CENTRAL VALLEY — Simon Youth Foundation, a national nonprofit that provides educational opportunities for at-risk high school students, is looking for graduating seniors who live near Woodbury Common Premium Outlets and the surrounding community.

Each year, Simon scholarships are awarded in every community across the country that is home to Simon, Mills, or Premium Outlets malls. The application period ends on March 1, 2017.

Students can apply online by visiting syf.org/scholarships.

The foundation will award 25 scholarships to students graduating in the class of 2017 who live in communities surrounding the mall. Recipients will receive up to $1,500 to enroll in an accredited college, university, vocational or technical school.

In addition, an “Award of Excellence” will be given to the top candidate from among the scholarship applicants that represent the nationwide Premium Outlets locations. That student will receive a $10,000 award ($2,500 for up to four years).

In 2016, the Simon Youth Foundation awarded $1.2 million to 300 students nationwide.

“The cost of college continues to rise, and SYF is proud to partner with Woodbury Common Premium Outlets to award scholarships that will remove some of the financial obstacles that could otherwise prevent a student from achieving the dream of a college education,” said Dr. J. Michael Durnil, SYF President and CEO.

Recipients will be selected by International Scholarship and Tuition Services, a third-party administrator. Students are selected based on a variety of criteria, including financial need, academic performance, leadership skills and participation in school and community activities. Those students who are the first in their family to pursue a post secondary education will also be given close consideration.

Recipients will be notified in May.