The Simon Scholars Program has awarded 700-plus students more than $23 million since it was founded 10 years ago.
The program annually chooses high school students in challenging life and economic circumstances to participate in college-prep work, leadership training, team-building activities and SAT/ACT workshops. Simon scholars also receive $30,000 in financial support, programs and services.
Founded by Ronald M. Simon, a Newport Beach, Calif., entrepreneur, the program has an astounding success rate, with 90 percent of students going on to graduate from college.
The Simon Scholars Program, which originated in Santa Ana, Calif., has grown to serve 16 high schools across the country, including in New Mexico and Georgia. The Orange County chapter will soon be expanding to other school districts which have higher Hispanic populations, which means more Hispanic students will benefit from the program, according to a press release.
Success stories include Jonathan Espinoza, Isela Arias and Gustavio Ascencio. Espinoza attends Georgetown University on a full scholarship; Arias was the first in her family to attend a four-year college; and Ascencio, born in El Salvador, didn't consider college to be a possibility before becoming a Simon Scholars recipient.
For more information about the Simon Scholars Program, visit www.simonscholars.org.
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