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Simon Youth Foundation Seeks Applicants for $1 Million in Scholarships

Jackie Schatell

Friday, December 20, 2013 • 6:55am

WEST ORANGE, NJ – West Orange Class of 2014 students planning to enroll in an accredited college, university, vocational or technical school are eligible to apply for a one-time scholarship of up to $1,500 from the Simon Youth Foundation (SYF). Any student who will be graduating in the class of 2014 and lives within 50 miles of a Simon property is eligible.

The application period is open now through Saturday, January 11, 2014. Locally, students can pick up a copy of a scholarship application at the Simon Guest Services Center at Livingston Mall. Applications also can be downloaded at the SYF website at www.syf.org/our-initiatives/scholarships/community-application. The completed application, along with official school transcripts and parents’ most recently filed tax form, must be sent to Scholarship Management Services by January 11, 2014.

This is the fourteenth straight year that the SYF, a national nonprofit that provides educational opportunities for at-risk high school students, will be awarding a college scholarship to one student from every community that is home to a Simon property. SYF Community Scholarships are awarded through the Simon Youth Scholarships program and in partnership with local Simon properties.

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

“Our mission is to ignite hope for a brighter future in students, and our Foundation is proud to partner with Livingston 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, Ph.D., the President and CEO of SYF.

The 2014 SYF Community Scholarship recipients will be selected by Scholarship Management Services, a third-party administrator. Students will be 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.

About SYF

Simon Youth Foundation, established in 1998, supports 23 Simon Youth Academies in 13 U.S. states that give at-risk students the same education they would receive in a traditional classroom while offering the flexibility that their individual circumstances require. Recipient of the Crystal Star Award of Excellence in Dropout Prevention from the National Dropout Prevention Center, the foundation has helped more than 10,000 students earn their high school diploma and provided more than $10 million in college scholarships to 3,900 students in 42 states. The Education Commission of the United States has recognized the foundation with its Corporate Award for sustained and substantial investment in improving public education.

About Livingston Mall

Livingston Mall is located at the intersection of Eisenhower Parkway and South Orange Avenues in Livingston, New Jersey, and managed by Simon Property Group, headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana.  A two-level, super-regional shopping center, Livingston Mall is anchored by Lord & Taylor, Barnes & Noble, Macy’s and Sears and has more than 103 specialty stores as well as a new food court.  Additional Simon Property Group information is available at www.simon.com. Visit www.shoplivingstonmall.com for the latest mall events and retailer updates. Livingston Mall is on Facebook; check out www.facebook.com/LivingstonMall. Follow the mall on Twitter: @ShopLivington.

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