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 University.
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: http://comcastcalifornia.mediaroom.com/index.php?s=43&item=679
"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 entire state.""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 www.comcast.com/inthecommunity. 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. SOURCE Comcast