Last year, Simon Property Group (SPG) lost a remarkable employee and an avid supporter of Simon Youth Foundation (SYF). Greg Saunders started his career as a Simon employee on the Mall level as an Assistant Marketing Director in Virginia and continued on his path until he reached the Regional Vice President position. He was a dedicated, hard-working employee who showed great passion for, and a genuine interest in, everyone he met. Once introduced to SYF, he became a contributor and supporter. Greg was a friend to everyone and a mentor to many.
In honor of Greg’s memory, SYF proudly and enthusiastically renamed its employee assistance scholarship fund to the Greg Saunders Legacy Scholarship Program. This year, SYF awarded $60,000 in scholarships to 20 students – students of SPG employees from across the country.
Yesterday, SYF hosted a luncheon to announce the Greg Saunders Legacy Scholarship and to honor recipients. The event was a fitting way to honor a true humanitarian, who we will always look up to.
The renaming of the employee assistance scholarship program allows SYF to celebrate Greg’s contribution as a dedicated volunteer, generous donor, and loyal supporter of the SYF mission and endeavors to carry his legacy forward with future leaders by helping them achieve their dreams of a post-secondary education.
Greg touched so many people's lives in a way they probably never imagined. His everyday approach to life, his generosity, his personality, his way with people were special qualities we truly cherished. He was a positive person who will forever be remembered in the hearts of those fortunate enough to know him.
A recipient of Federal Pell Grant money to help off-set his own tuition costs, Greg valued the financial support he received in college. Throughout high school, college and well into his career, he understood the importance of thanking those along the way who helped and encouraged him to stay on the “right path.”
Through this scholarship program, SYF will continue to honor his life, honor his legacy and honor his commitment to Simon Youth Foundation. SYF chose to award children of SPG employees with Greg Saunders Scholarships because SPG employees are truly the ones who put “Simon” in Simon Youth Foundation – just as Greg did! And Greg, with his commitment and passion to SYF would want to help ignite hope and help his former colleagues and their families to achieve their dreams.
Click here to learn more about the Greg Saunders Legacy Scholarship Program.