EAST BRUNSWICK – The application period for Simon Youth Foundation’s (SYF) Community Scholarship Program, for which area high school seniors are eligible, opened October 15. Students can find the application by logging on to SYF’s website at www.syf.org, or pick up a paper copy by visiting the Simon Guest Services Center at Brunswick Square Mall.
Scholarships are awarded to one student at every Simon property across the country, and any student graduating in the class of 2011 who lives in or near a community with a Simon property is eligible. The program will award a scholarship of up to $1,400 to students who plan to enroll in an accredited college, university, vocational or technical school.
In 2010, a total of $342,800 was distributed to 196 recipients nationwide. Since 2000, $3,318,700 in community scholarship awards has been made to 2,018 students.
Recipients of the scholarships are chosen by Scholarship Management Services, the third-party administrator of SYF’s scholarship program. 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 America by Dec. 31.
“Helping youth across the country achieve their goals is a special endeavor,” said Dr. Richard Markoff, Executive Vice President, SYF. “Our Community Scholarship Program ensures that money is not the barrier keeping capable students from attending higher education.”
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