The Comcast Foundation, founded in 1999 to provide charitable support to its local communities and to empower and enrich lives, has awarded 45 Connecticut high school seniors scholarships through its annual Leaders and Achievers® Scholarship Program. The program, one of the Comcast Foundation’s signature community investment programs, recognizes students’ leadership skills, academic achievement and commitment to community service.
Comcast, joined by government and elected officials, recently recognized John Mastroianni out of the forty-four of the 2013 Connecticut Leaders and Achievers recipients receiving $1,000 scholarships at the Connecticut State Capital. One student, Dionne Parker, a resident of Waterbury and student at Sacred Heart High School, was selected to receive a $10,000 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.
“Comcast works to provide future leaders with opportunities to succeed in higher education and, eventually, the competitive job market,” said Mary McLaughlin, senior vice president of Comcast’s Western New England Region, which includes Connecticut. “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 2002, Comcast has awarded a total of $440,000 in Leaders & Achievers Scholarships to 408 students in Connecticut. Since the program’s inception, more than $17.7 million in scholarship money has been presented to more than 17,000 scholarship winners nationwide.