TRENTON, N.J., May 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Comcast Foundation, founded in 1999 to provide charitable support to its local communities and to empower and enrich lives, is awarding 73 New Jersey 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 New Jersey Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno and other government officials, recognized the students at a special event held Tuesday at the Trenton War Memorial. 72 of the 2013 New Jersey Leaders and Achievers recipients received $1,000 scholarships. Nicole DeSario from Montgomery Township High School in Skillman, NJ was awarded a $10,000 Comcast Founder's Scholarship - instituted in honor of Ralph J. Roberts, Founder and Chairman Emeritus of Comcast Corporation - for a total of $82,000 awarded this year to New Jersey high school seniors. After a prize drawing, 10 students were also given tablet computers to use at college.
"As a resident of a small shore town, I understand how important civic involvement is to a community," said Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno. "Through their commitment to community service, these student leaders stand as a shining example for the entire Garden State. I commend the Comcast Foundation for recognizing the dedication of these students and the investment Comcast is making in their future."The Comcast Leaders and Achievers® Scholarship Program provides one-time $1000 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. "These students are more than hard workers and academic achievers. They also understand the importance of taking an active role in their communities and giving back," said LeAnn Talbot senior vice president for Comcast's Freedom Region. "We are thrilled to help further the education of this next generation and wish them the very best in their future endeavors." Since the program's inception, nearly $19 million in scholarship money has been presented to more than 19,000 scholarship winners nationwide. 2013 Comcast Leaders and Achievers® Scholarship Winners from New Jersey: SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS (by County where the high school is located) Atlantic Egg Harbor Township – Omolola Agabalogun of Egg Harbor Township High School Richland – Kevin Houser of Saint Augustine Prep Bergen Rutherford – Dante Phillips of St. Mary High School Burlington Bordentown – Dominique Douthit of Bordentown Regional High School Burlington – Danielle Laing of Burlington City High School Cinnaminson – Erin Staudenmayer of Cinnaminson High School Columbus – Krista Leili-Marazzo of Northern Burlington County High School Mount Holly – Akayla Butler of Burlington County Institute of Technology Riverside – Nicholas Zoppina of Riverside High School Willingboro – Sydney McLaughlin of Willingboro High School Camden Audubon – Mariah Thomas of Audubon High School Camden – Kendall Haskins of Creative Arts Morgan Village Academy Camden – Marcellus Hill of Charles E. Brimm Medical Arts High School Camden – Denisse Sanchez of Camden Academy Charter High School Cherry Hill – Elise Corbett of Camden Catholic High School Cherry Hill – Raymond Horner of Cherry Hill High School West Cherry Hill – Sung Min Oh of Cherry Hill High School East Gloucester City – Nicole Coleman of Gloucester City High School Haddonfield – Sylvia Strauss of Haddonfield Memorial High School Lindenwold – Therese Sinfuego of Lindenwold High School Sicklerville – Carolina Reza of Gloucester Township Technical High School Cape May Cape May Court House – Matthew Powers of Cape May County Technical High School Wildwood – Anthony Madle of Wildwood High School Cumberland Bridgeton – Diana Sandoval of Bridgeton High School Millville – Brooke Deckert of Millville Senior High School Essex East Orange – Kotoyia Miller of East Orange Campus High School Irvington – Nelly Sekyere of Irvington High School Montclair – Samantha Sawh of Immaculate Conception High School Newark – Leo Ricketts of University High School Newark – Kenrick Taylor of Barringer High School West Caldwell – Julie Eller of James Caldwell High School Gloucester Franklinville – Pasquale Carione of Delsea Regional High School Sewell – Andrew Gerber of Washington Township High School Williamstown – Adele Taylor of Williamstown High School Hudson Jersey City – Corayma Guerra of Saint Anthony High School Jersey City – Kennix Lee of Dr. Ronald McNair Academic High School Jersey City – Juan Morales of Liberty High School Jersey City – Meet Shah of William L. Dickinson High School Jersey City – Ziyadah Williams of University Academy Charter School at New Jersey City University Kearny – Noemi Santos of Kearny High School Secaucus – Ryan Nunez of Secaucus High School Hunterdon Annandale – Emily Chen of North Hunterdon High School Glen Gardner – Christina Giordano of Voorhees High School Mercer Ewing – Ronald Hennig of Ewing High School Hightstown – Tyler Switsky of Hightstown High School Pennington – Diana Bartosik of Mcvs Sypek Center Vocational School Trenton – Sydney Ince of Mcvs Assunpink Vocational School Trenton – Barry Johnson of Trenton High School West West Windsor – Erin McElwee of West Windsor/Plainsboro High School South Middlesex East Brunswick – Alaukita Shah of East Brunswick High School Perth Amboy – Heidy Mendez of Perth Amboy High School Plainsboro – Benjamin Zhang of West Windsor-Plainsboro High School North Woodbridge – Daniela Cardona of Woodbridge High School Monmouth Highlands – Stephen Sabatini of Marine Academy of Science & Technology Rumson – Gabriella Minassian of Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School Morris Flanders – Jennie Abat of Mount Olive Township High School Moorestown – Shanelle Jones of Moorestown Friends School Ocean Brick – John Morone of Brick Township High School Brick – Samantha Rioux of Brick Township Memorial High School Toms River – Brandon Karpowich of Toms River High School North Toms River – Chan Budhram of Ocean County Vocational-Technical School Salem Woodstown – Allison Hitchner of Woodstown High School Somerset North Plainfield – Jihad Womack of North Plainfield High School Skillman – Nicole DeSario of Montgomery Township High School Union Berkeley Heights – Marianne Middlebrook of Governor Livingston High School Clark – Christian Alvarado of Arthur L. Johnson High School Plainfield – Chelci Mitchell of Plainfield High School Roselle Park – Parth Patel of Roselle Park High School Springfield – Chris Scalzo of Jonathan Dayton Regional High School Union – Tatiana Oliveira of Union High School Warren Hackettstown – Brandon Rothman of Hackettstown High School Washington – Marisa Gallagher of Warren County Voc-Tech Institute Washington – Pravallika Tadikonda of Warren Hills Regional High School 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 $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. About Comcast Corporation Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) is a global media and technology company with two primary businesses, Comcast Cable and NBCUniversal. Comcast Cable is the nation's largest video, high-speed Internet and phone provider to residential customers under the XFINITY brand and also provides these services to businesses. NBCUniversal operates 30 news and entertainment cable networks, the NBC and Telemundo broadcast networks, television production operations, television station groups, Universal Pictures and Universal Parks and Resorts. Visit www.comcastcorporation.com for more information.