Simon Youth Foundation, a national nonprofit that provides educational opportunities for at-risk high school students, is looking for qualified applicants who live near Dover Mall and the surrounding community.

Each year, Simon Youth community scholarships are awarded in communities across the country that is home to Simon, Mills or Premium Outlets malls. The application period has begun and will end March 1.

Students can apply by visiting syf.org/scholarships.

Any student who will be graduating in the class of 2017 and lives in the community surrounding a Simon property is eligible. Applicants can check their eligibility by entering their ZIP code at syf.org/scholarships. Recipients will receive up to $1,500 to enroll in an accredited college, university, vocational or technical school.

In addition, 11 regional awards called Awards of Excellence will be given to top candidates. The regions eligible are Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Indianapolis, Miami, New York, Orange County in California, Orlando and Seattle/Tacoma. Students from these areas will have the opportunity to receive a $10,000 award.

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

The 2017 SYF community scholarship recipients will be selected by International Scholarship and Tuition Services Inc., a third-party administrator. Students are selected based on various 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 consideration.

Recipients will be notified in May.

For information, visit syf.org.