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Comcast Awards $66,000 In Scholarships To Virginia High School Seniors

RICHMOND, Va., May 24, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Comcast Foundation, founded in 1999 to provide charitable support to its local communities and to empower and enrich lives, is awarding 57 Virginia 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 Virginia Secretary of Education Laura Fornash and other officials, recognized the students at a special event held yesterday at the State Capitol in Richmond.  Fifty-six of the 2013 Virginia Leaders and Achievers recipients received $1,000 scholarships. In addition, Alseny Diawara of Wakefield High School in Arlington 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 $66,000 awarded this year to Virginia high school seniors.  After a prize drawing, two students were also given iPads to use at college.

"I thank Comcast for its commitment to helping students across the Commonwealth to succeed in the classroom and prepare for the future," said Fornash. "These students should be very proud of their accomplishments."

"Comcast is dedicated to providing opportunities for young people to build the skills needed to excel in a highly competitive, technology-driven workforce," said Tom Coughlin, regional senior vice president for Comcast. "We are pleased to recognize these students for their achievements, and commend them for the leadership role they play in their schools and communities."

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 Virginia SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS (by County or Independent City where the high school is located):

Albemarle County Brandie Quarles of Western Albemarle High School

Alexandria Mehma Chugani of T.C. Williams High School Bridget Thompson of St. Stephen's and St. Agnes School

Arlington Ford Avery of Washington-Lee High School Alseny Diawara of Wakefield High School Jennifer Frey of H-B Woodlawn High School Osmar Trejo of Arlington Mill High School Continuation Program

Campbell County Jessica Wilson of Brookville High School

Caroline County Jazmine Shaw of Caroline High School

Charles City County Kayla Otey of Charles City High School

Charlottesville Jamar Pierre-Louis of Charlottesville High School

Chesterfield County Scott Campolongo of Monacan High School Danielle Ebelle of Meadowbrook High School Brent Frost of Matoaca High School Skye Hagood of Thomas Dale High School Jordan Holland of Holland Home School Ebonee Valdiri of Lloyd C. Bird High School

Colonial Heights Thompson Rowe of Colonial Heights High School

Danville Deana Forbes of George Washington High School Cecilia Yeager of Galileo Magnet High School

Dinwiddie County Cassandra Casas of Dinwiddie High School

Greensville County Amber Ellis of Greensville County High School

Henrico County Selmira Avdic of Douglas S. Freeman High School Caitlin Daughtry of Mills E. Godwin High School Ashley Edwards of Hermitage High School Chanel James of Highland Springs High School Jessica Lee of J.R. Tucker High School Despina Mason of Varina High School Joseph Edward Real of Henrico High School

Loudoun County Erin Donavan of Stone Bridge High School Jeffrey Hemby of Woodgrove High School Amani Kirk of Potomac Falls High School McKinna Pace of Briar Woods High School Karol Rodriguez of Broad Run High School

Madison County Alexis Smith of Madison County High School

Manassas Park Paula-Bianca Cruz of Manassas Park High School

Montgomery County Jessica Vance of Blacksburg High School

Petersburg Quanesha Knight of Petersburg High School

Prince George County Justice Evans of Prince George High School

Prince William County Sarai Arbus of Battlefield High School Andrew Miller of Stonewall Jackson High School Oluwatoni Ojomo of Potomac High School Olivia Smith of Osbourn High School

Richmond Chloe Burch of Thomas Jefferson High School Logan Harris of St. Catherine's School Anna Jackson of Saint Gertrude High School Aleisha Jones of Armstrong High School James McVey of St. Christopher's School Chyann Mealy of Franklin Military Academy David Wilson of Grove Avenue Baptist Christian School John Ziegler of Maggie L. Walker Governor's School for Government and International Studies 

Salem Kristin Calilung of Salem High School

Smyth County Joshua Dolinger of Chilhowie High School

Spotsylvania County Emilie Hill of Massaponax High School McKenzie Livesay of Riverbend High School

Sussex County Edward Artis of Sussex Central High School

Winchester Rebecca Ramdass of John Handley High School

About Comcast CorporationComcast 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 for more information.

About the Comcast FoundationThe 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 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

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