The distinguishing feature of the Simon Scholars Program is the continued focus on activities that enhance resiliency, leadership, and self-actualization through “whole person” development.
The Simon Scholars Program is built on our strong belief that financial and academic assistance must be supplemented with training in important life and leadership skills in order to equip our young Scholars for long-term success.
By engaging in “whole person” development, our Scholars (98% first-generation college students) are prepared to graduate from college, achieve personal and professional success, and contribute meaningfully to their communities.
This philosophy guides our Program from the selection process onward, to the college years and beyond.
Scholars are selected at the end of their sophomore year in high school. They must demonstrate not only the ability to perform well academically, but also strong character and the willingness to experience personal and leadership growth.
Provided with an exceptional investment of time, funds, and mentoring from the Simon Family Foundation, our Scholars are held to a high standard and are expected to rise to the occasion of being named a Simon Scholar.
The Foundation requires its Scholars to exhibit solid academic performance, high moral standards and conduct, and meaningful community service, while serving as role models for their peers and other youth.
Simon Scholars for Life
Upon entering the Simon Scholars Program, students become part of a supportive extended family. Following our “Simon Scholars for Life” philosophy, our Alumni remain involved in the program long after they graduate college, serving as volunteers, chaperones, and mentors.
We believe that our “whole person” development philosophy greatly enhances the abilities of our Scholars to succeed in college and beyond.
Education opens doors to opportunity.
A college education is the foundation for success
Adversity does not define us, but rather gives us a launch pad for success.
Facing and understanding personal struggles enables us to break through barriers
A sense of family increases our impact.
Strong community gives us the strength to achieve our fullest potential
Going beyond self-imposed limits can create unexpected possibilities.
The vehicle for fulfillment is taking healthy risks
Self-awareness gives us the power to transform.
Knowing oneself is essential to finding our true path
Tolerance creates a kinder world.
Open-mindedness and inclusivity promote supportive communities
To whom much is given, much is expected.
Paying it forward is essential to continuing our legacy