18 Connecticut High School Seniors Receive $45K in Scholarships from Comcast’s Leaders and Achievers Program

Comcast NBCUniversal has awarded $45,000 in scholarships for the 2020-2021 school year to 18 Connecticut students as part of its annual Leaders and Achievers® Scholarship Program. Students are selected for their outstanding community service, academic performance, and leadership skills. The award, funded by the Comcast NBCUniversal Foundation, is a one-time, $2,500 scholarship to be used toward undergraduate education-related expenses. Since 2001, more than $34 million has been awarded to about 30,000 high school seniors across the country as part of the Leaders and Achievers program, including $800,000 to nearly 670 students in Connecticut.

“Congratulations to the Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship award winners,” said Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont. “I appreciate that this scholarship recognizes academic achievement, leadership and community service, as these are important principles for success in college and beyond. I wish these students all the best on their journey.”

“We are honored to recognize the amazing achievements of our Leaders and Achievers scholarship winners and to help them further their education,” said Dennis Mathew, Senior Vice President of Comcast’s Western New England Region, which is headquartered in Connecticut. “They are top achievers in academics, leaders in the community and leaders among their peers. They represent our future, and Comcast NBCUniversal is proud to support them.”

The Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Program recognizes high school seniors for their community service, academic performance, and leadership skills. These scholarships are provided to give young people the opportunity to continue their education to better compete in tomorrow’s workplace. Applicants to the Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Program must demonstrate academic excellence, commitment to community service, and outstanding qualities in character, integrity, and leadership.

When asked what community service meant to them, Elicia Colon from Bloomfield High School said that, “Community service is a way to give back to my village – a way of honoring those who helped me to become the person I am today.”

Marc D’Almeida from New Britain High School added, “Many pivotal moments of my life have been because of those that chose to help me. Community service means the opportunity for me to be a resource and give back to the world.”

The students who received this year’s scholarship are:

Student Name Hometown High School
Syed Ali New Britain CREC Academy of Science and Innovation
Arie Bethea Windsor Windsor High School
Lillian Bierwirth Berlin Berlin High School
Mary Elizabeth Butler North Haven North Haven High School
Faiza Chowdhury Ansonia Ansonia High School
Elicia Colon Bloomfield Bloomfield High School
Marc D’Almeida New Britain New Britain High School
Ava Labella Middletown Mercy High School
Francesca Ledoux New London New London High School
Shanice Martin Waterbury Waterbury Career Academy
Khushi Patel Old Saybrook Old Saybrook Senior High School
Jithu Sajeevan Bristol Bristol Central High School
Mayra Vasquez Hartford Classical Magnet School
Jocelyn Villacreses Danbury Danbury High School
Lily Vining Wallingford Lyman Hall High School
Paul Waweru Hartford Avon High School
Ashaureah Williams East Hartford CREC Academy of Science and Innovation
Jacquelyn Yorker East Hampton East Hampton High School

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