Comcast Awards $84,000 In Scholarships To 75 New Jersey High School Seniors

Comcast Leaders and Achievers® Scholarship Program Recognizes New Jersey Students for their Academic Achievement and Community Service

May 20, 2015, 15:17 ET from Comcast Cable from ,Comcast Foundation

TRENTON, N.J., May 20, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The Comcast Foundation announced the 2015 recipients of its annual Leaders and Achievers® Scholarship Program awards in New Jersey. 

Comcast, joined by New Jersey Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno and other government officials, recognized the students at a special event held Tuesday at the Trenton War Memorial. All of the 2015 New Jersey Leaders and Achievers recipients received $1,000 scholarships except for Matthew Molnar of Washington Township High School in Sewell, NJ, who was awarded 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 also received iPad Minis for use at college.

"The most successful people in all walks of life understand the importance of service, of giving back to their community and leaving it better than they found it.  The seeds of this civic-mindedness are planted in our youth, and we see it firsthand in the exceptional young people we honor this evening," said Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno.  "Whatever path you choose in the years ahead, I urge you to never lose your passion for service.  Take today's honor and build upon it in college and throughout your professional career. Continue to inspire and, above all, continue to lead by example."

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.

"Our Leaders and Achievers Scholarship winners exemplify leadership and are committed to academic excellence and community service," said Charisse R. Lillie, President of the Comcast Foundation and Vice President, Community Investment of Comcast Corporation. "We are honored to recognize their achievements, and excited to support them as they continue their educational journeys."

To date, Comcast has awarded more than $22.8 million to nearly 23,000 Leaders and Achievers Scholarship winners.

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2015 Comcast Leaders and Achievers® Scholarship Winners from New Jersey:
SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS (by County where student resides)

Gabrielle Hoang of Egg Harbor Township High School
Gabrielle Christiansen of St. Joseph Regional High School
Rachel Rha of Mainland Regional High School
John Kolnik of St. Augustine Preparatory School

Tasneem Tawfeek of Henry P. Becton Regional High School

Nicole Higginbotham of Burlington Township High School
Jenny Le of Cinnaminson High School
Joselette Lim of Northern Burlington County Regional High School
Lauren Williams of Delran High School
Senam Dorku of Burlington County Institute of Technology
Anna Convery of Riverside High School

Jessica Chambers of Audubon High School
Aniah Ames of Charles E. Brimm Medical Arts School
Zana Lee of Camden Academy Charter High
Zachary Onorato of Cherry Hill High School West
Victoria Adeleke of Timber Creek Regional High School
Miranda Labbree of Gloucester City Junior-Senior High School
Julia Fonshell of Haddonfield Memorial High School
Chauncey Smith of Lindenwold High School
Kevin Canlas of Pennsauken High School
Ebbia Watkins of Gloucester Township Technical High School

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Monica Powers of Cape May County Technical High School
Dinae DeMayo of Wildwood High School

Zarin Holmes of Bridgeton High School
Caroline Jorgenson of Cumberland Regional High School
Sara Penka of Millville Senior High School

Nina Rosella of Mount Saint Dominic Academy
Abdul Fraser of East Orange Campus High School
Geonna Moore of Immaculate Conception High School
Emily Shapiro of James Caldwell High School
Tiffany Canjura of West Orange High School

Francesco Gaetano of Delsea Regional High School
Gabrielle Bing of Gloucester County Institute of Technology
Matthew Molnar of Washington Township High School
Grace Kresge of West Deptford High School
Laura Oliveto of Williamstown High School
William Norris of Gateway Regional High School

Anuroop Alberts of William L. Dickinson High School
Symone Cameron of St. Anthony High School
Elodie Offord of Hudson Catholic Regional High School
David Rodriguez of University Academy Charter School at New Jersey City University

William Passera of Voorhees High School

Eashwayne Haughton of Ewing High School
Maria Lucci of MCVS Sypek Center Vocational School
Sneha Rangu of MCVS Assunpink Center Vocational School

Samaria Walker-Raeford of Carteret High School
Patrick Farrell of JFK Memorial High School
Holly DeLair of South Plainfield High School
Victoria Gasparowicz of Woodbridge High School

Victoria Cattelona of Long Branch High School
Andrew Molina of Freehold High School
Elijah Rodriguez of Christian Brothers Academy
Amanda Paton of Mater Dei Prep
Kaitlin Rogers of Red Bank Catholic

Erica D'Costa of Moorestown Friends School

Marisa Patella of Brick Township High School
Stephanie Gulino of Performing Arts Academy
Anne Rose of Lacey Township High School
Christopher Lietz of Manchester Township High School
Katherine Chauca of Point Pleasant Boro High School
Rachel Diglio of Ocean County Vocational-Technical High School
Catherine Goodyear of Msgr. Donovan High School

Brittany Burns of Arthur P. Schalick High School
Adam Dodds of Salem High School

Anuja Menon of Hillsborough High School
Stephanie Tu of Franklin High School

Kyle Brackman of Governor Livingston High School
Lucas Gallo of Arthur L. Johnson High School
Ugonna Amaechi of Plainfield High School
Joshua Valente of Roselle Park High School
Alexander Mirabella of Union County Academy for Information Technology
Vito Sista of Jonathan Dayton Regional High School
Julianne Smolyn of Summit High School
Dominique Little of Union High School

Donald Shoemaker of Hackettstown High School

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