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Cigna Scholars Program
Application status: Closed

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The Cigna Scholars program was established to assist dependents and grandchildren of employees who plan to continue their education in college or vocational school programs.

This program is administered by Scholarship America®, the nation’s largest designer and manager of scholarship, tuition assistance and other education support programs for corporations, foundations, associations, and individuals. Awards are granted without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, gender, disability, or national origin.

Applicants to the Cigna Scholars Program must:

  • Be a dependent* or grandchild (age 26 or younger) of an employee of Cigna Corporation and its subsidiaries in the U.S. or Canada with a minimum of one year of employment with the company as of June 29 (the application deadline date).
    *Children include natural children, legally adopted children, legally adopted children from the date the employee assumes legal responsibility, children for whom the employee assumes legal guardianship, stepchildren and grandchildren. Also included are the employee’s children (or children of spouse or partner) or grandchildren for whom the employee has assumed legal responsibility.
  • Be high school seniors or graduates or current postsecondary undergraduates. Students outside the United States must be in their final year of upper or higher secondary school or be current technical or university level students.
  • Plan to enroll in full-time undergraduate study at an accredited two- or four-year college, university or vocational-technical school for the entire upcoming academic year.


If selected as a recipient, the student will receive a $3,000 award.Per IRS guidelines, up to 25% of applicants will receive a scholarship. The number of scholarships awarded is determined by the amount of applicants.

Applicants may reapply to the program each year; however, awards are not renewed automatically.

Awards are only for undergraduate or vocational-technical school study.

The awards will be issued in U.S. currency. Awards will be made payable to the school

Selection of Recipients

Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of academic record, demonstrated leadership and participation in school and community activities, honors, work experience, statement of goals and aspirations and unusual personal or family circumstances.

Financial need will be considered. Recipients must demonstrate need.

Academic evaluation of international applicants will include a review of the grade/mark average based on the grading system used in the applicant’s country and a review of the results of academic examinations.

Selection of recipients is made by Scholarship America. In no instance does any officer or employee of Cigna or Express Scripts Foundation play a part in the selection. All applicants agree to accept the decision as final.


Applicants will be notified in August. Not all applicants to the program will be selected as recipients.

Payment of Scholarships

Scholarship America processes scholarship payments on behalf of Express Scripts Foundation. Payments are made in one installment in August to the educational institution.

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

  • A current, complete transcript of grades. Grade reports are not accepted. Unofficial or online transcripts must display student name, school name, grades and credit hours for each course and term in which each course was taken.
  • Results of academic examinations (international students only).
  • Completed Affidavit (only required for grandchildren).

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

Cigna has partnered with Scholarship America to offer the Cigna Scholars Program (funded through the Express Scripts Foundation for the 2020 program year). Select the button below to be directed to the Scholarship America Student Hub!