Comcast Awards $38,000 In Scholarships To 29 New Hampshire Students

Graduating High School Seniors Recognized for Academic Achievement and Community Service

Jun 05, 2013, 14:15 ET from Comcast Cable

CONCORD, N.H., June 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Comcast Foundation, founded in 1999 to provide charitable support to its local communities and to empower and enrich lives, today announced the 2013 recipients of 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.

New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan, who assisted Comcast's Chris Hodgdon in awarding the scholarships at the State House earlier today, praised good corporate citizens like Comcast.  Twenty-eight of the 2013 New Hampshire Leaders and Achievers recipients received $1,000 scholarships and one lucky student was awarded a $10,000 Comcast Founders Scholarship –instituted in honor of Ralph J. Roberts, Founder and Chairman Emeritus of Comcast Corporation – for a total of $38,000 awarded in New Hampshire this year.

"By investing in higher education for our young people, the Comcast Foundation is helping to strengthen our communities," Governor Hassan said. "The people of New Hampshire are grateful for the Comcast Foundation's work and proud of the 29 Granite State high school seniors awarded with this year's Leaders and Achievers Scholarship. Their leadership, academic achievement and commitment to their communities underscore our state's bright future, and we look forward to all that they will accomplish."

"Each year, we are excited to award Leaders and Achievers scholarships to talented and deserving students in New Hampshire who demonstrate leadership in school activities and reflect a strong commitment to community service," said Chris Hodgdon, senior director of government affairs for Comcast in New Hampshire.  "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."

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 the value placed on civic involvement by the business community.

Local winners throughout New Hampshire have participated in a wide variety of community service activities, such as volunteering at Boys & Girls Clubs, Easter Seals and the Girl Scouts. 

Since the program's inception there have been over 19,000 scholarship winners totaling more than $19 million.  A list of the scholarship recipients in New Hampshire is detailed below.

About the Comcast Foundation
The Comcast Foundation was founded by Comcast Corporation in June 1999 to provide charitable support to qualified nonprofit organizations. The Foundation primarily invests in programs intended to have a positive, sustainable impact on their communities.  The Foundation has three community investment priorities—expanding digital literacy, promoting community service and building tomorrow's leaders. Since its inception, the Comcast Foundation has donated more than $125 million to organizations in the communities nationwide that Comcast serves. More information about the Foundation and its programs is available at

2013 New Hampshire Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Recipients


High School


McKenzie Bonnette

Hinsdale Sr. High School

Hinsdale, NH

Alexander Chase

Newmarket Junior/Senior High School

Newmarket, NH

Aaron Cherry

Newport Middle High School (High)

Newport, NH

Elizabeth Conway

Manchester Central High School

Manchester, NH

Robert Cueva

Bishop Guertin High School

Bedford, NH

Jill Daigneau

Souhegan High School

Amherst, NH

Slattery Donohoe

Hopkinton High School

Contoocook, NH

Kayli Ennis

Belmont High School

Canterbury, NH

Tristan Evarts

Faye Lane School

Londonderry, NH

Ellen Garnett

Exeter High School

Exeter, NH

Kimberly Gendron

Portsmouth Christian Academy

Hampton, NH

Rebecca Gibson

Milford High School

Milford, NH

Leo Hastings

Keene High School

Keene, NH

Kristen Hearn

Tri-City Christian Academy

Farmington, NH

Haley Hutchings

Dover Senior High School

Dover, NH

Aven La Rosa

Timberlane Regional High School

Atkinson, NH

Chloe Lesieur

Portsmouth High School

Rye, NH

Kimberly Luttik

Nashua Christian Academy & High School

Nashua, NH

Dylan (Krishna) Mahalingam

Pinkerton Academy

Derry, NH

Mishelle Martin

Nashua High School South

Nashua, NH

Hari Nath

Salem High School

Salem , NH

Emily Olson

Bishop Brady High School

Goffstown, NH

Jacob Pantazis

Manchester Memorial High School

Manchester, NH

Derik Paquette

Trinity High School

Hooksett, NH

Nicholas Peters

Concord Christian School

Concord, NH

Stefan Rajkovic

Manchester West High School

Manchester, NH

Kirsten Salois

Pelham High School

Pelham, NH

Christopher Sanborn

Mascoma Valley Regional High School

Orange, NH

Gabrielle Yahnian

Holy Family Academy

Auburn, NH

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