You probably know that Comcast is committed to promoting community service and to developing young leaders. But you may not know about the Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship program, that rewards over 1,700 graduating high school seniors every year not just for their academic achievement, but also for their community involvement.

Every year, the Comcast Foundation invites high school principals and guidance counselors across the U.S. to nominate the best, brightest and most engaged high school seniors in their communities. Our winners receive a one-time grant of $1,000 to be used toward their pursuit of higher education. Since 2001, the program has recognized more the 11,500 students around the country and has presented more than $11.5 million in scholarship grants.

Large numbers of winners come – with parents, friends and teachers in tow — to recognition events we hold in various parts of the country.

Students are very proud of these awards. And while a $1,000 scholarship might not seem like a lot to some people, here’s what some recipients have to say about their award:

I just want to say thank you so much for choosing me as a scholarship recipient. I cannot tell you the assistance this money will give me in paying for my future education. I greatly appreciate your help and I hope someday I can provide a scholarship for students as you have done for me. Thanks!"

- Brianna S.

I was very pleased to learn that you selected me as a Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship recipient… Your financial assistance will be very helpful for college next year… Your program has made me more aware of ways that a corporation can support making our communities stronger."

- Matt C.

A simple thank you doesn’t begin to express how thankful I am for the generous gift of money you have given me. You have made one of my biggest dreams become one step closer to reality… It’s my hope that one day I will also help somebody go to college just like you have. You have no idea how much this means to me. This has given me a clear picture of my future education plans as well as my future.

- Patricia V.

My sincere thanks to everyone who reviewed and support my application for scholarship. I promise to give you my best effort in college and beyond, and make you proud to have supported my efforts. With a grateful heart…"

- Ben T.

One of my mentees, Monique F., has just finished a successful freshman year at Howard University in Washington, D.C., and she continues to serve her community. This summer, she is working as a Servant Leader Intern with Philadelphia Freedom Schools. She will be teaching math and reading to lower school students.

Are you a current or former winner of a Leaders and Achievers Scholarship? Have you remained engaged in community service? Bring us up to date by adding a comment below.

If you or someone you know will be a high school senior next year — and if they have good grades (a GPA of 2.8 or higher), a demonstrated commitment to community service and a record of leadership in school or work experience, and live in a Comcast service area — encourage them to talk to the principal or guidance counselor at their school.

Principals and home-school instructors may e-mail to verify school eligibility status and to request program materials.