Comcast NBCUniversal Awards $54,000 in Scholarships to 45 Connecticut High School Seniors
HARTFORD, Conn., May 31, 2016
Comcast NBCUniversal today announced that it has awarded $54,000 in scholarships for the 2016-17 school year to 45 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 exemplify leadership and 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 Connecticut elected officials including State Senator John Fonfara (D-Hartford), State Senator Tony Guglielmo (R-Stafford), State Representative Devin Carney (R-23), and Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin, recognized the students at a special event held at the Connecticut State Capitol today. The 45 recipients each received $1,000 scholarships. One student, Omaniel Ortiz, a resident of Hartford and student at A. I. Prince Technical 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. In total, Comcast awarded $54,000 worth of scholarships in Connecticut this year.
Since 2002, Comcast has awarded over $600,000 in Leaders & Achievers Scholarships to almost 550 students in Connecticut. To date, Comcast has awarded more than $25 million in scholarships to approximately 25,000 students nationwide.
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.
About Comcast Corporation
Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA) is a global media and technology company with two primary businesses, Comcast Cable and NBCUniversal. Comcast Cable is one of the nation’s largest video, high-speed Internet and phone providers to residential customers under the XFINITY brand and also provides these services to businesses. NBCUniversal operates news, entertainment and sports cable networks, the NBC and Telemundo broadcast networks, television production operations, television station groups, Universal Pictures and Universal Parks and Resorts.
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—expanding digital literacy, promoting service, and building tomorrow’s leaders. Since its inception, the Comcast Foundation has donated more than $176 million to organizations in the communities nationwide that Comcast serves.