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Altria Group, Inc. Scholarship Program
Application status: Closed

The Altria Group, Inc. Scholarship Program awards financial assistance to help pay a portion of the cost of college, graduate, professional studies and vocational/technical career training for eligible children of employees of the Altria family of companies. Eligible children compete for these scholarships. Awards are granted without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, age, gender, disability or national origin.

This scholarship program is administered by Scholarship America, the nation’s largest designer and manager of scholarship and other education programs for corporations, foundations, associations and individuals. Eligibility for individual programs is determined at the sole discretion of the sponsor, and eligible applications are reviewed by Scholarship America’s evaluation team.

Scholarships are offered to children of employees, in two categories:

  • College Scholarships – for high school seniors, undergraduates or graduates and professionals planning to enroll for full-time study at an accredited two- or four-year college or university in the United States, Canada or Puerto Rico during the following academic year.
  • Vocational/Technical Scholarships – for high school seniors or high school graduates and non-high school graduates who have a General Equivalency Diploma (GED), who plan to enroll for full-time study at an accredited vocational or technical school during the following academic year. Vocational/Technical Scholarships are limited to programs that can be completed on a full-time basis in two years or less. The school or college must be located in the United States, Canada or Puerto Rico and be accredited by a member organization of the Council on Postsecondary Accreditation.

Correspondence courses and on-line courses for non-accredited schools are not approved programs of study and are not eligible for scholarship awards.

Teacher accreditation courses must be included in the regular course of study and therefore, are not eligible for a scholarship award on a separate basis.

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

    • Be a child of a full-time employee or part-time employee (scheduled to work at least 20 hours per week) of an Altria company. The child must be claimed as a dependent on the employee’s federal income tax return, supported by the employee, or claimed by the employee for medical insurance and other benefits. The child must be under the age of 26 when the scholarship is awarded on July 15.


  • Be a child of a full-time employee or part-time employee (scheduled to work at least 20 hours per week) of an Altria company who is presently working for a United States-based subsidiary and is employed on an expatriate assignment. The child must be attending or planning to attend an educational institution in the United States, Canada or Puerto Rico.

“Child” under this Program means any dependent natural or legally adopted child, stepchild, child of domestic partner, or legal ward supported entirely by the guardian. An applicant’s parent or guardian must be employed by an Altria company at the time the scholarship award is initially granted.

Note: An employee receiving benefits under the Altria Severance Pay Plan is no longer an active employee and, therefore, his/her child is not eligible to apply for a scholarship award or receive an initial scholarship award even if the employee was active during the application process. However, once an award is granted to the child of an active employee, it remains intact for the duration of the student’s school attendance, including annual scholarship renewal, as long as the student satisfies continuing eligibility criteria.

Additional notes:

  • A student who has received an award for undergraduate study must reapply when applying for a Graduate or Professional School Scholarship.
  • An applicant for Vocational/Technical Scholarship may not be enrolled in a four-year baccalaureate degree program.
  • A student who is awarded a Vocational/Technical Scholarship cannot, at a later date, extend or transfer the award to a program requiring three or more years to complete. However, reapplication can be made for a College Scholarship.

Awards will be granted as follows. The award checks will be issued in U.S. currency. (Note: there is no minimum number per group):

  • Award amounts of $3,500 or $5,000 will be based on financial need regardless of school type.
  • A scholarship award will not exceed $5,000.
  • A scholarship award of $2,000 per year will be granted to a student who elects not to provide financial information, or for whom an analysis of the financial information shows “no-need.”

Scholarship awards are renewable as follows:

  • For College Scholarships, the student must continue as a full-time undergraduate or graduate degree candidate in good academic standing, according to the standards set by the institution attended. College awards are renewable for up to three additional years or until the requirements for a baccalaureate degree or graduate degree are completed, whichever is earlier.
  • Vocational/Technical awards are renewable for one additional year of full-time study (if the course of study requires more than one year).

The following are some additional rules regarding the renewal of scholarship awards:

  • A student is not required to provide financial need information for scholarship renewal. However, students may contact Scholarship America should family financial conditions change and Scholarship America will review on a case-by-case basis.
  • Any recipient of an award must enroll in the fall of the year the award is received or reapply for a scholarship for the next academic year.
  • If a scholarship student takes a leave of absence (approved by Scholarship America) from academic studies, the number of years that a scholarship may be renewed will not be reduced.
  • The first year of eligibility for a scholarship begins the first semester that a student enters college or graduate or professional studies, regardless of the year the student received the award.

Academic or disciplinary action resulting in a suspension or dismissal from school automatically terminates the scholarship.

Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of:

  • Consideration of academic performance
  • Demonstrated leadership and participation in school and community activities
  • Honors
  • Work experience
  • Statement of educational and career goals and objectives
  • Unusual personal or family circumstances

Once scholarship recipients are selected, financial data is reviewed to determine the amount of each award.

Recipients who do not demonstrate need or whose parents choose not to supply the requested financial information will be eligible to receive a minimum award only.


Applicants will be notified in late March, scholarship payments are sent out in mid-July.

Not all applicants to the program will be selected as recipients. Non-recipients will be notified as well.

Payment of Scholarships

Scholarship America processes scholarship payments on behalf of Altria Client Services LLC. Payment is made in one installment in mid-July.

Altria Client Services LLC reserves the right to review the conditions and procedures of this scholarship program and to make changes at any time including termination of the program.

As part of your application, you must upload the following:

  • A current, complete transcript of grades. Grade reports are not accepted. Transcripts must display student name, school name, grades and credit hours for each course and term in which each course was taken.

    NOTE: If you are providing SAT or ACT test scores, and those scores are not listed on your high school transcript, you will need to upload a copy of your test score report(s) separately. If you are uploading a college transcript, those scores are not required.
  • Copy of the first two pages of the most recently filed IRS Form 1040 used for the Financial Information page. (Please black out any sensitive data including Social Security Numbers prior to uploading.)

One online recommendation form must be submitted on your behalf no later than February 3, 2023 3:00 pm Central Time.

Your application is not complete unless all required documents are submitted electronically.

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