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

June 23, 2016
Media Contact: Sarah Turcotte

Duluth, Minn. – A local student will continue their education this fall with the help of Miller Hill Mall and Simon Youth Foundation (SYF).

Kaylee Matuszak, of Hermantown, Minn., has received a Simon Youth Foundation Community Scholarship valued at $1,500. The scholarship is awarded in partnership between Miller Hill Mall and Simon Youth Foundation (SYF), a national non-profit organization dedicated to providing educational and career development opportunities for youth.

Matuszak is a recent graduate of Hermantown High School and exemplified herself through academic excellence, leadership skills, and participation in both school and community activities. She plans to study Secondary Education-English and Theatre at Minnesota State University, Mankato in the fall.

“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 Katie Kaz, general manager at Miller Hill Mall.

While at Hermantown High School, Matuszak was involved in speech, golf, swimming, drama, band, choir, Knowledge Bowl, NHS, Link Crew, Student Council and Junior Rotary. She also sings at fundraising events for local charities including CHUM, DAV, the Duluth Armory and the Music Resource Center.

A self-taught guitar player, Matuszak released her first album, “Stirring Skies”, in 2016 and has performed at Homegrown Music Festival, TributeFest and the Minnesota State Fair.

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.”

About Simon Youth Foundation

Simon Youth Foundation is a national nonprofit based in Indianapolis and is rated as a Four Star Charity by Charity Navigator. SYF exists to help at-risk students who are on the verge of dropping out of high school stay in school. Through 26 Simon Youth Academies in 12 states and Simon Youth Scholarships, SYF advocates, creates and initiates educational opportunities for students by creating learning environments primarily inside Simon malls. In partnership with local public schools, SYF has maintained a 90% graduation rate at its Academies since inception, graduated more than 13,000 students, and awarded more than $15 million in scholarships.  Learn more at syf.org.

About Miller Hill Mall

Miller Hill Mall is the premier shopping destination of Northern Minnesota and Wisconsin, with more than 100 stores to meet every need. Take advantage of tax-free shopping everyday on clothing and shoes at stores like Dick’s Sporting Goods, JCPenney, Sears, Younkers, Old Navy, Justice, American Eagle Outfitters, Lane Bryant, Victoria’s Secret, DSW Shoe Warehouse, Journeys and Chipotle. For the latest news, sales, and events, like Miller Hill Mall on Facebook at Facebook.com/MillerHillMall.


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