Comcast Awards $100,000 in Scholarships to Michigan High School Seniors

Comcast Leaders & Achievers® Scholarship Program Recognizes Michigan Students for their Academic Achievement and Community Service

Jun 13, 2012, 08:00 ET from Comcast Cable

LANSING, Mich., June 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Comcast Foundation, founded in 1999 to provide charitable support to its local communities and to empower and enrich lives is awarding 100 Michigan high school seniors scholarships through its annual Leaders & 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. Scholarship recipients were recognized at the Comcast Leaders & Achievers Scholarship Recognition Celebration at the Michigan State Capitol in Lansing yesterday.

"Each year, we are excited to provide scholarships for these talented students," said Charisse R. Lillie, President of the Comcast Foundation and Vice President, Community Investment of Comcast Corp. "Comcast seeks students who demonstrate leadership abilities in school activities and who reflect a strong commitment to community service.  These students are our future leaders, and we hope these scholarships will help to power their dreams for success."

"Comcast has a vested interest in providing our youth with opportunities to excel and succeed in a highly competitive higher education landscape and job market," said Tim Collins, Senior Vice President for Comcast's Heartland Region, which includes Michigan. "We commend these students for their outstanding achievements, and wish them the best of luck in their future endeavors."

Comcast welcomed Aaron L. Rosenhaus, Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Uniland Corporation, as its keynote speaker during the Leaders & Achievers event. As COO, he oversees all construction and property management operations. Uniland Corporation has been a family owned and operated community builder since 1926. It is a real estate development and construction firm dedicated to the success and growth of the communities they build and operate in. Its focus is construction services, property management, energy consumption solutions and consultation on commercial, residential and healthcare construction.

A Michigan native, born and raised in Metropolitan Detroit, Rosenhaus is a 2002 graduate of Cranbrook-Kingswood Academy and a 2007 Graduate of the School of Planning, Design and Construction at Michigan State University. In just five short years after college, he has worked in the construction industry in Michigan, California and Texas, before returning back to Michigan last summer to join Uniland. His past projects have included a multi-sports outdoor arena and two hospitals in Southern California, as well as a new housing community in Austin, Texas.

Rosenhaus founded the Young Construction Professional, a 2000-member group, representing the full spectrum of the real estate, construction and design industry from every continent except Antarctica.  

The Comcast Leaders & 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 the value placed on civic involvement by the business community.

To date, Comcast has awarded more than $17 million to more than 17,000 Leaders and Achievers Scholarship winners nationwide.

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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 more than $90 million to organizations in the communities nationwide that Comcast serves.  More information about the Foundation and its programs is available at

This year's Comcast Leaders & Achievers Scholarship recipients for Michigan are:

Avery Adams

Classical Academy


Abdelrahman Allam

Bloomfield Hills Lahser High School

West Bloomfield          

Ja-Queshia Allen

Northern High School


LeSia Armstrong

Battle Creek Central High School

Battle Creek

Tirzah Ashmore

Ferndale Senior High School


Alex Atanasovski

Melvindale High School

Allen Park

Lauren Barnes-Whitehead

Stone High School

Ann Arbor

Karen  Bates

Ypsilanti High School


Anna Berglund

Paw Paw High School


Joshlyn Booth

Romulus Senior High School


Sophia Broesamle

Jonesville High School


Brenda Brown

Academy for Business and Technology


Hunter   Brumels

Holland High School


Kendall Buie

Saline High School


Brittany Burns

Grosse Ile Township High School

Grosse Ile

Joelle   Byers

Calvary Christian Schools


Nakayla Clark

East Grand Rapids High School


Eric Coates

Henry Ford High School


Cody Cochran

Hanover Horton


Amith Diwakar

International Academy

Rochester Hills

Elizabeth Drake

University Liggett School Main Campus

Harper Woods

Andrew Dygert

NorthPointe Christian School

Grand Rapids

Abigail Dykema

Northview High School

Grand Rapids

Justice Echols

Wylie E. Groves High School


Lauren English

Deckerville Secondary School

Port Sanilac

Makia Evans

Voyageur Consortium High School


Ian Ferguson

Kenowa Hills High School

Grand Rapids

Rachael Folkmier

Fruitport High School


Sinclaire Fonville

Pioneer High School

Ann Arbor

Ryan Gillette

Fennville High School


Gabrielle Glodich

Marine City High School

East China

Taylor Grant

Davis Aerospace Technical High School


Vanessa Graves

Martin Luther King Jr. Sr. High School


Devante Griffin

Pontiac Academy for Excellence High School


Farha Hanif

Rochester High School

Rochester Hills

Cordell Harris

Genesee Early College


Ebony Harvey

Northwestern Commencement Academy


Audrey Hendon

J.W. Sexton High School


Maggi Heneghan

Black River Public School


Arielle Hines

John Glenn High School


Shane Jackson

Fitzgerald Senior High School


Mariam Jalloul

Fordson High School


London Johnson

Rogers High School


Sierra Johnson

Detroit International Academy


Daja Jolliff

Detroit School of Arts


Victoria Jordan

Mattawan Consolidated School


Omuwa Kerobo

Eisenhower High School


Emily Kilcline

Fraser High School

Clinton Township

Emily Kimes

Caledonia High School


Amanda LaBelle

Lakeview High School


Jason Law

Bloomfield Hills Andover High School

West Bloomfield

Britney Lewis

Addison High School


Rachel Lombardi

Lakeview High School

Battle Creek

Demario Longmire

Orchard View High School


Alexa Madison

University Preparatory Academy-High


Connor Makowski

Marcellus High School


John Malley

Rockford High School


Amina Marini

Edsel Ford High School


Megan Markey

Sandusky Community School


Sydne McMullen

Britton-Macon Area School


Angel Mendoza

Cesar Chavez High School


Maria Midena

Vandercook Lake High School 


Patricia Minaya

Lee High School


Abigael Onchiri

East Lansing High School

East Lansing

Christina Payton-Rice

Hamady Community High School


Hope Pena

Lamphere High School

Madison Hts.

Alanna Philipose

Canton High School


Samantha Pilon

Southgate Anderson High School


Telisse  Portis

Academy of the Sacred Heart

Auburn Hills

Nicholas Postelli

South Haven High School

South Haven    

Logan Raterink

Waverly High School


Leena Raza

International Academy East


Erin Riedel

Adlai Stevenson High School

Sterling Heights

Kevin Rocheleau

Eaton Rapids High School


Molly Rott

Berkley High School


Neena Rouhani

Avondale High School

Rochester Hills

Lucie Sertich

Carsonville-Port Sanilac High School

Port Sanilac

Christopher Seto

Jackson Christian School


Champagne Smith

Muskegon High School


Steven Smith

Bad Axe High School

Bad Axe

Benjamin Sniezek

Crestwood High School

Dearborn Heights

Jasmine Sparks

Northwestern High School


Amber Stallworth

Crockett Career and Technical Center


Taylor Sweeney

Port Huron Northern High School

Fort Gratiot

Rim Tamim

Star International Academy


Mary Thomas

River Rouge High School

River Rouge

Kelsey Thome

Sparta High School


Lucero Toral

Western International High School


Jennifer Trahan

Riverview Community High School


Nicholas Tripp

Crockett High School


Eneziah Walters

International Academy of Flint


Hannah Wasil

Macomb Christian School


Katelyn Weiss

Allen Park High School

Allen Park

Andrew Whitmyer

Three Rivers High School

Three Rivers

Kevin Witenoff

Ernest W. Seaholm High School

Bloomfield Hills

Aimee Wolf

Decatur High School


Hanan Yahya

Universal Academy


Amber Young

Mona Shores High School

Norton Shores

Rujia Zha

Huron High School

Ann Arbor

Gordon Zhang

Stoney Creek High School


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's focus areas are volunteerism, literacy, and youth leadership development.  Since its inception, the Comcast Foundation has donated more than $64 million to organizations in the communities nationwide that Comcast serves. More information about the Foundation and its programs is available at

About Comcast Corporation
Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) ( is one of the nation's leading providers of entertainment, information and communications products and services.  Comcast is principally involved in the operation of cable systems through Comcast Cable and in the development, production and distribution of entertainment, news, sports and other content for global audiences through NBCUniversal.  Comcast Cable is one of the nation's largest video, high-speed Internet and phone providers to residential and business customers.  Comcast is the majority owner and manager of NBCUniversal, which owns and operates entertainment and news cable networks, the NBC and Telemundo broadcast networks, local television station groups, television production operations, a major motion picture company and theme parks.

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