185 California High School Seniors Receive $205,000 In College Scholarships
Students from Redwood City and Yuba City Win $10,000 Comcast Founders
Scholarships While 25 Seniors Receive New Notebook Computers at State Capitol
NOTE: Downloadable B-Roll footage of Comcast's education event will be
available after 2:30 p.m. (PT) on Wednesday afternoon, June 12th, at this link
SACRAMENTO, Calif., June 12, 2013
SACRAMENTO, Calif., June 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Comcast (Nasdaq: CMCSA)
joined with hundreds of students and their families in a celebration of
education on the steps of the California State Capitol today, announcing the
185 California high school seniors who have won a 2013 Comcast Leaders and
Achievers® Scholarship, and then presented each student attendee with their
individual $1,000 grant. Twenty-five of the winning students were also given
a personal notebook computer to use at college, and Comcast distributed two
additional $10,000 scholarships for a total of $205,000 in grants awarded at
the special recognition ceremony. The program, one of the Comcast
Foundation's signature community investment programs, recognizes students'
leadership skills, academic achievement and commitment to community service.
In addition to their $1,000 scholarships, Alejandro Valencia from Sequoia High
School in Redwood City and Marisa Vang from Olivehurst High School near Yuba
City each won Comcast Founders Scholarships of $10,000 -- instituted in honor
of Ralph J. Roberts, Founder and Chairman Emeritus of Comcast Corporation.
Alejandro Valencia will be attending San Jose State University to study
computer engineering, while Marisa Vang will study medicine at Brown
The students and their families also received a tour of the State Capitol.
For a complete list of California's 2013 Comcast Leaders and Achievers®
Scholarship recipients, visit:
"These remarkable young people have not only worked hard, but they have been a
great inspiration to the rest of us along the way," said Tom Torlakson, State
Superintendent of Public Instruction. "These awards are a great example of
how the private sector can benefit students and brighten the future of our
"Each year, we are excited to provide scholarships for some of California's
best and brightest young people," said Hank Fore, Regional Senior Vice
President of Comcast California. "Comcast seeks students who demonstrate
leadership abilities in school activities and who reflect a strong commitment
to community service. These students are our future leaders, and we hope
these scholarships will help to power their dreams for success."
Each student who attended the celebration of education at the capitol received
their $1,000 Comcast Leaders and Achievers® Scholarship from their local
legislators or Comcast executives. At the conclusion of the ceremony, the 25
winners of the notebook computers and the two winners of the $10,000 Comcast
Founders Scholarships were announced. A televised version of the ceremony can
be viewed on Comcast Hometown Network (Channel 104 on Comcast systems
throughout California) or via Comcast's On Demand platform on Channel 1.
About the Comcast "Leaders And Achiever's® Scholarship Program"
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 nearly $19 million to nearly 19,000 Leaders and
Achievers Scholarship winners. Connect with the scholarship winners at
www.facebook.com/ComcastLeadersandAchievers. Explore and "like" Comcast in the
community at www.facebook.com/WePowerDreams.
Each year, Comcast works with high school principals, guidance counselors and
school administrators to select the scholarship recipients. The Leaders and
Achievers® Scholarship Program is managed by Scholarship Program
Administrators—an independent, not-for-profit organization that manages
corporate and corporate foundation scholarship programs. For more information
on the Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Program, visit
About the Comcast Foundation
The Comcast Foundation was founded by Comcast Corporation in June 1999 to
provide charitable support to qualified nonprofit organizations. The
Foundation primarily invests in programs intended to have a positive,
sustainable impact on their communities. The Foundation has three community
investment priorities—promoting community service, expanding digital literacy,
and building tomorrow's leaders. Since its inception, the Comcast Foundation
has donated more than $123 million to organizations in the communities
nationwide that Comcast serves. More information about the Foundation and its
programs is available at www.comcast.com/community.
Contact: Bryan Byrd, Comcast, +1-916-515-2821, email@example.com
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