Comcast NBCUniversal awarded $53,000 in scholarships for the 2018-19 school year to 44 Connecticut students as part of its annual Leaders and Achievers® Scholarship Program. The program, funded by the Comcast Foundation, is a one-time, $1,000 scholarship awarded to the best and brightest high school seniors for their community service, academic performance and leadership skills.
“Our Leaders and Achievers Scholarship winners are exceptional students who are committed to academic excellence and community service,” said Michael Parker, senior vice president of Comcast’s Western New England Region, which is headquartered in Connecticut. “We are honored to recognize their achievements and excited to support them as they continue their educational journeys.”
Comcast, joined by several elected officials, including Speaker of the House Aresimowicz, State Representative Rob Sampson, State Representative William Petit, State Senator Paul Formica, State Senator Joan Hartley, and State Senator Doug McCrory, recognized the students at a special event held at Connecticut State Capitol today.
One student, Kevin Ruiz, a resident of New London and student at New London High School was selected to receive an additional $9,000 Comcast Founders Scholarship – instituted in honor of Ralph J. Roberts, Founder and Chairman Emeritus of Comcast Corporation.
The Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Program provides scholarships to students who strive to achieve their full 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.
Since 2002, Comcast has awarded over $700,000 in Leaders and Achievers Scholarships to more than 600 students in Connecticut. To date, Comcast has awarded more than $28 million in scholarships to nearly 27,000 students nationwide. Visit here to learn more.