Philip Morris International Continues Scholarship Program in 2010 -- Application Deadline is Feb. 1, 2010

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Philip Morris International (PMI) provides a wide range of scholarships to college-bound children of tobacco-growing families that are part of PMI's International Tobacco Procurement program. Completed scholarship applications for the 2010-2011 academic year are due Feb. 1, 2010. Applications are available at local PMI receiving stations.

With the ITP Scholarship program, PMI helps support students throughout the full length of their schooling

Every year, Philip Morris International (PMI), through its International Tobacco Procurement (ITP) Scholarship program, provides financial assistance to hundreds of U.S. students from tobacco-growing families. In 2009, 30 new students were awarded scholarships. Since the program's inception in 2001 - it was launched as a joint effort with Altria, and is now funded solely by PMI - more than 350 students have been awarded nearly $1.5 million in educational scholarships.

"With the ITP Scholarship program, PMI helps support students throughout the full length of their schooling," says Lee Ryan, PMI Director of Agricultural Programs. "At any one time, we're assisting between 130 and 150 students from our tobacco-growing families."

Scholarships are available to the dependent children of tobacco growers who are part of PMI's ITP program. The program offers three types of scholarships:

  • College scholarships - For high school seniors planning to pursue a bachelor's degree.
  • In-college scholarships - For college students pursuing a bachelor's or master's degree.
  • Vocational/Technical scholarships - For high school seniors or graduates planning to pursue a two-year vocational or technical degree.

Scholarship amounts are based on a combination of merit and financial need. The maximum College Scholarship is $4,000 annually for four years; the maximum In-College award is $4,000 for three years; and the maximum Vocational/Technical Scholarship is $2,000 annually for two years.

Winners are chosen by an independent Scholarship Review Committee of college admissions officers, financial aid administrators and vocational educators. The Committee selects winners based on several factors, including each applicant's high school academic record; class rank and ACT or SAT scores; extracurricular activities; demonstrated leadership; community service; character; and work habits.

"Growing tobacco is still very demanding," Ryan says. "We're honored to provide educational support for the families who provide us with the high quality tobacco used in PMI brands sold around the world."

Scholarship applications for 2010 are due Feb. 1, 2010. For more information about the ITP Scholarship program, contact your local PMI receiving station.

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