ANNAPOLIS, Md., March 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- 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 7 th 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 Maryland SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS (by County where the high school is located): Anne Arundel 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 Baltimore City Kimberly Davis of Reginald F. Lewis High School Stephanie DeRoose of Mercy High School Nijah Dukes of Academy for College and Career Exploration High School Damisha Hazelton of Paul Laurence Dunbar High School Paige Hernandez of Augusta Fella Savage Institute of Visual Arts High School Shanquel Holmon of Patterson High School Devin Isaac-Jackson of Forest Park Senior High School Rayquise Jackson of Cristo Rey Jesuit High School Shaquana Jackson of National Academy Foundation School Samierra Jones of Baltimore Renaissance Academy Anuj Khandelwal of The Gilman School Tevin Lawrence of The REACH! Partnership School Jessica Mahla of The Catholic High School of Baltimore Jordan Nnabugwu of Coppin Academy High School Glory Onuoha of Western High School Takeyra Pitts of Benjamin Franklin High School at Masonville Cove Jaida Scarborough of Digital Harbor High School Gurmani Singh of Bryn Mawr School Glen Smith of Baltimore School for the Arts Samantha Speight of Edmonson Westside High School Barellie Thompson of W.E.B. DuBois High School Deandra Wells of Vivien T. Thomas Medical Arts Academy Shakeem White of Merganthaler Technical High School Devin Wright of Saint Frances Academy Baltimore County Noah Abramowitz of Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School in Baltimore Olivia Adams of Pikesville High School Miguel Auro Almario of New Town High School in Owings Mills Mina Al-Salihi of Eastern Tech High School in Essex Deanie Anyangwe of Parkville High School Amanda Becker of Loch Raven High School in Baltimore Kelly Berkemeier of Kenwood High School in Essex Minwei Cao of Dulaney High School in Timonium Brandi Davis of Patapsco High School in Baltimore Gabrielle Durant of New Mark of Excellence School in Windsor Mill Khaoula Ennajhi of Dundalk High School in Baltimore Zachary Friedman of Owings Mills High School Kyndale Green-Lyles of Western School of Technology in Baltimore Alan Horst of Overlea High School in Baltimore Victoria Lizardo of Chesapeake High School in Baltimore Khadijah McIntyre of Randallstown High School Tyler Naunton of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel High School in Baltimore Jasmine Wise of Millford Mill Academy in Baltimore Audrea Wright of Sollers Point Technical High School in Baltimore Calvert Malaysia Johnson of Calvert High School in Prince Frederick Caroline Sarah Holt of Caroline Career & Technology Center in Ridgley Carroll Michael Hernandez of Gerstell Academy in Finksburg Mackenzie Murray of Westminster Senior High School Cecil Diana Curtis of Bohemia Manor High School in Chesapeake City Charles Sarah LeBarron of La Plata High School Andrew Lohr of North Point High School for Science, Technology & Industry in Waldorf Nakoyia Price of Maurice J. McDonough High School in Pomfret Hannah Trimble of Thomas Stone High School in Waldorf Frederick Melissa Rifkin of Governor Thomas Johnson High School Garrett Sara Jones of Southern Garrett High School in Oakland Howard Sade Ayinde of Long Reach High School in Columbia Nathanael Haase of Wilde Lake High School in Columbia Kiran Martin of Howard High School in Ellicott City Marcos Miranda of Reservoir High School in Fulton Foluke Tuakli of River Hill High School in Clarksville Montgomery Valerie Acker of Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda Joanna Marie Aguilar of Seneca Valley High School in Germantown Tiara Beatty of Northwest High School in Germantown Indira Bhatia of Sherwood High School in Sandy Spring Alfredo Colina of Gaithersburg High School Lydia Curdts of James Hubert Blake High School in Colesville Ryan Dunlow of Our Lady of Good Counsel High School in Olney Luis Gomez of Northwood High School in Silver Spring Ashley Gutierrez Ayala of Don Bosco Cristo Rey High School in Takoma Park Sohini Kundu of Quince Orchard High School in Gaithersburg Van Ha Le of Albert Einstein High School in Kensington Zhi Xiang Lin of Rockville High School Rohini Manickam of Poolesville High School James Manjo of Col. Zadok Magruder High School in Bethesda Eli Marks of Walter Johnson High School in Bethesda Victoria Ngo of Clarksburg High School Ruth Orevba of Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School in Bethesda Jordan Perry of Richard Montgomery High School in Rockville Erin Pruitt of The Lab School of Washington, in Washington, D.C. Elena Robles of Wheaton High School in Silver Spring Hilary Yeboah of Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring Prince George's Janet Adelola of Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Greenbelt Alexis Alvarez of Bishop McNamara High School in Forestville Ahmad Ashkar of Bladensburg High School Jamaal Brown of Potomac High School in Oxon Hill Charisse Carter of Oxon Hill High School Maria Centeno of Lanham Christian School Keisha Daughtry of Riverdale Baptist School in Upper Marlboro Asa DeShields of Central High School in Capitol Heights Dejuan Hodge of New Hope Academy in Landover Hills Jamila Mitchell of Laurel High School Brittany Saunders of High Point High School in Beltsville Christian Thomas of Dr. Henry A. Wise Jr. High School in Upper Marlboro Joshua Wilcox of Fairmont Heights High School in Capitol Heights Worcester Zachary Dix of Worcester Technical High School in Newark 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 — promoting community service, expanding digital literacy, and building tomorrow's leaders. Since its inception, the Comcast Foundation has donated over $116 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. 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