The Folsom Premium Outlets and Simon Youth Foundation presented a $1,500 scholarship to Vista del Lago High School graduate Teresa Rexin on Wednesday, Aug. 22, to use toward her college career.
Rexin said she originally learned about the scholarship opportunity when her mother saw an article about it in the Folsom Telegraph a few months back.
“We get the paper delivered. My mom saw the article and told me to apply,” she said. “It really means a lot to me because every little penny counts toward financing my college education. Nowadays college can be really expensive, so I am really grateful to the Simon Youth Foundation. I am honored to be a recipient of this scholarship.”
Rexin is attending Folsom Lake College this fall and plans to transfer to a four-year university to earn a bachelor’s degree in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) field, she said.
Brenda Smith, general manager of the Folsom Premium Outlets, said the funds for this scholarship come from the fountain where people make wishes.
“All of the funds come from our water feature at the Outlets where people make a wish,” Smith said. “We collect the change and send to our organization, the Simon Youth Foundation, which gives scholarships to deserving students, like Teresa.”
Rexin said no one should be afraid to apply to scholarships.
“If you don’t try, then you’ll never know what you could get. Don’t be afraid to apply for scholarships,” Rexin said. “There are a lot of opportunities out there for everyone.”
Rexin was the valedictorian of her graduating class this past June and has been attending Folsom Lake College since last fall maintaining a 4.0 GPA. The 17-year-old is interning with Intel as a business analyst high school intern for the second summer in a row and has various awards and honors including a National AP Scholar and AP Scholar with Distinction award; Soaring Eagle Award in Statistics; The St. Therese Award and more.