The Comcast Foundation, founded in 1999 to provide charitable support to its local communities and to empower and enrich lives, has awarded $1,000 scholarships toBrittany Bolick of Chancellor High School and Greer Kane of Massaponax High School 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 Attorney General of Virginia Mark Herring, recognized 59 students at a special event held Thursday at the Virginia State Capitol. Fifty-eight of the 2014 Virginia Leaders and Achievers recipients received $1,000 scholarships. Keonna Knight, a senior at Richmond Community High School, 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 $68,000 awarded this year to Virginia high school students. After a prize drawing, two students were also given iPads to use at college.
"Each of these deserving students earned their scholarship by displaying a strong commitment to both the classroom and their community," said Attorney General Herring. "Higher education can open doors of economic opportunity and keeps our Commonwealth competitive in a global economy. With the support of their community, including partners like Comcast, these young people's dreams can become a reality."
“In today’s high-tech businesses, advanced education and training are more important than ever,” added Donna Rattley Washington, Comcast’s regional vice president of government and community affairs. “Comcast is dedicated to helping students succeed so they can go on to deliver the next great innovation. We applaud this year’s outstanding scholarship winners and are excited to see them take the next step in their academic journeys.”
The Comcast Leaders and Achievers® Scholarship Program provides $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 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.
To date, Comcast has awarded more than $21.6 million to nearly 21,000 Leaders and Achievers Scholarship winners.
The Comcast Leaders and Achievers® Scholarship Program is one of the many ways that Comcast gives back to the communities we serve. Click here to learn more.