Peabody Learning Academy at Northshore Mall held a graduation and scholarship presentation on Thursday, May 29 to honor the perseverance and accomplishments of 11 at-risk teens.
Three of the students were selected as Simon Youth Foundation Academy Scholarship Recipients:
- Carla Mottola received a Simon Youth Foundation Academy Scholarship valued at $7,700 over two years.
- Teddy Rezza received a Simon Youth Foundation Academy Scholarship valued at $31,000 over four years.
- Nichole Kernweis received a Simon Youth Foundation Academy Scholarship valued at $31,000 over four years.
The scholarship is awarded to individuals who have worked tirelessly to earn their diploma, and seek to pursue their dreams in post-secondary education. SYF is a national non-profit dedicated to providing educational and career development opportunities to youth.
The following students were selected and have received a Northshore Community College/East Boston Savings Bank Scholarship valued at $1,000 over one year:
- Meagan Lemelin
- William Tsonis
- Daniel Porter
- Brandon Miranda
- Carla Mottola
One of the students was selected as Burton’s Grill Scholarship Recipients.
- Meagan Lemelin received Burton’s Grill Scholarship valued at $2,500 over one year.
“We are so excited to honor these amazing graduates,” said Mark Whiting, General Manager of Northshore Mall. “Their dedication to their future inspires all of us.”
More than $1 million in Simon Youth Scholarships will be awarded this spring nationwide, surpassing $10 million since the program’s inception. In 15 years, more than 10,000 graduates have earned their diplomas at Simon Youth Academies at a 90% graduation rate.
“Anything is possible with education, and Simon Youth Foundation is committed to igniting this kind of hope in students,” says J. Michael Durnil, Ph.D., President and CEO of SYF. “We are proud that our Simon Youth Scholarships help remove financial obstacles that would otherwise prevent deserving young people from pursuing the dream to attend college or another post-secondary institution.”