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We Got Spirit-Yes We Do. We Got Spirit-How About You?

If you ever went to a high school sporting event, then you should probably be familiar with the cheer mentioned above. It is hard to imagine but school spirit could actually be your ticket to gaining an additional $10,000 for college.

Sallie Mae, one of the largest financial services companies specializing in education, recently launched a “Picture of Pride” contest for students and their parents. The parent or student who best illustrates college spirit and family pride in an original photo will receive a $10,000 scholarship from Sallie Mae to be used toward college expenses.

From college visits to a high school graduation or the moment of college acceptance, Sallie Mae will showcase the experiences and school pride of college students, incoming college freshmen and their parents.

“It’s wonderful to see parents brim with pride over their child’s accomplishments and their student’s dedication,” said Martha Holler, senior vice president, Sallie Mae. “Through this contest, Sallie Mae is pleased to share these magic moments with others in the hope of inspiring them to pursue higher education, as well.”

Entries for the “Picture of Pride” contest may be submitted through Sallie Mae’s Facebook page where students and parents can also participate in conversations and find key resources to help with planning and paying for college.

Contest registration and photo submissions will be accepted through June 30, 2012. Beginning July 1, 2012, the Sallie Mae Facebook community will be invited to vote on their favorite photos to help determine the winner.

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