Simon scholarships are available

12/13/2013, 6 a.m.

High school seniors in the class of 2014 have until Jan. 11 to apply for Simon Youth Scholarships.

For the 14th straight year, Simon Youth Foundation will award a college scholarship to one student from every community that is home to a Simon-operated mall.

The community scholarships are awarded in partnership with malls like Northlake Mall in Tucker, Lenox Square and Phipps Plaza in Buckhead, the Mall of Georgia, Town Center at Cobb, and Sugarloaf Mills.

Graduating seniors who live within 50 miles of a Simon mall are eligible to apply for a one-time $1,500 scholarship to an accredited college, university, or vocational or technical school.

Applications are available at www.syf.org/our-initiatives/scholarships/community-application or at the Simon Guest Services Center at the malls.

Top candidates will be eligible for 10 regional “Awards of Excellence,” a $2,500 scholarship that is renewable for up to three years.

In 2013, the program awarded $1.1 million to 389 students nationwide.

J. Michael Durnil, foundation president and CEO, said they want to ignite hope for a brighter future in students.

“Our foundation is proud to partner with Atlanta area Simon malls 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,” he said.

Students will be judged on financial need, academic performance, leadership skills, and participation in school and community activities. Students who are the first in their family to pursue a post-secondary education also will be given close consideration.