$1 million in Simon Youth Scholarships includes awards for local students

Clubs and Organizations

July 12, 2016


Two local students will continue their education this fall with the help of Clinton Crossing Premium Outlets and Simon Youth Foundation (SYF).

Ashley Cheng of Suffield, has received a Simon Youth Foundation Community Scholarship valued at $1,500. The scholarship is awarded in partnership between Clinton Crossing Premium Outlets and Simon Youth Foundation (SYF), a national non-profit organization dedicated to providing educational and career development opportunities for youth.

Cheng is a recent graduate of Suffield High School and exemplified herself through academic excellence, leadership skills, and participation in both school and community activities. She plans to study at the University of Rochester in the fall.

Ian Barron of Clinton, has received a Simon Youth Greg Saunders Legacy Scholarship valued at $2,500. He is currently attending the University of Connecticut where he is double-majoring in Philosophy and Molecular and Cellular Biology. In addition to his studies, Barron is also fluent in German and Swedish.

"We are very proud of the Simon Youth Scholarships program, because it has given us the opportunity to support the academic endeavors of promising youth right here in our community," says Christopher Durant, general manager for Clinton Crossing Premium Outlets.

Simon Youth Scholarships are awarded annually to at least one student in every U.S. community that is home to a Simon® property. This year, approximately $1.3 million will be awarded.

"Simon Youth Community Scholarships reward academic excellence across the country and help students to continue their education," said J. Michael Durnil, President and CEO of SYF.  "Financial concerns should never be the reason preventing a child from pursuing their dreams."