NEWTON, Mass., July 7, 2009 – Amongst unprecedented competition for college scholarships and financial aid, Shelontae Carter of Washington, DC has been awarded a $2,500 scholarship from Upromise, Inc., Sallie Mae’s saving-for-college company. Today, Upromise named the 200 winners nationwide who will receive grants for the 2009-2010 academic year. The Upromise Scholarship supports its members’ pursuit of a college education and is based on both need and merit.

From Alabama to Wisconsin, 200 hard-working students across the nation are one step closer to realizing their dreams of funding a higher education. The grants are made possible through partnerships with many of America’s leading brands, including lead sponsors Bank of America and Bed Bath & Beyond®. Additional support is provided by Canon U.S.A., Inc.’s eStore.com, Kaplan, Rewards NetworkSM and Sallie Mae.

“This year we saw a tremendous increase in applicants, clearly demonstrating the increased need for help saving and paying for college,” said Upromise President David Rochon. “We believe the opportunity to learn should not be hindered by affordability, which is why we doubled the total amount of this year’s scholarships.”

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