Comcast Awards $122,000 in Scholarships to 113 Massachusetts Students

Graduating High School Seniors Recognized for Academic Achievement and Community Service

Jun 24, 2010, 08:00 ET from Comcast Cable

BOSTON, June 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Comcast today announced the Massachusetts recipients of its 2010 Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Program, awarding 112 graduating high school seniors from across the state a $1,000 college scholarship in recognition of their academic achievement and commitment to community.  Also, Comcast surprised one student with a $10,000 Comcast Founders Scholarship, named after Comcast founder Ralph Roberts, to provide an additional helping hand in paying for their college education.

"We're thrilled to award scholarships to the best and brightest high school seniors in the communities we serve," said David L. Cohen, Executive Vice President of Comcast Corporation, who was in Boston to take part in the awards ceremony at the State House.  "Comcast is proud to play a role in the development of our nation's future leaders and we hope these scholarships will help power their dreams along the way."

Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray joined Comcast in recognizing the scholarship recipients.  He said, "It is a pleasure to congratulate this outstanding group of Massachusetts students and I wish them well as they continue to pursue their education, public service and future endeavors.  The Patrick-Murray Administration values the importance of education, and we're grateful that Comcast has acknowledged these successful students so generously."

The Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Program provides one-time $1,000 scholarships to students who strive to achieve their potential, are catalysts for positive change in their communities, are involved in their schools and 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.

"Each year, we are excited to award Leaders and Achievers scholarships to talented and deserving students in Massachusetts who demonstrate leadership in school activities and reflect a strong commitment to community service," said Steve Hackley, Senior Vice President for Comcast's Greater Boston Region.  "We are proud to recognize the success and potential of such outstanding student leaders, all of whom are preparing for the next step in their educational careers."

Since 2001, there have been over 13,300 scholarship winners receiving more than $13.4 million nationwide.  In Massachusetts, 665 high school seniors have been awarded Comcast Leaders and Achievers scholarships, totaling more than $670,000.

Each year, Comcast works with high school principals, guidance counselors and school administrators to select the scholarship recipients.  The program is overseen by International Scholarship and Tuition Services, Inc., an independent firm that specializes in managing sponsored scholarship programs.

For additional information, visit  A list of the scholarship recipients in Massachusetts is attached.

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 $77 million to organizations in the communities nationwide that Comcast serves. More information about the Foundation and its programs is available at

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2010 Massachusetts Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Recipients


High School


Gabriella Abbondanza

Southwick-Tolland Regional High School

Southwick, MA

Caitlin Bailey

Hingham High School

Hingham, MA

Matilda Banker-Johnson

Sturgis Charter School

Falmouth, MA

Megan Beliveau

St. Mary High School

Westfield, MA

Meghan Boyle

Monson High School

Monson, MA

Nicholas Braga

Bishop Stang High School

New Bedford, MA

Zachary Button

Quaboag Regional High School

Sturbridge, MA

Jennifer Celli

St. Bernard's High School

Leominster, MA

Elizabeth Chapdelaine

Somerset High School

Somerset, MA

Kathryn Chapman

Greater Lowell Regional Vocational Technical School

Lowell, MA

Peter Chase

Phillips Exeter Academy

Dover, MA

Christine Coner

Cohasset High School

Cohasset, MA

Micaela Connor

Marian High School

Marlborough, MA

Lindsay Crane

Plymouth North High School

Plymouth, MA

Carolyn Creighton

Abington High School

Abington, MA

Alan Cunningham

St. Clement High School

Somerville, MA

Jillian Dervishian

Malden High School

Malden, MA

Anshul Dhankher

Amherst Regional High School

Amherst, MA

Ronald DiTullio

Austin Preparatory School

Wilmington, MA

Kelly Duval

Hanover High School

Hanover, MA

Keith Eaton

Narragansett Regional High School

Templeton, MA

Anna Fang

Phillips Academy

Watertown, MA

Evette Franjieh

Foxborough Regional Charter School

Mansfield, MA

Jayme Giancola

Lunenburg High School

Lunenburg, MA

Tyler Gioacchini

Classical High School

Lynn, MA

Hannah Gisness

Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School

South Hamilton, MA

Jonathon Glidden

St John's Preparatory School

Peabody, MA

Brendan Glynn

Pope John XXIII High School

South Boston, MA

Olivia Gross

Martha's Vineyard Regional High School

Vineyard Haven, MA

Elizabeth Henderson

Haverhill High School

Haverhill, MA

Samuel Hill

Lynn English High School

Lynn, MA

Jennifer Ho

Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School

West Yarmouth, MA

Amanda Hollenbeck

Wilmington High School

Wilmington, MA

Jonathan Huang

Randolph High School

Randolph, MA

Eric Hudson

Taunton High School

Taunton, MA

Abigail Hynes-Houston

Harwich High School

Harwich, MA

Stephanie Jusino

William J. Dean Technical High School

Holyoke, MA

Julia Kantner

Old Rochester Regional High School

Rochester, MA

Heather Kapatoes

Hopedale High School

Hopedale, MA

Christopher Karras

Cape Cod Regional Technical High School

Harwich, MA

Jill Kelly

Whitman-Hanson Regional High School

Hanson, MA

Nicole Knapik

Nipmuc Regional High School

Mendon, MA

Eva Ko

Plymouth South High School

Plymouth, MA

Samuel Lathrop

Pembroke High School

Pembroke, MA

Alexandria Lattimore

Chelmsford High School

Chelmsford, MA

Amy Le

The Winsor School

Boston, MA

Edward Ledwith

Norton High School

Norton, MA

Matthew Lee

Newton North High School

Newton, MA

Jia Lei

Excel High School

Boston, MA

Ada Lin

Boston Latin School

Boston, MA

Melissa Lindsay

Ware High School

Ware, MA

Emma Long

Gateway Regional High School

Huntington, MA

Haley Mack

Springfield Expeditionary Learning School

Springfield, MA

Travis Maider

North Middlesex Regional High School

Townsend, MA

Rebecca Masterson

Joseph Case High School

Swansea, MA

Matthew McCormick

Needham High School

Needham, MA

Elizabeth McKenna

Bishop Guertin High School

Westford, MA

Stephen McQuaid

Marlborough High School

Marlborough, MA

Jamie Medeiros

Bishop Connolly High School

Fall River, MA

Nikolas Medrano

Thayer Academy

Roslindale, MA

Jocelyn Mejia

Revere High School

Revere, MA

Anna Melillo

Ayer High School

Townsend, MA

Carolyn Miller

Leominster Senior High School

Leominster, MA

Amelia Montemayor

Pioneer Valley Christian School

Springfield, MA

Michelle Mooney

Academy of Notre Dame High School

Milford, NH

Katherine Morrissey

Gardner High School

Gardner, MA

Sally Nguyen

Newman School

Boston, MA

Jeancarlos Olan

Greenfield High School

Greenfield, MA

Catherine O'Loughlin

Cardinal Spellman High School

Randolph, MA

Lauren O'Loughlin

Hopkinton High School

Hopkinton, MA

Jennifer Parsons

Milford High School

Milford, MA

Francesco Passalacqua

Gloucester High School

Gloucester, MA

Alexis Pena

Greater New Bedford Vocational Technical School

New Bedford, MA

Tyler Plante

Blackstone Millville Regional High School

Blackstone, MA

Sophia Pompilus

Milton High School

Milton, MA

Kristen Powers

Brookline High School

Brookline, MA

Jesseca Purdy

Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School

Marlborough, MA

Katherine Rafuse

Wayland High School

Wayland, MA

Franchesly Rivera

Roger L. Putnam Vocational Technical High School

Springfield, MA

Lyndsay Robinson

Shawsheen Valley Technical High School

Tewksbury, MA

Alexandra Rodriguez

Clinton Senior High School

Clinton, MA

David Ruffolo

St. Sebastian's School

Sudbury, MA

Carl Rugato

Lynnfield High School

Lynnfield, MA

Jennifer Russo

Medway High School

Medway, MA

Magaly Salazar

The English High School

Roslindale, MA

Michelle Scali

Reading Memorial High School

Reading, MA

Kaitlyn Schroyer

Longmeadow High School

East Longmeadow, MA

Danielle Scipione

Avon Middle-High School

Avon, MA

Rebecca Senna

Falmouth High School

East Falmouth, MA

Gabriella Sharpe

Milton Academy

Milton, MA

Kety Silva

Brockton High School

Brockton, MA

Marina Simons

North Reading High School

North Reading, MA

Shamoore Simpson

Cathedral High School

Springfield, MA

Courtney Sine

Dartmouth High School

Dartmouth, MA

Andrew Slowick

Holyoke Catholic High School

West Springfield, MA

Sydney Southern

Bishop Fenwick High School

Peabody, MA

Angelina Spagnoli

Leominster Center Technology Education School

Leominster, MA

Elizabeth Steele

Central Catholic High School

Atkinson, NH

Samantha Steer

Rockport High School

Rockport, MA

Mirela Tadic

Everett High School

Everett, MA

Catherine Van Amburgh

Fitchburg High School

Fitchburg, MA

Anthony Vitale

Peabody Veterans Memorial High School

Peabody, MA

Abigail Warren

Littleton High School

Littleton, MA

David Russell Weiss-Irwin

Commonwealth School

Medford, MA

Hilary Wiggins

Norwell High School

Norwell, MA

Elizabeth Williams

King Philip Regional High School

Norfolk, MA

Dianna Willms

Minuteman Regional High School

Arlington, MA

Joseph Wisialko

Westwood High School

Westwood, MA

Kelly Wolohan

Holyoke High School

Holyoke, MA

Chou Yang

Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School

North Attleboro, MA

Hakeem Yaya

Urban Science Academy

Dorchester, MA

Kumail Zaidi

Match Charter Public High School

Cambridge, MA

Amanda Zaniewski

Notre Dame Academy

Weymouth, MA

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