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Former Educator Turned Hip-Hop Artist Dee-1 and Sallie Mae Visit Houston for College Planning Event

Former Educator Turned Hip-Hop Artist Dee-1 and Sallie Mae Visit Houston for College Planning Event

10/06/2017

Former Educator Turned Hip-Hop Artist Dee-1 and Sallie Mae Visit Houston for College Planning Event

“Dee-1’s Knowledge for College Tour” Visits Houston Independent School District to Educate Students and Provide Scholarships from Sallie Mae

Sallie Mae Also Donates $20,000 to Houston Independent School District Foundation to Support Hurricane Relief Efforts

Former teacher turned hip-hop artist Dee-1, in partnership with Sallie Mae, the nation’s saving, planning, and paying for college company, visited Houston today for “Dee-1’s Knowledge for College Tour,” a six-city national tour promoting planning for college and financial literacy. Dee-1 met with and performed for 1,000 students at the Houston Power Center and awarded $5,000 scholarships from Sallie Mae to two students in the audience.

“Going to college doesn't change your life; graduating from college changes your life,” said Dee-1. “It all starts with a good game plan, and that’s why we’re here today. Our young people need the tools and resources to get on the right track not only to go to college, but also to complete college. The good news is there are free tools and resources out there that can help.”

Born David Augustine, Dee-1 graduated from Louisiana State University with a bachelor’s degree in marketing. During his visit to Houston, the rapper and motivational speaker addressed more than 1,000 high school students, discussing his transformation from middle school math teacher to hip-hop artist and his college experience. Students then joined him on stage as he performed his viral hit song, “Sallie Mae Back,” in which he celebrates repaying his student loans.

Houston was the last of six stops on “Dee-1’s Knowledge for College Tour.” During tour stops over the past three weeks in Cleveland, Indianapolis, Atlanta, Milwaukee, and Philadelphia, Dee-1 interacted with and performed for more than 5,000 high school students.

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