Three Exceptional Teens Awarded $5,000 for College from Sallie Mae’s Upromise on “The Jeff Probst Show”

  Three Exceptional Teens Awarded $5,000 for College from Sallie Mae’s
  Upromise on “The Jeff Probst Show”

     Will Help Each Pursue Their College Education and Maximum Potential

Business Wire

NEWARK, Del. -- May 09, 2013

Sallie Mae, the nation’s No. 1 financial services company specializing in
education, awarded three remarkable teens with a $5,000 contribution to each
of their college savings accounts on today’s “The Jeff Probst Show.” Teenagers
Leanna Archer, Alanna Wall and Aaron Geer, were featured on the
nationally-syndicated talk show for their extraordinary devotion to helping
and inspiring others and received the gifts through Sallie Mae’s Upromise
college savings rewards program.

A year ago, Alanna Wall, a 12-year-old resident of Dayton, Ohio, started
Polished Girlz to give manicures to patients with special needs.Today, nearly
100 youth volunteers across the country visit hospitals, Down Syndrome
associations, and children's medical centers to offer nail treatments. In
addition, volunteers teach girls about how hand washing can reduce the spread
of infection.

“I can’t express how grateful I am to Upromise,” said Alanna Wall. “My dream
is to attend Princeton University, then attend Ohio State University where I
will study to be a zoo veterinarian. My nonprofit allows me to care for
people, and now Upromise will help me care for animals by helping me afford

At just 9 years old, Leanna Archer of Central Islip, N.Y., started her own
hair product line with her great grandmother’s secret hair recipes. In 2008,
the now 16-year-old entrepreneur began the Leanna Archer Education Foundation
to provide meals, education and better opportunities for underprivileged
children in Haiti. Additionally, Archer is a motivational speaker inspiring
teens nationwide.

With a quest to encourage people to take the initiative to make their own
dreams come true, aspiring actor and talk show host Aaron Geer, 19, of Shelby
Township, Mich., created his Follow Your Dreams video. In Geer’s video on his
YouTube channel, he talks directly to teens to encourage taking action to
pursue their goals and maximize their potential.

“As teenagers, Leanna, Alanna and Aaron already have inspired and given back
to others,” said John Ward, senior vice president, Sallie Mae. “With a college
education these natural-born leaders will gain critical knowledge that can
help amplify their amazing successes at such young ages.”

With the cost of education rising each year, Upromise by Sallie Mae helps
families boost their savings. Whether saving for a child's college education,
paying for a child now in school, or repaying student loans, Upromise by
Sallie Mae enables families to earn cash back for college through everyday
purchases. Free to join, members can earn cash for college by shopping online
at hundreds of major retailers, dining out, buying gas or using the Upromise
credit card.

“The Jeff Probst Show” airs weekdays. Check local listings for stations and
times or visit The show is produced and distributed by CBS
Television Distribution. Jeff Probst is host and executive producer; Amy
Coleman is executive producer.

Sallie Mae (NASDAQ: SLM) is the nation’s No. 1 financial services company
specializing in education. Celebrating 40 years of making a difference, Sallie
Mae continues to turn education dreams into reality for American families,
today serving 25 million customers. With products and services that include
529 college savings plans, 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.


Debby Hohler, 617-454-6741
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