As students begin to head back to school, we are reminded of the hard work, perseverance and dedication it takes for SYF students to succeed. Their path is often more difficult, filled with obstacles and challenges that might discourage many. However, as we celebrated our 10,000th graduate this year, we know dreams can be achieved.
With the help of Simon Youth Foundation Community Scholarships, Marija and David are two students pursuing their dreams of higher education. Simon Youth Scholarships support hundreds of college-bound students each year, because SYF’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. Here are two students who proudly shared their story with us.
Marija: She has dreams of becoming a medical doctor and making a difference in her community in Texas through medicine. Marija received a 2013 Community Scholarship from La Plaza Mall, from La Plaza Mall, McAllen, TX – a scholarship that will help her support her dreams.
“When I received your scholarship letter, I knew people out there care and believe in students like me. Your award will not only make college more affordable for me this fall, but you are also the reason why I am confident that I can accomplish anything I set my mind to. Thank you for believing in me and giving me an opportunity for higher education. Like my father always says, every little bit helps.”
Marija will attend Texas State University: San Marcos in the fall, where she plans on studying microbiology.
David: Growing up with a learning disability, David did not have an easy path to follow, sometimes no path at all. But with determination, hard work, and a support system he graduated. He received a 2013 Community Scholarship from Brea Mall, in Brea, CA. David will be attending University of California: Irvine, where he plans to study sociology.
David shared with us his advice for others:
- Never give up.
- Seek out resources.
Simon Youth Foundation Community Scholarships not only provide monetary support to students, but give motivation and self-confidence as well. Many times, these small stepping-stones become a catalyst in helping young people achieve their goals and dreams.
At SYF, we congratulate all of our 2012-2013 graduates and scholarship recipients and wish them well. And, at the same time, we wish the very best for our new students as they head back to school. We’re on your side – cheering for you every step of the way!
This year, SYF celebrates 15 years, our 10,000th graduate and the awarding of $10 million in scholarships.