Sallie Mae’s Scholarship Search Tool Offers Free Access to More Scholarships Than Ever

Sallie Mae’s Scholarship
Search
Now Has More Than 5 Million Scholarships Worth
$24 Billion

November is National Scholarship Month – Now’s the Time to Apply

NEWARK, Del.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Thanksgiving is around the corner, bringing to mind thoughts of family,
food, football … and scholarships? November is National Scholarship
Month and Sallie Mae, the nation’s saving, planning, and paying for
college company, is reminding families that millions of scholarships,
worth billions of dollars, are awarded each year to students with a wide
range of aptitudes, achievements, and aspirations.


Today there are scholarships for almost every interest, talent, and
situation imaginable. Thanksgiving might prompt applications to the National
Wild Turkey Federation
, which awards scholarships to students
interested in wildlife and rangeland management. And for the ultimate
Thanksgiving purist, the General
Society of Mayflower Descendants
has scholarships for, well,
documented descendants of the original Pilgrims.

There are scholarships for students who want to study subjects as
diverse as candy
making
, potato
growing
, and welding
technology
. In addition, scholarships are available for community
college students transferring to four-year institutions and students who
are first in their family to attend college.

In fact, with so many different kinds of scholarships, and so many
organizations offering them, it can be hard to know where to start
looking. That’s where Scholarship
Search by Sallie Mae
® can help. Sallie Mae has just added
2 million scholarships to this free online tool, which now offers access
to more than 5 million scholarships worth nearly $24 billion. It’s easy
to use: just register (for free), fill out a brief profile, and start
searching. The tool sends automatic alerts when it identifies new
matches. Each match includes information about the scholarship,
including award amount, requirements, and application deadlines.

In addition, those who register
for Sallie Mae’s Scholarship Search are automatically eligible to win
the Plan
for College Sweepstakes
, which awards $1,000 each month to a winner
selected at random. To commemorate National Scholarship Month, Sallie
Mae is increasing the amount awarded in the November drawing to $5,000.

“Scholarships can make a significant dent in what families spend
out-of-pocket on college, but finding and applying for them requires an
up-front investment of time and effort,” said Martha Holler, senior vice
president, Sallie Mae. “Our Scholarship Search tool simplifies the
process and makes it more productive, so students don’t have to spend
hours scouring the web.”

Sallie Mae offers these additional scholarship tips:

  • Applying is worth the time and effort. Many scholarships offer
    meaningful sums, but even if the award is small, every little bit
    helps. It’s money that doesn’t have to be paid back, and it can be
    used for textbooks, supplies, or other college-related expenses.
  • Deadlines and details matter. In the highly competitive
    scholarship arena, missing a deadline or overlooking application
    requirements will likely disqualify an applicant.
  • Students can – and should – apply each year they’re in school.
    Approximately 50 percent of available scholarships are for students
    already enrolled in college.
  • Impress the judges. Something seemingly as small as sending a
    thank-you note can have a disproportionately large effect on how an
    application is regarded.
  • Never pay for scholarships – or for scholarship searches. There
    are many free scholarship search sites like Sallie Mae’s Scholarship
    Search
    . Guidance counselors and school financial aid offices can
    recommend other reputable options.

For more tips on how to get started finding free money for college,
check out Sallie Mae’s scholarship infographic.

Scholarship
Search
is just one of the free planning-for-college tools available
online in Sallie Mae’s College
Planning Toolbox
, which includes the College
Planning Calculator
SM and the College
AheadSM Mobile App
.

For more information on saving, planning, and paying for college, visit SallieMae.com.
For official sweepstakes rules, visit Plan
for College Sweepstakes
.

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
Ellen J. Roberts, 302-451-0428
Ellen.roberts@salliemae.com