As part of the Simon Youth Foundation’s goal of increasing educational opportunities, the Tucson Premium Outlets has presented Tia Hunt from Mountain View High School with a $500 scholarship. 

“Simon Youth Foundation is a national organization, but we can feel the benefit of its efforts right here at home,” said Elyse Munger, area director of marketing. “We are incredibly proud to invite our shoppers to join us in supporting this incredible organization.”

Hunt plans to attend University of California in Los Angeles this fall.

Tucson Premium Outlets is now offering community members the opportunity to support local students, scholarships and academies through several planned activities and activations, such as Simon Visa Gift Card purchases. From every gift card purchase, $1 will go to scholarship and graduation programs in the community. These eye-catching cards are the perfect gift for every graduate on your list this spring.

Graduation Wall: Shoppers may purchase a sticker to place on the Graduation Wall to honor and celebrate a recent local graduate.

 SYF Photo Booth: Stop by the SYF selfie station and play with props such as caps, gowns and filters. Share the photos to your social networks with the hashtag #SYF2017 to show your support for education in your community.

 DipJar Donations: Shoppers will have the opportunity to donate to the cause via DipJar, a secure, one-step credit-card donation box. 

 “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.”

Simon, a global leader in retail real estate ownership, created the Simon Youth Foundation in an effort to increase educational opportunities for at-risk students through Simon Supports Education. The movement incorporates several activations designed to engage shoppers in SYF’s mission. 

 The Foundation operates 30 non-traditional high school academies across the country, housed primarily in Simon properties, and also provides a scholarship to one student in every community where there is a Simon property. Since its inception in 1998, Simon Youth Foundation has helped more than 14,000 at-risk students receive a high school diploma, and has awarded more than $16 million in scholarships.

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