Simon Youth Foundation seeks scholarship applicants

Simon Youth Foundation, a national nonprofit providing educational opportunities for at-risk high school students, will award a college scholarship to one student from every community that is home to a retail concern owned by Simon Property Group, which includes Arundel Mills and Hagerstown Premium Outlets.

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Simon Youth Foundation Community Scholarships are awarded in partnership with local Simon properties. The application period has begun and will end on Feb. 25. Students are encouraged to apply online at syf.org.

Any student who will be graduating in 2015 and lives within 50 miles of a Simon property is eligible. The program will award a one-time scholarship of up to $1,500 each to students who plan to enroll in accredited colleges, universities, or vocational or technical schools.

Students are selected based on criteria including financial need, academic performance, leadership skills and participation in school and community activities. Students who are the first in their families to pursue post-secondary education will also be given close consideration. Recipients will be notified the week of May 4.

South Carroll Lioness Lions to award scholarship

The South Carroll Lioness Lions Club will award a $2,000 scholarship to two graduating seniors, one each at Liberty and Century high schools. Applicants should have records of good citizenship and their grade pointe averages should be 3.0 or higher. In addition, they should demonstrate a commitment to community service.

Applications are available at the guidance office at each school. The deadline for applications is April 24. For more information, students can check with the guidance office at either school.

Gamber Fire Co. and Oscar Brothers scholarship offered

The Gamber and Community Fire Company, in cooperation with the Oscar Brothers family, will offer the Oscar Brothers Memorial Scholarship Fund, a four-year college scholarship to a student who lives in the primary area serviced by the fire company. The scholarship is up to $5,000 the first year and up to $2,500 in the second through fourth years, with a $12,500 maximum payout per student over four years for tuition and books only.

To qualify, students must have their primary residence in the first due geographic area serviced by the Gamber and Community Fire Company. Students from Westminster, Liberty, South Carroll, Century and Winters Mill high schools, as well as students from any other private school, or who are home schooled, are eligible if their primary residence is within Gamber's first-due district. Visit the "About Us" section of gambervfd.org to see a map of the district. Financial need will be a primary consideration. Applicants must provide the most recent total family income plus the number of children in the family. The application deadline is April 15.

A minimum course load of 12 credit hours is required. Students must maintain a 2.5 grade point average or better to remain eligible each semester for the entire four years. Students attending two-year programs are also eligible and also must maintain a 2.5 grade point average or better. Students must perform 40 hours of community service during each year of eligibility, preferably within the Gamber & Community Fire Company service area. Maintaining honors can earn recipients an extra $500 per semester when submitted with appropriate documentation.

Forms are available by emailing cmyers@gambervfd.org or by mail at: Scholarship Committee, Gamber & Community Fire Co., 3838 Niner Road, Finksburg, MD 21048; include the student's name, address, telephone number and email address.

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