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Simon Youth Foundation Launches Application Period for National Scholarship Program

Thursday, September 3, 2020
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Simon Youth Foundation (SYF), a national nonprofit committed to helping students graduate high school, is pleased to announce that the application period for its nationally competitive scholarship program is now open.   

Each year, Simon Youth Community Scholarships are awarded to graduating seniors who live in a Simon mall community. Scholarship recipients are eligible for a one-time scholarship valued at up to $1,500, which may be applied to tuition at an accredited college, university, vocational or technical school. Students who will be graduating high school in 2021 and live in a community surrounding a Simon mall, Mills or Premium Outlet are eligible. To locate the Simon Property nearest you, please visit /www.simon.com/mall

In addition, top-ranking candidates in select cities will receive an Award of Excellence, which is a renewable scholarship valued at up to $10,000 and awarded to one student in eligible Simon regions. SYF also awards scholarships to students graduating from its 42 nationwide Simon Youth Academies, dropout recovery academies operated in partnership with local public school districts. 

“At Simon Youth Foundation, we are committed to helping students graduate high school and pursue their dreams through education,” said Dr. J. Michael Durnil, President and CEO, Simon Youth Foundation. “Many families across the country are facing financial hardships due to the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our goal is to fund SYF’s scholarship program at the highest level to support as many students in as many communities as possible in their post-secondary educational journeys.” 

Each year, SYF’s scholarships support college-bound students across the country. In 2020, SYF awarded scholarships valued at $1 million to 283 students from 36 states and Puerto Rico. Since its inception in 1998, SYF has awarded $19 million in post-secondary scholarships to nearly 5,600 students. 

SYF’s 2021 scholarship recipients will be selected by International Scholarship and Tuition Services (ISTS), a third-party partner. Applicants will be evaluated based on academic promise, financial need, written response, work experience as well as community and extracurricular involvement. 

The Simon Youth Scholarship application period will remain open from September 1, 2020 through February 17, 2021. For more information, to confirm eligibility and apply for a Simon Youth Community Scholarship, please visit syf.org/scholarships/. 

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