Bridging the Dream Scholarship

From now until September 27, Sallie Mae® is accepting nominations from counselors, teachers, administrators, community leaders, etc. for the Bridging the Dream Scholarship. This year, we will be awarding a new group of inspiring high school students with $25,000 each.
 
Do you know a high school junior or senior
– who works hard and inspires others;
– has an interesting story to tell; and
– is gifted or skilled in a way you think is outstanding?
 
Your nominee could be a student that you’ve helped guide along the way, someone who has inspired you, or a student you worry may come up financially short of fulfilling their dreams.
 
Let’s try to help them make college happen. Visit SallieMae.com/BridgingTheDream to learn more about our previous winners, how this scholarship has impacted their lives, and to nominate a student today.
 
You can help even more students find scholarships by telling them to check out our free Scholarship Search tool. It matches students with scholarship opportunities based on their unique skills, activities, and interests.

Urge Your Representative to Oppose the PROSPER Act

 
We invite you to urge your Representative to oppose the PROSPER Act by completing NACAC’s Action Alert here.
 
The Higher Education Act (HEA) was signed into law in 1965 with the intent of expanding opportunity and access to higher education in the United States. Since its creation, HEA has been reauthorized eight times; last renewed in 2008, HEA is currently up for reauthorization, which provides Congress the opportunity to make changes to the current law.
 
The Promoting Real Opportunity, Success, and Prosperity Through Education Reform (PROSPER) Act (H.R.4508) was passed out of committee by the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, and is now eligible to be brought to the House floor for debate. According to some Congressional staff members, Speaker Paul Ryan plans to do so in the coming weeks.
 
NACAC strongly opposes many of the provisions set forth by the PROSPER Act. Among the negative elements of the bill, the PROSPER Act:
 
          – disinvests in need-based student financial aid; 
          – eliminates the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant;
          – eliminates subsidized student loans;
          – eliminates Public Service Loan Forgiveness, which benefits college admission counseling professionals; and
          – eliminates or weakens a number of safeguards intended to protect students against unscrupulous, predatory
              institutions.
 
The PROSPER Act is bad for students, educators, and taxpayers. Urge your Representative to oppose it.
 
Thank you,
NACAC Government Relations