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Area high school seniors can apply for Simon Youth Foundation college scholarship

Posted by Jaclyn Reiss  January 7, 2013 01:22 PM

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The Simon Youth Foundation, a national nonprofit that provides educational opportunities for at-risk high school students, will award a college scholarship to one student from every community that is home to a Simon mall property, including the Watertown area.

Any high school student who will be graduating in the class of 2013 and lives within 50 miles of a Simon property is eligible. The program will award a one-time scholarship of up to $1,400 to students who plan to enroll in an accredited college, university, vocational or technical school.

The application period is open now through Friday, Jan. 11.

Students can pick up a copy of a scholarship application at the Arsenal Mall's management office. Applications also can be downloaded at the Simon Youth Foundation website.

The program has been awarding money for 12 consecutive years. In 2012, the Simon Youth Scholarships program awarded $1.2 million to 378 students nationwide.

“Our mission is to ignite hope for a brighter future in students, and our Foundation is proud to partner with Arsenal Mall to award scholarships that will remove some of the financial obstacles that would otherwise prevent a student from achieving the dream of a college education,” said J. Michael Durnil, the president and CEO of the foundation.

The 2013 scholarship recipients will be selected by Scholarship Management Services, 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.

The completed application, along with official school transcripts and parents’ most recently filed tax form, must be sent to Scholarship Management Services by March 1.

Simon Youth Foundation was established in 1998 and supports 23 Simon Youth Academies in 13 US states that give at-risk students the same education they would receive in a traditional classroom, while also offering the flexibility that their individual circumstances require.

The Education Commission of the United States has recognized the foundation with its Corporate Award for sustained and substantial investment in improving public education.

For more information, visit the foundation's website.

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