Niagara University freshman Victoria Latino was selected as one of 27 nationwide recipients of this year’s Bridging the Dream Scholarship for High School Seniors. The scholarship from Sallie Mae and Thurgood Marshall College Fund provides deserving students with up to $10,000 each to help access higher education. 

Latino, of Mine Hill, N.J., was chosen from more than 1,100 applicants, based on her academic performance and upstanding moral character. She is a criminal justice major and a member of Niagara University’s  volleyball team. She says receiving the scholarship "helped my family relieve the financial stress of university, which allowed me to focus on my academics and play for the school that I love."

“Our commitment to students from historically underrepresented communities is realized through programs like The Sallie Mae Fund’s Bridging the Dream Scholarship,” said Dr. Harry L. Williams, president and CEO, Thurgood Marshall College Fund. “We are grateful for this ongoing partnership and shared mission of making higher education more accessible and affordable.”

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