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The Sallie Mae Fund Announces $10,000 Grant to Muncie

MUNCIE, Ind., June 27, 2012 — The Sallie Mae Fund, a charitable organization that supports programs and initiatives to help open doors to higher education, announced a $10,000 grant to the YMCA of Muncie, designated to support the Y Achiever program.

Initiated in 2006, the Y Achiever program is designed to enhance the academic, personal, career and leadership development of minority and at-risk teens in the community. During the 2011-2012 school year, Muncie Southside High School students participated in the program.

"We are so grateful for the Sallie Mae Fund gift," said Myniccia Farmer, program director, YMCA. "This unique group of students is eager to become tomorrow's business and community leaders. This gift is helping to see their goals come to fruition."

As part of the program, the students take part in tutoring sessions on Monday and Wednesday afternoons with adult volunteer leaders, learn about different careers and job readiness, and tour the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit as well as Indiana colleges during the summer.

"The Sallie Mae Fund and Muncie employees are excited to support such a worthy program that will help these students gain experience in different professions such as health care, business, computers and public service," said Dan Vipperman, senior director of Sallie Mae's Muncie center. "The hands-on learning and skills they obtain can help them gain a sense of self and figure out what future path they will pursue."

The Y is a cause-driven organization that is for youth development, for healthy living and for social responsibility. For more information visit MuncieYMCA.org.