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U.S. Bank Announces 2003-2004 Internet Scholarship Program

MINNEAPOLIS, Oct 2, 2003 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- High school seniors can now go online to access a source of college scholarship dollars at usbank.com/studentbanking. The U.S. Bank Internet Scholarship Program, available only through the Internet, will award up to thirty $1,000 college scholarships to graduates of the high school class of 2004. This is the eighth consecutive year of the U.S. Bank Internet Scholarship Program. Scholarship awards for the past seven years total nearly $180,000.

"At U.S. Bank we know that paying for college is a challenge for many students and their parents," said Lori Bloomberg, U.S. Bank senior product manager. "Through our web site, we offer free information about our Internet scholarship program and a powerful scholarship search engine that helps students find other scholarship programs in addition to U.S. Bank's. Our site also features information about paying for college, including college financial planning and student loan guides."

The U.S. Bank Internet Scholarship Program application will be available exclusively through the Internet between now and February 29, 2004. Internet access is available at most high schools and public libraries at no charge.

Scholarship award recipients are selected through a random drawing process. Students who plan to attend an accredited two- or four-year college in the fall of 2004 in a full-time course of study are eligible to apply. They must also be a United States citizen or permanent resident alien, and graduate from high school during the 2003-2004 academic year. See the web site for additional scholarship information.

Recipients of a U.S. Bank Internet Scholarship will be notified of their selection in the spring of 2004. Only high school seniors are eligible for the scholarship program.

U.S. Bank is one of the top student banking institutions in the nation, providing a comprehensive line of student banking products including student loans, campus ID card programs, Internet banking, U.S. Bank student checking and savings, and Visa Buxx(R) prepaid spending cards. U.S. Bank student loans offer quality toll-free customer service, state-of-the-art loan processing, online application accessibility, and a variety of repayment options that offer savings to borrowers. Student loan products include Federal Stafford, PLUS, Consolidation, and Supplemental education loans. The U.S. Bank Web site usbank.com/studentbanking offers the full array of student banking products, services and paying for college information as well as a powerful scholarship search engine.

U.S. Bancorp (NYSE:USB), with assets of $195 billion, is the 8th largest financial services holding company in the United States. The company operates 2,199 banking offices and 4,575 ATMs, and provides a comprehensive line of banking, brokerage, insurance, investment, mortgage, trust and payment services products to consumers, businesses and institutions. U.S. Bancorp is home of the Five Star Service Guarantee which assures customers of certain key banking benefits and services or customers will be paid for their inconvenience. U.S. Bancorp is the parent company of U.S. Bank. Visit U.S. Bancorp on the web at usbank.com.


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