to pursue a college education is
now available nationwide. Kids2College, a program of The Sallie Mae Fund,
today announced enrollment in all 50 states.

Kids2College was launched in 1992 to instill the value of a higher education
early among inner city and low-income school children. It soon expanded to
include any community with an interest in encouraging more students to attend
college.

The program pairs 6^th to 8^th graders at local schools and nonprofits with
staff at colleges and universities. Each partner facilitates a six-week
curriculum with fun, hands-on activities. Program participants explore career
options, review high school course choices and learn about financial aid.

The Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities in Albany, N.Y. is one
of the hundreds of partners that use the Kids2College curriculum.

“The Kids2College program helps us bring essential college and career
awareness to middle school students in New York State,” said Laura Anglin,
president of the CICU. “The popular program helps to instill a passion for
college early on and introduces students to the excitement of learning, as
well as the value and accessibility of higher education.”

Students enrolled in the Kids2College program also have an opportunity to tour
college campuses. On Friday, students with Prince George’s County Public
Schools will visit the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. They will
hear from the university’s president, Dr. Freeman Hrabowski, III.

“Kids2College has been a wonderful resource to help teach our middle school
students about all facets of college,” said Cindy Popol, middle school
counselor at Robert Goddard Montessori. “The workbook provides helpful,
important information and the exercises make the lessons fun. Our 7^th and
8^th grade students are excited to visit a college campus. They will have an
exceptional opportunity to meet Dr. Freeman Hrabowski, the university’s highly
regarded president and an inspiration for many young people. The Sallie Mae
Fund and Kids2College made these opportunities possible.”

Last year, President Barack Obama appointed Dr. Hrabowski to chair his
Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans.

“The Kids2College program fosters an early interest in education after high
school,” said Joni Reich, executive vice president, Sallie Mae. “College opens
the doors to a bright future full of possibilities.”

About 400 partners currently participate in the Kids2College program,
administering the free curriculum to more than 135,000 middle school students
nationwide. A Spanish-language option is also available.

To learn more about the program, visit www.thesalliemaefund.org/Kids2College.

The Sallie Mae Fund, a charitable organization sponsored by Sallie Mae,
achieves its mission — to increase college access for America's students — by
supporting programs and initiatives that help open doors to higher education.
The Fund also supports employee volunteerism and community service in the
communities where Sallie Mae employees live and work. For more information,
visit www.salliemaefund.org.

Contact:

The Sallie Mae Fund
Nikki Lavoie, 302-283-4057
Nikki.Lavoie@SallieMae.com
 
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