2013-05-23 / Local & State

Comcast Awards $188,000 In Scholarships To High School Seniors

The Comcast Foundation, founded in 1999 to provide charitable support to its local communities and to empower and enrich lives, is awarding 179 Pennsylvania high school seniors scholarships through its annual Leaders and Achievers┬« Scholarship Program. The program, one of the Comcast Foundation’s signature community investment initiatives, recognizes students’ leadership skills, academic achievement and commitment to community service.

David Welsh of McConnellsburg High School and Makayla Hawbaker of Southern Huntingdon High School were among the recipients.

Comcast, joined by Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley and other government officials, recognized the students at a special event held last Tuesday at the State Museum of Pennsylvania. A total of 178 of the 2013 Pennsylvania Leaders and Achievers recipients received $1,000 scholarships. Cristal Liriano of ILEAD Charter School in Reading, Pa., was awarded a $10,000 Comcast Founders Scholarship – instituted in honor of Ralph J. Roberts, founder and chairman emeritus of Comcast Corp. – for a total of $188,000 awarded this year to Pennsylvania high school seniors. After a prize drawing, 10 students were also given netbooks to use at college.

“Gov. Tom Corbett joins me in congratulating these gifted students for their outstanding achievements,” said Lt. Gov. Cawley. “We also commend the Comcast Foundation for its ongoing charitable support of programs like this scholarship.”

“Comcast recognizes the importance of fostering lead- ership and excellence in the next generation,” said Jim Samaha, regional senior vice president for Comcast. “These students are role models in their communities and at their schools. We commend them for their exceptional achievements, and wish them the very best in their future endeavors.”

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 youths in their communities, and to demonstrate the importance of civic involvement and the value placed on civic involvement by the business community.

Since the program’s inception, more than $17.7 million in scholarship money has been presented to more than 17,000 scholarship winners nationwide.

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