Students in Elizabeth and Scotch Plains, NJ to Receive $2,000 Towards College
(Elizabeth, NJ) July 10, 2017 – The Mills at Jersey Gardens, New Jersey’s largest outlet and value retail center with over 200 stores under one roof, is once again proud to help a deserving graduating senior pay for college. This year, The Mills at Jersey Gardens was thrilled to present Isaac A. Velasquez from Scotch Plains, NJ with a $1,500 scholarship. Isaac plans to study Computer Science at Princeton University this fall, and aims to eventually become a professor advocating for the freedom of information. During his time at Princeton, Isaac also hopes to be an industry innovator, bringing new life to Computer Science and integrating technology into developing nations.
“Simon Youth Foundation is a national organization, but we can feel the benefit of its efforts right here at home,” said Crystal Fresco, Director of Marketing and Business Development. “We are incredibly proud to invite our shoppers to join us in supporting this incredible organization.”
Additionally, Janice D. Figueroa of Elizabeth High School was awarded $500 towards her attendance of the University of Virginia this fall. Janice is a first-generation college student who plans to study linguistics. During her time at Elizabeth High School, Janice was not only the class President, but a Principal’s scholar, member of the National Honors Society, and state semi-finalist in the National Speech and Debate Association’s Original Oratory.
“Simon Youth Foundation believes that every student deserves the support necessary to earn their high school diploma, and that financial reasons should never be the reason preventing a student from pursuing their dreams,” said Dr. J. Michael Durnil, President and CEO of SYF. “We are thrilled to have the support of our incredible corporate partner, Simon, and their Simon Supports Education movement.”
In 2016, the Simon Youth Foundation awarded $1.2 million to 300 students nationwide.
The 2017 SYF Community Scholarship recipients were selected by International Scholarship and Tuition Services, Inc. (ISTS), a third-party administrator. Students were selected based on a variety of criteria, including financial need, academic performance, leadership skills and participation in school and community activities. Those students who are the first in their family to pursue a post secondary education were also given close consideration.
SYF is a national non-profit that partners with public school districts to open dropout recovery academies inside Simon shopping malls. The organization now has 30 Simon Youth Academies in 12 states. In the organization’s 18-year history, more than 14,000 students have earned their diploma and more than $16 million in scholarships have been awarded. Visit syf.org or follow us on Facebook, Twitter (@simon_youth), or Instagram (@simonyouthfoundation) for updates.
Simon is a global leader in retail real estate ownership, management and development and a S&P100 company (Simon Property Group, NYSE:SPG). Our industry-leading retail properties and investments across North America, Europe and Asia provide shopping experiences for millions of consumers every day and generate billions in annual sales. For more information, visit simon.com.
About The Mills at Jersey Gardens
The Mills at Jersey Gardens is New Jersey’s largest outlet and value retail center with over 200 stores under one roof. A shopper’s paradise, The Mills at Jersey Gardens is anchored by top outlets including Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH, Neiman Marcus Last Call, Century 21, Marshall’s, and the best brand outlets including Michael Kors, Coach, Calvin Klein, Banana Republic, Nike, True Religion, Nautica, PUMA and Guess. The center also offers the largest Tommy Hilfiger in the US. With daily transportation from both the Port Authority Bus Terminal and Newark Liberty International Airport, the center is a great day-trip out of the hustle and bustle of New York City and features tax-free shopping on clothes and shoes. Enjoy great dining at Johnny Rockets, Chili’s, Applebee’s and its food court – voted one of the best in the state by NJ.com. Located at 651 Kapkowski Rd. in Elizabeth, The Mills at Jersey Gardens is easy to access off of exit 13A on Interstate 95. For more information, call (908) 354-5900 or visit www.simon.com/mall/the-mills-at-jersey-gardens. The Mills at Jersey Gardens may also be found on Facebook at www.facebook.com/JerseyGardens and on Twitter www.twitter.com/MillsatJersey.
About The Mills, A Simon Company
The Mills®, one of Simon Property Group's five real estate platforms, offers a unique brand of shopping with a mix of popular name brand outlets, value retailers and full-price stores, plus family-oriented dining and entertainment concepts. The Mills are well-located in major metropolitan markets and many are recognized as leading tourism destinations. Notable properties include Arundel Mills (Baltimore), Gurnee Mills (Chicago), Grapevine Mills (Dallas), Ontario Mills (Los Angeles), Opry Mills (Nashville), Potomac Mills (Washington, DC) and Sawgrass Mills (Ft. Lauderdale/Miami).
Simon Property Group, Inc. (NYSE: SPG) is a S&P 100 company and a global leader in the retail real estate industry. Simon currently owns or has an interest in more than 325 retail real estate properties in North America, Asia and Europe comprising approximately 243 million square feet. Simon is headquartered in Indianapolis, Ind., and employs approximately 5,500 people in the United States. For more information, visit the Simon Property Group website at www.simon.com.