NEWTON, Mass., April 1, 2008 – Aspiring filmmakers and inspired everyday individuals used claymation, heartfelt stories and TV show spoofs to tell their Tuition Tales® to Upromise to be considered to win $25,000. As part of its mission to help make college more achievable, Upromise gave its members a chance to tell their tuition tale – why they or someone they know deserves money for college - for the chance to win the money for higher education expenses. Over the past several months Upromise members submitted more than 250 creative videos including humorous pleas, touching stories about overcoming all odds, and everything in between. A panel of judges has narrowed the entries down to 10 finalists, and today Upromise unveils the talented and deserving individuals, including Our College Fund submitted by Christopher Kocmoud of College Station, TX.
In Christopher’s video his nine children put their own unique spin on the opening credits from the American TV classic, The Brady Bunch, singing about putting the Upromise Tuition Tales money towards the family college fund. Now it’s time to vote and help decide who wins! To view the videos and vote, visit www.upromise.com/tuitiontales. Everyone who votes will have a chance to play the Tuition Tales instant win game for the opportunity to win a $50 Bed Bath & Beyond® Gift Card.
“We were amazed by the creativity of Upromise members’ inspirational tales of their challenges of paying for college,” says David Rochon, president, Upromise. “We hope this $25,000 will help make college dreams a reality for a deserving member.”
“With a softening economy and simultaneously rising college costs, programs like Upromise provide support for families by educating them on their savings options while assisting them in achieving their goals,” says Kevin McKinley, Tuition Tales judge and author of Make Your Kid a Millionaire: 11 Easy Ways Anyone Can Secure a Child’s Financial Future. “This $25,000 award can dramatically reduce, if not eliminate one lucky person’s college-related financial burden.”
Tuition Tales video entries were judged on their creativity, ability to move voters and how clearly and effectively they communicated the need for money for college. All 10 finalists receive a $500 Bed Bath & Beyond® Gift Card and one grand prize winner will be awarded $25,000 for college expenses. Visitors can vote and play the instant win game once per day throughout the duration of the voting period, which ends at midnight on April 16, 2008. Complete guidelines and rules for Upromise Tuition Tales can be found at Upromise.com.
Launched in April 2001, today Upromise is the largest private source of college funding contributions in America, with more than 8 million members and $400 million in member rewards. Membership is free and can help families save money for college while making everyday purchases of products and services at more than 21,000 grocery and drug stores, 14,000 gas stations, 8,000 restaurants, as well as thousands of retail stores, and more than 575 online shopping sites. Upromise partners include Citi®, ExxonMobil Corporation, Bed Bath & Beyond®, McDonald’s®, JCPenney.com, LandsEnd.com, Sears.com, and hundreds of others. Upromise also makes it easy for families to start their own college savings strategy through tax-advantaged 529 college savings plans offered through Upromise Investments, Inc. or by using Upromise contributions to help pay down eligible student loans. Upromise is a wholly owned subsidiary of SLM Corporation (NYSE: SLM), commonly known as Sallie Mae, the nation’s leading provider of saving-and-paying-for-college programs. Upromise is headquartered in Newton, Mass., and has more than 350 employees. For additional information visit www.Upromise.com.