Magazine article Diverse Issues in Higher Education

Sallie Mae Introduces CD-ROM to Help Black Students Navigate the Path to College

Magazine article Diverse Issues in Higher Education

Sallie Mae Introduces CD-ROM to Help Black Students Navigate the Path to College

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WASHINGTON

The Sallie Mae Fund has developed an interactive CD-ROM that targets African-American students to help them and their families "navigate the path to college." The Fund, which is the philanthropic arm of the Sallie Mae student loan financing organization, introduced The Key: An Interactive Guide to Planning and Paying for College" CD-ROM last month at the 2006 Congressional Black Caucus' annual conference. Ttie Sallie Mae Fund has made 15,000 free copies of the CD-ROM available.

The CD-ROM features information on college and test preparation, a research guide on historically Black colleges and universities, tutorials on essay writing and college applications, free access to SAT and ACT online preparation and financial aid tips. Celebrities also make appearances on the CD-ROM, including actress and talk-show host Ananda Lewis, "Grey's Anatomy" actor Isaiah Washington and former Olympic gymnast Dominique Dawes.

"The African-American community has all the promise in the world, and for many a college education is within reach," says Leslie Meek, chair of the CBC Spouses and wife of U. …

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