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
grant. Twenty-five of the winning students were also given a personal notebook computer to use at college, and Comcast distributed two additional
scholarships for a total of
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
from Sequoia High School in
from Olivehurst High School near
each won Comcast Founders Scholarships of
-- instituted in honor of
Ralph J. Roberts
, Founder and Chairman Emeritus of Comcast Corporation.
will be attending
San Jose State University
to study computer engineering, while
will study medicine at
The students and their families also received a tour of the State Capitol. For a complete list of
2013 Comcast Leaders and Achievers® Scholarship recipients, visit:
"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
, 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
best and brightest young people," said
, 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
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
Comcast Founders Scholarships were announced. A televised version of the ceremony can be viewed on Comcast Hometown Network (Channel 104 on Comcast systems throughout
) 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
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
to nearly 19,000 Leaders and Achievers Scholarship winners. Connect with the scholarship winners at
. Explore and "like" Comcast in the community at
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
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.