The Comcast Foundation, founded in 1999 to provide charitable support to its local communities and to empower and enrich lives, is awarding 100 Maryland high school seniors scholarships through its annual Leaders and Achievers® Scholarship Program. The program, one of the Comcast Foundation’s signature community investment initiatives, recognizes students’ leadership skills, academic achievement and commitment to community service.
Comcast, joined by Senator Thomas V. Mike Miller, Jr., President of the Maryland Senate, Dr. Darla Strouse, Executive Director, Office of Partnership Development and Recognition, Maryland State Department of Education, and other government officials, recognized the students at a special event held yesterday at the Historic Inns of Annapolis. Ninety-nine of the 2013 Maryland Leaders and Achievers recipients received $1,000 scholarships. Jordan Nnabugwu of Coppin Academy High School in Baltimore was awarded a $10,000 Comcast Founders Scholarship – instituted in honor of Ralph J. Roberts, Founder and Chairman Emeritus of Comcast Corporation – for a total of $109,000 awarded this year to Maryland high school seniors. After a prize drawing, three students were also given iPads to use at college.
“We value Comcast as a partner in helping students achieve their academic goals,” said Strouse. “I am pleased to join them in recognizing these deserving students for their academic accomplishments, extensive community service and leadership abilities.”
“The very best investment we can make as Marylanders is to help our students reach their academic objectives,” said Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley. “I salute each of the scholarship winners as they attain important milestones in scholarship and community service and wish to thank Comcast for its commitment to our students.”
Elijah Cummings (D-MD), who represents Maryland’s 7th District in the U.S. House of Representatives, said, “I wish to congratulate Jordan Nnabugwu, of Coppin Academy, and all of the scholarship winners on their tremendous achievements and wish them well as they pursue further education. These generous scholarships from Comcast are a testament to their hard work.”
“Comcast works to provide future leaders with opportunities to succeed in higher education and, eventually, the competitive job market,” said Tom Coughlin, regional senior vice president for Comcast. “These students are role models in their communities and at their schools. We commend them for their exceptional achievements, and wish them the very best in their future endeavors.”
The Comcast Leaders and Achievers® Scholarship Program provides one-time $1,000 scholarships to students who strive to achieve their 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 be prepared for the future, to engage youth in their communities, and to demonstrate the importance of civic involvement, and the value placed on civic involvement by the business community.
Since the program’s inception, more than $17.7 million in scholarship money has been presented to more than 17,000 scholarship winners nationwide.
2013 Comcast Leaders and Achievers® Scholarship Winners from Anne Arundel County
- Anna Louise Devanny of Severn School in Severna Park
- Anna Levendusky of South River High School in Edgewater
- Jasmyn Mackell of Annapolis High School
- Aarushi Parikh of Arundel High School in Gambrills
- Jonah Sheffield of Broadneck High School in Annapolis
- Raef Youssef of Glen Burnie High School