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Education for Tomorrow’s Leaders

Education is a key focus of the Reynolds American Foundation's charitable giving, and as part of this mission the Foundation funds a range of student scholarships each year.

Since 1960, more than 2,100 scholarships have been awarded to students by the Reynolds American Foundation Scholarship Program and its predecessor companies and foundations. These scholarships are awarded annually through the National Merit Scholarship Program and National Achievement Scholarship Program.

A recent scholarship recipient in a thank-you letter to the Foundation said: "It is truly an honor to be selected for this award, and I appreciate the financial support as I continue with my education goals. I will do my best to make the most of this opportunity you have given me."

The competition for these scholarships is conducted by National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), an independent, nonprofit organization.

All Foundation scholarship winners are chosen from a group of candidates who scored high on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test and several academic and other requirements set by NMSC. Scholarship winners are chosen on a competitive basis and without regard to family financial circumstances, gender, race, ethnic origin or religious preference.

"These scholarships are just another way we give back to our community. By investing in these students, we are helping to secure our community's future through tomorrow's leaders." 
Tripp Wilson, vice president for corporate sustainability and commercial equity

The Foundation also provides annual scholarships to children of employees at Reynolds American Inc. and subsidiary companies on the same competitive basis.

Each Reynolds American Foundation scholarship stipend is $2,500 a year for up to four years of college undergraduate study or until baccalaureate degree requirements are completed, whichever occurs first. All phases of the competition, including the selection of winners and payment of scholarship stipends, are handled for Reynolds American Foundation by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.