Simon Youth Foundation awards $5,600 to high school students

By Desiree Llerena….
The Simon Youth Foundation Scholarship program, sponsored by Simon Youth Foundation, a national nonprofit that champions education opportunities for students of all backgrounds, awarded $5,600 to Miami-Dade County high school students, so that they may pursue a post-secondary degree.

Simon Youth Foundation assists youth in Simon Mall communities nationwide by providing scholarships to help them realize their hopes of going to college.

Scholarship recipients Lourianne Apollon, Daniela Serna, Sonja Castel and Kristina Oliva were presented with a certificate during an intimate luncheon at the Knife Restaurant in Miami International Mall. Representatives from Dadeland Mall, Miami International Mall, The Falls and The Shops at Sunset Place were in attendance to congratulate and recognize the students chosen from their Simon Mall community.

The following recipients received $1,400 each toward their university of choice:

Lourianne Apollon of Miami for University of Florida, Dadeland Mall recipient;

Daniela Serna of Miami for Brown University, Miami International Mall recipient;

Sonja Castel of Miami for University of  Miami, The Falls recipient, and

Kristina Oliva of Coral Gables for Pratt Institute, The Shops at Sunset Place recipient.

“The administration and staff at the Simon Miami Malls are proud to participate in the scholarships program with Simon Youth Foundation,” said Dailen Rodriguez, director of mall marketing and business development for The Falls. “The awards [remove] some of the financial obstacles that may have prevented their continued learning.”

To date, the Simon Youth Foundation Scholarships program has granted $1.15 million in nationwide scholarship awards in 2011 to recipients who plan to attend post-secondary institutions.

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