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U.S. Bancorp Foundation Awards $10,000 Grant to Mapping Your Future for Its Web Site

MINNEAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 16, 2006--The U.S. Bancorp Foundation has awarded a $10,000 grant to Mapping Your Future(TM), Inc. (MYF). Mapping Your Future serves more than 2,700 postsecondary schools and is located on the web at www.mapping-your-future.org.

"We appreciate the continued support of the U.S. Bancorp Foundation," said Catherine Mueller, executive director of Mapping Your Future. "This funding will help Mapping Your Future continue to fulfill its mission of providing free online college, financial aid, career, and financial literacy information and services - services that are very important to the lives of many students and families and to the daily operations of colleges and universities around the country."

    Features of the MYF web site include:

  • Early Career Awareness - career planning information and the interactive feature CareerShip to help middle school students explore career options;

  • College Preparation and Selection - information about academic preparation needed for college, what to expect from admission procedures and standardized tests, and tips on selecting a school;

  • Financial Fitness - "Ten Steps to Financial Fitness," an interactive financial trainer dedicated to helping high school and college students build financial muscle; includes calculators to help students and families with budgeting and financial aid planning;

  • College Financial Aid - information about how to apply for student financial aid, and information on scholarships, grants, loans, and work-study programs, and a calendar of important dates in the financial aid process;

  • Online Student Loan Counseling - interactive and college-customized entrance and exit counseling sessions;

  • Live Chat Events - events that enable visitors to ask counselors about college, career, financial aid, and loan management and receive answers immediately;

  • Show Me the Future - an online financial literacy and life skills game that helps students understand the decisions they make today can have a life-long impact; and

  • Success in College - a guide to help students navigate through college.

Based in Round Rock, Texas, MYF is a national collaborative, public-service project of the financial aid industry - bringing together the expertise of the industry to provide services online. During the last 10 years, MYF has received a number of awards, including recognition for its excellence in content and innovation in technology services.

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. For more information on these services, visit www.usbank.com/studentbanking.

U.S. Bancorp (NYSE:USB), with assets of $217 billion, is the sixth-largest financial holding company in the United States. The company operates 2,467 banking offices and 4,943 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 the parent company of U.S. Bank. Visit U.S. Bancorp on the web at www.usbank.com.

CONTACT: U.S. Bancorp
Amy Frantti, Media Relations, 612-303-0733

SOURCE: U.S. Bancorp

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