This year, living near an Atlanta-area Simon center could help a graduating senior pay for college. Simon Youth Foundation, a national nonprofit that provides educational opportunities for at-risk high school students, has begun looking for a graduating senior who lives within fifty miles of Calhoun Premium Outlets, Lenox Square, Mall of Georgia, North Georgia Premium Outlets, Phipps Plaza, Sugarloaf Mills and Town Center at Cobb.
Each year, Simon Youth Community Scholarships are awarded in every community across the country that is home to Simon Malls, Mills, or Premium Outlet centers. The application period has begun and ends on March 1, 2016.
Students can apply online by visiting syf.org/scholarships.
Any student who will be graduating in the class of 2016 and lives within 50 miles of Mall of Georgia, Lenox Square, Phipps Plaza, Sugarloaf Mills or Town Center at Cobb is eligible. SYF will also award 25 scholarships to students graduating in the class of 2016 who live within 50 miles of Calhoun Premium Outlets, North Georgia Premium Outlets or any Premium Outlet location nationwide (no more than one scholarship will be awarded per property). Recipients will receive up to $1,500 to enroll in an accredited college, university, vocational or technical school.
In addition, regional and local awards called “Awards of Excellence” will be given to top candidates. The regions eligible are Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Indianapolis, Miami, New York, Orange County, Calif., Orlando, and Seattle/Tacoma. A top candidate from each Premium Outlet location will also be selected. Students who receive an “Award of Excellence” will have the opportunity to receive a $10,000 award ($2,500 for up to four years).
In 2015, the Simon Youth Foundation awarded $1.2 million to 300 students nationwide.
“The cost of college continues to rise, and SYF is proud to partner with the Atlanta-area Simon centers to award scholarships that will remove some of the financial obstacles that could otherwise prevent a student from achieving the dream of a college education,” said Michael Durnil, SYF President and CEO.
The 2016 SYF Community Scholarship recipients will be selected by International Scholarship and Tuition Services, Inc. (ISTS), a third-party administrator. Students are selected based on a variety of criteria, including financial need, academic performance, leadership skills and participation in school and community activities. Those students who are the first in their family to pursue a post secondary education will also be given close consideration.
Recipients will be notified in May.
SYF is a national non-profit that partners with public school districts to open dropout recovery academies inside Simon shopping malls. The organization now has 27 Simon Youth Academies in 12 states. In the organization’s 17-year history, more than 13,000 students have earned their diploma and more than $13 million in scholarships have been awarded.
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