Applications sought for Financial Genius scholarships

Online applications will be accepted through Sept. 17 for $5,000 college scholarships offered through the U.S. Bank Financial Genius Scholarship Program.

To participate, prospective and current college students must complete eight online learning modules that cover key concepts for building financial wellness. The 15-minute courses cover such topics as credit scores, identity theft and overdraft coverage as well as paying for college, refinancing a mortgage and starting a small business.

Five students will win $5,000 scholarships to use at any eligible two- or four-year institution.

“Financial education is essential in building healthy financial habits for life,” said Erica Opstad, vice president and head of financial education at U.S. Bank. “Last year, 15,000 students received critical financial education from U.S. Bank, and 99 percent said they felt better prepared to make financial decisions.”

U.S. Bank operates a total of nearly 3,200 locations in 25 states. To obtain more information or apply for a scholarship, visit the Web site at