HARRISBURG – May 18, 2016 – The Comcast Foundation today announced the 2016 recipients of its annual Leaders and Achievers® Scholarship Program awards.
Comcast, joined by Lori Burkholder, morning anchor at WGAL-TV and local government officials, recognized the students at a special event held Tuesday at the State Museum of Pennsylvania. All of the 2016 Pennsylvania Leaders and Achievers recipients received $1,000 scholarships, except for one student, Mary Elizabeth Wentling, who was awarded a $10,000 Comcast Founder’s Scholarship – instituted in honor of Ralph J. Roberts, Founder and Chairman Emeritus of Comcast Corporation. After a prize drawing, five students also received Asus laptops for use at college.
“The Pennsylvania Department of Education congratulates the exemplary students being recognized today for their hard work both in the classroom and outside school walls,” said Secretary of Education Pedro A. Rivera. “While their efforts today certainly position them for success tomorrow, their commitment to philanthropy demonstrates an understanding of the importance of community. Thank you to the Comcast Foundation for shining a light on these inspiring students by recognizing their work and encouraging other young Pennsylvanians to achieve academic success while making time to give back to others.”
The Comcast Leaders and Achievers® Scholarship Program provides $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 prepare for the future and to engage them in their communities. The program also demonstrates the importance of civic involvement, and the value placed on civic involvement by the business community.
“Leaders and Achievers Scholarship winners exemplify leadership and commitment to academic excellence and community service,” said Christine Whitaker, regional senior vice president for Comcast. “It is a privilege to recognize their achievements, and support them as they further their educations.”
To date, Comcast has awarded more than $25 million to nearly 25,000 Leaders and Achievers Scholarship winners.
Connect with the scholarship winners at ww.facebook.com/ComcastLeadersandAchievers.
The Comcast Leaders and Achievers® Scholarship Program is one of the many ways that Comcast gives back to the communities we serve. Click here to learn more.