Comcast Awards $92,000 In Scholarships To New Jersey High School Seniors

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

May 16, 2012, 12:05 ET from Comcast Cable

TRENTON, N.J., May 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Comcast Foundation, founded in 1999 to provide charitable support to its local communities and to empower and enrich lives, is awarding 83 New Jersey high school seniors $1,000 scholarships through its annual Leaders and Achievers® Scholarship Program.  One of the Comcast Foundation's signature community investment programs, Leaders & Achievers recognizes students' leadership skills, academic achievement and commitment to community service.

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Comcast officials were joined by New Jersey Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno and state legislators in recognizing the students at a special event held Tuesday at the Trenton War Memorial.

Comcast also awarded Adeima Ibanga, of Charles E. Brimm Medical Arts High School in Camden, 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. 

"In the state of New Jersey, we are committed to helping our young people gain access to quality education and opportunities for personal success," said Lt. Governor Guadagno. "Comcast shares in that commitment and through programs like Leaders and Achievers, is investing in a bright future for us all."

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

About Comcast  

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2012 Comcast Leaders and Achievers® Scholarship Winners from New Jersey

(83 New Jersey high school seniors - each student receives a $1,000 grant)

SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS: (alphabetically by county and then by city where school is located)


Atlantic City – Melissa Do of Atlantic City High School
Galloway TownshipLauren Lombardi of Absegami High School
RichlandKyle Kunze of Saint Augustine Prep


Wallington - Kenneth Delgado of Wallington Junior/Senior High School


BordentownPhuong Huynh of Bordentown Regional High School
BurlingtonKeyanna Wigglesworth of Burlington Township High School
CinnaminsonAmanda Weiler of Cinnaminson High School
Columbus – Jessie-Mara Trespeses of Northern Burlington County High School
Delran – Samantha Hunter of Delran High School
MoorestownAlea Couch of Moorestown Friends School
Mount HollyCheryl Thompson-Morton of Burlington County Institute of Technology
PembertonTabitha Betts of Pemberton Township High School
RiversideKimberly Snow of Riverside High School
WillingboroAdetola Ajayi of Willingboro High School


Camden - Adeima Ibanga of Charles E. Brimm Medical Arts High School
Cherry HillLynn Juan of Cherry Hill High School
ErialMichael Strauch of Timber Creek Regional High School
Gloucester CityLauren Marchese of Gloucester City High School
Haddon HeightsWilliam Glaser of Haddon Heights High School
Haddonfield – Eric Acchitelli of Paul VI Catholic High School
LindenwoldJeniffer Caba of Lindenwold High School
Pine HillMarnice Davis of Overbrook Regional High School
SicklervilleAdan Lazo of Gloucester Township Technical High School
Voorhees – Unnati Amin of Eastern Senior High School
WestmontKaitlyn Brendlinger of Haddon Township High School

Cape May

Cape MayTaryn McCullough of Lower Cape May Regional High School
Cape MayBethany Sneathen of Cape May County Technical High School
Wildwood – Michael DeMayo of Wildwood High School


BridgetonNadia Albino of Bridgeton High School
MillvilleMichael Cirocco of Millville Senior High School
VinelandRachel Gavigan of Sacred Heart High School


Irvington – Brittany Newby of Irvington High School
MaplewoodEmily Nocito of Columbia High School
Montclair – Benjamin Lusamba of Immaculate Conception High School
Montclair – Aidan Kaplan of Montclair High School
North CaldwellSteven Czachor of West Essex Regional High School
West CaldwellBriana Hayden of James Caldwell High School
West OrangeCarly Cooperstein of West Orange High School


Clayton – Mark Sharp of Clayton High School
DeptfordChaeyoung Kim of Deptford Township High School
FranklinvilleKelly Hughes of Delsea Regional High School
Harrison – Lisbeth Pineda of Harrison High School
SewellCarl Archut of Gloucester County Institute of Technology
SewellNicole Sandelier of Washington Township high School
WoodburyMichael Saridakis of Woodbury Senior High School
Woolwich TownshipJanelle Wellons of Kingsway Regional High School


Jersey CityDavid Brown of Saint Anthony High School
Jersey CityToni-Anne Fajardo of Saint Dominic Academy
Jersey CityLeena Agrawal of Dr. Ronald McNair Academy
Kearny – Stephanie Murphy of Kearny High School


AnnandaleShannon Lane of North Hunterdon High School
Glen GardnerMariana Guzman Marquez of Voorhees High School


Ewing – David Bamber of Ewing High School
Pennington – Alex Marut of McVs Sypek Center Vocational School
PrincetonLena Sun of Princeton High School
Trenton – Victoria Trimble of McVs Assunpink Vocational School
West WindsorJeffrey Yu of West Windsor/Plainsboro High School South


Carteret – Khadijah Davis of Carteret High School
East BrunswickAdam Horowitz of East Brunswick High School
Plainsboro – Vikram Kesavabhotla of West Windsor/Plainsboro High School North


HazletJennifer DelRe of Raritam High School
Highlands – Monisha Sugla of Marine Academy of Science & Technology
Lincroft – Andrea D'Souza of High Technology High School
Long BranchJoseph Moure of Long Branch High School


MendhamMark Zimmerman of West Morris Mendham High School


Brick – Gianna Cusanelli of Brick Township Memorial High School
Lanoka HarborKyle McGuire of Lacey Township High School
ManchesterDaniel McLaughlin of Manchester Township High School
Point PleasantTori Remondelli of Point Pleasant Borough High School
Toms RiverNicholas Montesano of Toms River High School North
Toms RiverKelsey Arnone of Toms River High School East
Toms RiverDanielle Doria of Ocean County Vocational-Technical School


PittsgroveMariah Dennis of Arthur P. Schalick High School
WoodstownShelby McCullough of Woodstown High School


Berkeley HeightsCarolyn Lanza of Governor Livingston High School
Clark – John Ferrentino of Arthur L. Johnson High School
Cranford – Brooke Binder of Cranford High School
New ProvidenceLuke Heisinger of New Providence High School
Scotch PlainsMcKenna Dick of Union Catholic Regional High School
Scotch PlainsShalyn Brangman of Union County Academy for Information Technology
SpringfieldNatalie Davis of Jonathan Dayton Regional High School
Belvidere – Kevin Wheatley of Belvidere High School
HackettstownKayla Gonzalez of Hackettstown High School




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