$250,000 Grant from Pepsi-Cola Will Help U.S. Students Afford College

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1 Million votes from the public are needed each day in May, to ensure funding of the U.S. College Fund, a new web-based financial aid pilot program.

William W. Craig, III; Founder of U.S. College Fund.com

“We have finally reached the “tipping point” in hiring practices, where a college education is one of the most valuable tools in a job seeker’s arsenal."

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When William Craig, III, was laid off from work in early 2009, he had no idea how difficult it would be to find steady, dependable employment. Although he had commanded an annual salary of nearly $100k as a corporate trainer and project manager, the sharp turn in the economy brought into focus a ‘kink’ in Craig’s qualifications armor. He had no college degree. This lead to the birth of an idea - the U.S. College Fund.

“I figured I had to create an opportunity for myself and others,” Craig confides; “Statistics show there are millions in the U.S. who don’t have a degree and can’t afford to pay for college. This is why I believed the future U.S. College Fund website would be a ‘game-changer for many.”

From that impetus, the universe seemed to stamp its approval on his efforts. Craig states, “After I had the idea to create the U.S. College Fund, I heard about the Pepsi grant program.”

The “Pepsi Refresh Everything” program was launched in January of 2010, by the Pepsi-Cola Corporation, makers and global marketers of widely consumed soft drinks and other snack items. Each month, approximately $1.3 million in grants are awarded via an online competition. To date, 65 grants have been awarded nationwide.

Finalists, like Craig’s U.S. College Fund, jockey for the grant awards (ranging from $5,000 to $250,000) by receiving daily votes from the public at the official Pepsi/U.S. College Fund voting site.

Craig quips, “Why should we complain about what others won’t do to help us, if we are not willing to do more to help ourselves? Getting a million votes every day will virtually assure success of the project!”

According to Craig, the timing for the U.S. College Fund is perfect. “We have finally reached the “tipping point” in hiring practices, where a college education is one of the most valuable tools in a job seeker’s arsenal. Casting a daily vote for this much needed pilot program will help millions of students (of all ages) realize their dream of a college education!”

For others interested in winning a grant from Pepsi, Craig has created a free seminar called: “How to Get a Corporate Grant to Fund Your Business, Idea, or Program This Year!” Interested parties can experience the seminar online, or invite Craig to speak in person, by sending an email to: FreeGrantKit (at) gmail (dot) com . To get more information, about voting for the U.S. College Fund, simply visit the official Pepsi/U.S. College Fund voting site every day during the month of May.

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