HARRISBURG, Pa., May 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- 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.
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2012 Comcast Leaders and Achievers® Scholarship Winners from Pennsylvania
(163 Pennsylvania high school seniors - each student receives a $1,000 grant)
SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS: (alphabetically by county and then by city where school is located)
Adams Fairfield – Deanna Durbin of Fairfield Area High School Littlestown – Trinity Dodson of Littlestown Senior High School McSherrystown – Lynneah Smith of Delone Catholic High School New Oxford – Hannah Fernandez of New Oxford Senior High School
Allegheny Bridgeville – Kara Wise of South Fayette High School Bridgeville – Glenn Selker of Lakeview Christian Academy Coraopolis – Joseph Fleischman of Cornell Senior High School Fox Chapel – Isabella Egloff of Fox Chapel Area High School Imperial – Joseph Mort of West Allegheny Senior High School Jefferson Hills – Rebecca Wytiaz of Thomas Jefferson High School McKees Rocks – Erin Ferry of Montour High School Pittsburgh – Vitya Felder of Hillel Academy Pittsburgh – Kaitlin Manion of Pittsburgh CAPA Pittsburgh – Shannon Evans of North Hills High School Pittsburgh – Shealyn Williamson of Allderdice High School Pittsburgh – Farrah Cornick of Northside Urban Pathways School Pittsburgh – Katherine Roos of North Catholic High School # Pittsburgh – Sarah Espy of Baldwin High School Pittsburgh – Alicia Carson of Penn Hills High School Pittsburgh – Elizabeth Martinson of Oakland Catholic High School Pittsburgh – Erika Williamson of Westinghouse High School Pittsburgh – Camara Copeland of Shady Side Academy Plum – Jordan Gaston of Plum Senior High School Russellton – Alexander Lisowski of Deer Lakes High School South Park – Alyssa Jones of South Park High School
Armstrong Rural Valley – Jayna Rhine of West Shamokin High School
Beaver Aliquippa – Robert Catley of Hopewell Senior High School Beaver Falls – Jennifer Medarac of Beaver Falls High School Baden – Angela Curcio of Quigley Catholic School Freedom – Keith Braun of Freedom Area High School Midland – Jane McConnell of Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School New Brighton – Alexis Williams of New Brighton High School
Berks Hamberg – Leah Fleischel of Hamburg Area High School Reading – Thomas Herb of Antietam Middle-Senior High School West Lawn – Saba Ali of Wilson Senior High School
Bucks Bensalem – Nicholas DiGregorio of Holy Ghost Preparatory High School Newtown – Emily Sonlin of Council Rock High School Warminster – Gregory Glauser of William Tennent High School Warrington – Brendan Kelly of Central Bucks High School South
Centre Bellefonte – Jessica Walizer of Bellefonte Area High School
Chester Coatesville – Kiarra Hicks of Coatesville Area Senior High School Downingtown – Caroline Weyback-Liogier of Bishop Shanahan High School Phoenixville – Hayley Connors of Phoenixville Area High School West Chester – Paymaneh Parhami of B. Reed Henderson High School West Chester – Thomas Phelan of East High School
Clarion New Bethlehem – Corbyn Minich of Redbank High School
Clearfield DuBois – Deanna Badger of DuBois Senior High School
Cumberland Camp Hill – Margaret Gassert of Camp Hill High School Carlisle – Annelise Anderson of Carlisle Area High School Shippensburg – Alana Famulare of Shippensburg Senior High School Wormleysburg – Iqra Shaikh of Harrisburg Academy
Dauphin Elizabethville – Abbie Enders of Upper Dauphin Area High School Harrisburg – Catherine Wilson of Central Dauphin East High School Harrisburg – Irva Pineda of SciTech High School Harrisburg – Erin Tully of Bishop McDevitt High School Harrisburg – Alexander Hunt of Susquehanna Township Senior High School Hershey – Katharine Rozman of Hershey High School Hummelstown – Amie Diamond of Lower Dauphin Senior High School Millersburg – Janelle Hawthorne of Millersburg Area High School Steelton – Howlader Nashara of Steelton-Highspire Junior-Senior High School
Delaware Boothwyn – Arence Paasewe of Chichester High School Havertown – Wenye Huangpu of Haverford High School Media – Jacki Turet of Penncrest High School Rosemont – Lina Huang of Agnes Irwin School Sharon Hill – Abriana Height of Academy Park High School Villanova – Alexandra Ambrogi of Notre Dame Academy
Franklin Chambersburg – Rebecca Berry of Chambersburg Area High School Chambersburg – Kirsten Hawbaker of Shalom Christian Academy Waynesboro – Chance Reecher of Waynesboro Senior High School Willow Hill – Christine Sitman of Fannett-Metal Senior High School
Huntingdon Huntingdon – Olivia Decker of Huntingdon Area High School
Indiana Blairsville – Katlyn Mazzaferro-Romanish of Blairsville Senior High School Clymer – John Berkavich of Penns Manor Area Junior-Senior High School Indiana – Beth Kopczyk of Indiana Area Senior High School Saltsburg – Megan Miller of Saltsburg Junior-Senior High School
Jefferson Punxsutawney – Derick Kelly of Punxsutawney High School
Lackawanna Archbald – Amanda Walter of Valley View High School Old Forge – Corinne Breymeier of Old Forge High School Taylor – Kyra Leasure of Riverside Junior-Senior High School
Lancaster Columbia – Marilyn Ngo of Columbia Junior-Senior High School Elizabethtown – Austin Albright of Elizabethtown Area Senior High School Kinzers – Jared Feister of Pequea Valley High School Lancaster – Stephen Ball of Manheim Township High School Lancaster – William Broaddus of McCaskey East High School Landisville – Ashley Cox of Hempfield High School Manheim – Katelyn Bustin of Manheim Central Senior High School Millersville – Kayla Bixler of Penn Manor High School Mount Joy – Kyra Knier of Donegal High School New Holland – Stephanie High of Garden Spot High School Quarryville – Brianna Kiesel of Solanco High School
Lawrence New Castle – Nicholas Totin of New Castle Junior-Senior High School New Castle – Michael Vitullo of Union Area High School
Lebanon Lebanon – Abigail Stefanides of Cedar Crest High School Myerstown – Jocelyn Stoudt of ELCO High School
Luzerne Dallas – Andrew Santora of Dallas High School
Lycoming Hughesville – Tyler Smith of Hughesville High School Jersey Shore – Emily Packer of Jersey Shore Area High School Montoursville – Ashley Burger of Montoursville High School Muncy – Sophia Reeder of Muncy Junior-Senior High School South Williamsport – Jillian Jackson of South Williamsport Junior-Senior High School Williamsport – Meghan Cunningham of Loyalsock High School
Montgomery 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
Perry Millerstown – Jessie Kiner of Greenwood High School Newport – Jonathan Geyer of Newport Junior-Senior High School
Philadelphia Philadelphia – Shayla Torres of Community Academy of Philadelphia Charter School Philadelphia – Leander Berry of Parkway West High School Philadelphia – Elizabeth Silvestro of Math Science and Technology Community Charter School Philadelphia – Vernon Jordan of Murrell Dobbins Career and Technical Education High School Philadelphia – Wing Hung Cheung of Hallahan High School Philadelphia – Lisa Cheung of Academy at Palumbo Philadelphia – Cindy Zhang of Parkway Center City School Philadelphia – Gech Kong of International Christian High School Philadelphia – Rebecca Bannan of Little Flower High School Philadelphia – Robert Ramos of Carver High School of Engineering and Science Philadelphia – Angelina Smith of Franklin High School Philadelphia – Damara McDowell of Freire Charter School Philadelphia – Kitty Thai of Swenson Arts and Technology High School Philadelphia – Qadriyyah Major of Kensington Business and Finance High School Philadelphia – Ahteyona Hines of Multicultural Academy Charter School Philadelphia – Allison Schreffler of Springside School Philadelphia – Brianna Alexander of Motivation High School Philadelphia – Marissa Hirsch of Franklin Towne Charter High School Philadelphia – Lisa Liu of Saul High School Philadelphia – Olivia Ngo of Central High School Philadelphia – Iskar Smith of City Center Academy Philadelphia – Priscilla Lugo of Mercy Vocational High School Philadelphia – Marlon Lewis of High School for the Future Philadelphia – Deblyn Lawrence of Masterman High School Philadelphia – Levi Rivers of Germantown High School Philadelphia – Shermeir Porter of Girard College Philadelphia – Michelle Swiger of Commonwealth Connections Academy *
Schulykill Hegins – Makenzie Stutzman of Tri-Valley High School Minersville – Olivia Massari of Minersville Area Junior-Senior High School Pottsville – Corey Conville of Pottsville Area High School
Somerset Confluence – Shelby Burkett of Turkeyfoot High School Somerset – Britta Musser of Somerset Junior-Senior High School
Sullivan Laporte – Justine McCarty of Sullivan County High School
Venango Oil City – Charles Moon of Oil City High School
Washington Canonsburg – Anthony Sciulli of Canon-McMillan High School Houston – Patsy Tatano of Chartiers-Houston Junior-Senior High School Monongahela – Connor Kane of Ringgold High School Washington – Brian D'Orazio of Trinity High School
Westmoreland Belle Vernon – Natalie Martin of Belle Vernon Area High School Greensburg – Abigail Yasika of Greensburg Salem High School Greensburg – Brandi Wian of Hempfield Area High School Herminie – Gina Huss of Yough High School Lower Burrell – Rachel Wilson of Burrell Senior High School Monessen – Desiree Rice of Monessen Middle-Senior High School New Kensington – Kelsey Phillips of Valley High School North Huntingdon – Nicole Shuckhart of Norwin Senior High School
York Dallastown – Jennifer Boyle of Dallastown Area Senior High School Dover – Madalyn Gordon of Dover Area High School Fawn Grove – Anita Saesing of Kennard-Dale High School Glen Rock – Casey Skevington of Susquehannock High School Lewisberry – Logan Hodges of Red Land Senior High School Manchester – Nicholas Small of Northeastern Senior High School
* Cyber school headquartered in Harrisburg # Resides in Butler County
SOURCE Comcast Cable