Simon Youth Scholarships support hundreds of college-bound students each year, because Simon Youth Foundation’s work with students doesn’t stop when they graduate high school.

Scholarships are annually awarded to Simon Youth Academy graduates and students in every community that is home to a Simon property.

The awards are primarily targeted at first-generation college students, and recipients also are selected based on financial need, academic performance, leadership skills, school participation and community, or civic, activities.

Click here to learn about and apply for a Simon Youth Scholarship.

Simon Youth Scholarship Kick Starts College Career for IU Freshman

Julian Batts has a keen interest in international studies with his sights set on a career helping businesses boost productivity.  It’s a worthy professional goal and one that this Indiana University freshman is on track to attain. As a Carmel, Ind. high school student, Julian received a 2013 Simon Youth Community Scholarship through the Fashion Mall at Keystone, and he credits much of his early success in college to opportunities made possible... Read More

Simon Youth Foundation Extends Community Scholarship Deadline to January 21, 2014

Due to harsh winter conditions felt throughout much of the country this week, Simon Youth Foundation will extend the Simon Youth Community Scholarship Deadline to January 21, 2014.  The extension should afford applicants extra time to pick up scholarship applications from Simon Guest Services Centers and to secure transcripts or other necessary documentation. The new deadline also will allow mail delivery to return to normal schedules.For the 14th... Read More

Igniting Hope: A Scholarship Recipient’s Story

“Thank you for helping me get one step closer to achieving my dream.” These words are what Simon Youth Foundation seeks to hear on a regular basis. Ashleigh Ellis of Torrance, California received a Simon Youth Foundation Scholarship from Del Amo Fashion Center and chose to attend Chapman University in Orange, California. Ashleigh is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training and also wants to pursue a master’s degree... Read More


16 Years of Program Success   Contributed by Michelle Bellej, Regional Vice President, Marketing Simon Brand Ventures ® Simon Property Group ® Years ago, I sat at my dining room table with colleagues Tim Earnest and Ron Hanson, brainstorming ideas to help at-risk youth in our community and others like ours around the country. We weren’t educators or counselors.  None of us held doctoral degrees, nor had we ever stood in front of a classroom... Read More

Paying It Forward

There are many gifts given over the years, but how many times are those gifts taken for granted? Whether they are material goods or personal talents, everyone can make a real difference with even the smallest effort. Celebrating 15 years of igniting hope providing educational opportunities, Simon Youth Foundation has worked to help at-risk youth earn a diploma graduating more than 10,000 students at Simon Youth Academies. Similarly, SYF has awarded... Read More

Della Lefevers celebrates 10th anniversary with SYF

Dedicated, thoughtful, caring, energetic and humble – these are just a few of the words co-workers, colleagues and friends use to describe Della Lefevers. Simon Youth Foundation is proud to recognize Della as she enters her 10th year on staff. Her impact on the success of SYF is immeasurable, but one thing is for sure – the education programs team would not be complete without her daily efforts to make a difference. “Della comes in each... Read More

Miss America helps Simon Youth Foundation announce new scholarship

In partnership with the Arundel Mills in Hanover, Md., and using funds raised by the Simon property’s valet parking service, Simon Youth Foundation announced a new Simon Youth Scholarship competition for students in the Anne Arundel County Public Schools district on Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011. SYF President and CEO J. Michael Durnil, Ph.D., was joined by Miss America Teresa Scanlan for the announcement, which was made during The Fashion Event,... Read More

Response to scholarships shows Simon Youth Foundation mission matters

There are days when you just know that you are doing the right thing; days that reaffirm your hard work is producing the desired impact. We’ve had those kinds of days recently at Simon Youth Foundation after announcing that Simon Youth Scholarships valued at more than $1.15 million have been awarded to 260 nationwide college-bound students this year, including many who graduated our Simon Youth Academies.  Our scholarship recipients were... Read More

Simon Youth Foundation awards more than $1 million to college-bound students

The Simon Youth Scholarships program, an initiative of Simon Youth Foundation, has announced $1.15 million in awards to benefit more than 260 nationwide recent high school graduates, many of whom will be first-generation college students when they attend the 2- or 4-year institution of their choice this fall. A list of the 2011 Simon Youth Scholarship winners is available online for viewing or download. “The mission of Simon Youth Foundation is... Read More