Comcast Leaders and Achievers Program Awards Nearly $2 Million to High School Seniors Nationwide
The Comcast Foundation announced today that it has awarded approximately $2 million in college scholarships through the Comcast Leaders and Achievers® Scholarship Program to nearly 2,000 high school seniors across the U.S. for the 2014-2015 school year. Each year, Comcast works with principals and guidance counselors to recognize the best and the brightest high school seniors for their community service, academic performance and leadership skills.
This year, 52 percent of the students come from diverse backgrounds, including 18 percent African American, 14 percent Hispanic, 12 percent Asian and 4.5 percent multiracial. Since the inception of the Comcast Leaders and Achievers Program in 2000, more than $21.6 million in scholarships has been awarded to approximately 21,000 deserving students to use toward their pursuit of a higher education.
"These scholarship winners have demonstrated exemplary leadership skills in both the classroom and in their communities and have served as models for their fellow students," said Charisse R. Lillie, Vice President of Community Investment for Comcast Corporation and President of the Comcast Foundation. "We are proud to help support them as they continue on their educational journey."
Jeremy Garriga, a recent graduate of County Prep High School in Jersey City, N.J., was recently awarded a $10,000 scholarship during a Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship celebration at the New Jersey State Museum.
"My oldest brother just graduated from law school and my parents are now putting my other brother and me through college because it is important to them that we further our education. That’s a lot of money that they have to pay themselves. Thanks to the Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship, they don’t have to worry as much about finances," said Garriga, who plans to study molecular biology at Seton Hall University.
The Comcast Leaders and Achievers philosophy is to give young people every opportunity to be prepared for the future, to engage youth in their communities so they develop a sense of citizenship and to demonstrate the value placed on civic involvement by the business community.
To learn more about the Comcast Leaders and Achievers program, visit the Comcast Leaders and Achievers Facebook page.