CRITERIA TO BECOME A SIMON SCHOLAR: Eligible students at "Certified Simon Scholar High Schools" may apply for the scholarship during the second semester of their sophomore year in high school. All applicants must complete a comprehensive Simon Scholar Application. Finalists are required to be interviewed by the selection committee in their region. The Simon Family Foundation seeks to identify and select scholarship candidates with a GPA of 2.5 or above who are:
- From disadvantaged economic and difficult life circumstances, yet have demonstrated potential to become successful in life through hard work and determination
- Committed to overcoming adversity
- Involved, or willing to become involved in community service and mentoring
- Honest, sincere, and ethical with high standards of integrity
- Committed to earning a four-year college degree
- Committed to making a difference in their communities and in the lives of others
- Open to participating in an intensive program with other Simon Scholars and attending all Foundation-sponsored programs and events
- U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents with supporting documentation
SIMON SCHOLAR REQUIREMENTS AND EXPECTATIONS:
HIGH SCHOOL REQUIREMENTS: Students selected to become Simon Scholars must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 at the completion of their sophomore year and then must meet the following semester GPA criteria for the remainder of high school:
- 2.7 GPA for first semester of the Junior Year
- 3.0 GPA for second semester of the Junior Year
- 3.0 GPA for each semester of the Senior Year
COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP REQUIREMENTS: Once in college, Simon Scholars must remain in "good academic standing" at their respective institutions and maintain a GPA of 2.0 or greater. Simon Scholars must maintain full-time student status in order to receive scholarship funds.
CONDUCT: Simon Scholars must act as positive role models at all times for peers and younger students and will be held to the highest standards of integrity. Failure to represent the Foundation as an outstanding role model could result in disciplinary action and/or termination of the Simon Family Foundation scholarship.
COMMUNICATION: Each Simon Scholar must log-in weekly to the Simon Family Foundation website and/or Student Portal. Additional communication via email and/or phone calls with the regional Program Coordinator/Director and College Advisor is required on a regular basis to discuss ongoing issues, concerns, and academic achievement. Face-to-face meetings for high school Scholars will also be scheduled with students at their respective high school campuses.
PARTICIPATION: Each Simon Scholar must participate in all Foundation-sponsored meetings, activities, and events unless excused by a Foundation representative in advance.
COMMUNITY SERVICE: Simon Scholars must complete a minimum of ten (10) community service hours per year. At times, the Foundation may sponsor group community service events that will appy towards the required hours.