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The Sallie Mae Fund Commits $250,000 to Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware to Create College Awareness Program

Programs to Benefit as Many as One of Every Five School-Age Children in the First State

The Sallie Mae Fund announced the following news release:

Newark, Del., August 14, 2012 — The Sallie Mae Fund, a charitable organization that supports initiatives to help open doors to higher education, today announced a $250,000 commitment to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware to expand the clubs’ educational and college awareness programs for more than 20,000 Delaware children. The Sallie Mae Fund is a charitable organization sponsored by Sallie Mae, which moved its headquarters to the state in 2011.

Grants will provide funding over a four-year period for several initiatives throughout the state including learning resources centers at each of 18 club locations, books and curriculum-based guides for tutors at every grade level, and dedicated space for academic tutoring. The program also will include the roll-out of The Sallie Mae Fund's Kids2College program. Geared for middle-schoolers, Kids2College is an early college-awareness program proven to increase the expectation of going to college and spur preparation for college, particularly among high-need families.

"This opportunity will help hundreds of youth prepare for success in college and throughout life," said Boys & Girls Club President George Krupanski. "One step beyond high school is what we intend to help our club youth achieve."

"We're delighted to provide support, both financially and through employee volunteering, to help create an atmosphere of learning that will help these children excel in school and achieve their dream of going to college," said Joni Reich, president, The Sallie Mae Fund, and executive vice president, Sallie Mae.

Sallie Mae's 1,000 Newark-based employees will be encouraged to volunteer as mentors and tutors, as well as assist with projects to upgrade facilities and technology at the clubs.