Why We Do What We Do: A Graduate Profile

Diabetes didn’t stop this student from achieving success!
Since age five, her life has been different. She could have become angry or frustrated, but instead she chose to dream big. At age five, Jessica Kroner was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. At age seven, she decided she wanted to become a pediatric physician specifically to help children diagnosed with this disease.

Today, with the help of Simon Youth Foundation (SYF), Jessica is one step closer to making that childhood dream a reality.

Jessica is a recipient of SYF’s Community Scholarship. SYF established the Community Scholarship to meet the financial needs of students in communities that host Simon shopping malls and centers. Jessica is a graduate of Nanuet Senior High School, NY, who received support and a scholarship from The Shops at Nanuet, NY. Next month, she will head to Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, PA. She plans to major in Biology/Pre-Med.
“With this generous amount, I will be able to pursue my lifetime goal as well as further my education without the extra financial stress and worry,” said Jessica. “I am grateful for the overwhelming support from the Simon Youth Foundation, thank you.”
Every year in the United States, 13,000 children are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, and more than 1 million American kids and adults deal daily with the disease.
While type 1 diabetes can be challenging to live with, Jessica has focused on diabetes management, living her life and helping others in any way possible. Everyone at SYF is happy to help contribute to Jessica’s education and to support her dream of becoming a pediatrician. Our hope for Jessica – and all of our young students, is that the scholarships we are able to award will help them start with their goals and go anywhere. For Jessica, we hope it will be the start of her goal to helping children with diabetes and maybe even working to help find a cure!

Igniting hope for 15 years, Simon Youth Foundation has dispersed more than $10 million in scholarships and graduated more than 10,000 at-risk students in Simon Youth Academies. Jessica is one of the many deserving youth people who are able to pursue their dreams to attend college or another post-secondary institution with the help of SYF.

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