HARRISBURG - The Comcast Foundation, founded in 1999 to provide charitable support to its local communities and to empower and enrich lives, is awarding 163 Pennsylvania high school seniors $1,000 scholarships through its annual Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Program. The program, one of the Comcast Foundation’s signature community investment programs, recognizes students’ leadership skills, academic achievement and commitment to community service.
Comcast officials were joined by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett and state legislators in recognizing the students at a special event held Tuesday at the State Museum of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg.
Comcast also awarded Shealyn Williamson from Allderdice High School in Pittsburgh a $10,000 Comcast Founders Scholarship – instituted in honor of Ralph J. Roberts, Founder and Chairman Emeritus of Comcast Corporation. After a prize drawing, 10 students were also given personal notebook computers to use at college.
“I commend the students honored by Comcast today for their hard work and dedication to academics,” said Governor Corbett. “Not only have they excelled in the classroom, but they have shown a commitment to making their communities a better place to live. Each one of them makes Pennsylvania proud.”
The Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Program provides one-time, $1,000 scholarships to students who strive to achieve their potential, who are catalysts for positive change in their communities, who are involved in their schools, and who serve as models for their fellow students. The philosophy behind the program is to give young people every opportunity to be prepared for the future, to engage youth in their communities, and to demonstrate the importance of civic involvement and its value to the business community.
Each year, Comcast works with high school principals, guidance counselors and school administrators to select the scholarship recipients. Since the program’s inception there have been over 17,000 scholarship winners totaling more than $17.2 million.
“Comcast is proud of its Leaders & Achievers scholarship recipients. They represent some of the best and brightest high school seniors who also demonstrate civic involvement in the communities we serve across the country,” said Charisse Lillie, Vice President, Community Investment, Comcast Corporation and President of the Comcast Foundation. “We are thrilled to support their educational efforts with these scholarships.”
About The Comcast Foundation
The Comcast Foundation was founded by Comcast Corporation in June 1999 to provide charitable support to qualified non-profit organizations. The Foundation primarily invests in programs intended to have a positive, sustainable impact on their communities. The Foundation has three community investment priorities — promoting community service, expanding digital literacy, and building tomorrow’s leaders. Since its inception, the Comcast Foundation has donated over $108 million to organizations in the communities nationwide that Comcast serves. More information about the Foundation and its programs is available at www.comcast.com/community.
2012 Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Winners from Montgomery County:
Ambler – Shelleah Jackson of Wissahickon High School
Collegeville – Emily Brooks of Perkiomen Valley Senior High School
Fort Washington – Joshua Wan of Upper Dublin High School
Huntingdon Valley – Katey Steinberg of Lower Moreland Township High School
Jenkintown – Mollie Berkowitz of Jenkintown High School
King of Prussia – Daniel Legaspi of Upper Merion High School
Plymouth Meeting – Bonnie Gross of Plymouth-Whitemarsh High School
Pottstown – Katrina Garthe of Owen J. Roberts High School