HARRISBURG, Pa., May 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Comcast Foundation, founded in 1999 to provide charitable support to its local communities and to empower and enrich lives, is awarding 163 Pennsylvania high school seniors $1,000 scholarships through its annual Leaders and Achievers® Scholarship Program. The program, one of the Comcast Foundation's signature community investment programs, recognizes students' leadership skills, academic achievement and commitment to community service. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20120502/NE97487 ) Comcast officials were joined by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett and state legislators in recognizing the students at a special event held Tuesday at the State Museum of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg. Comcast also awarded Shealyn Williamson from Allderdice High School in Pittsburgh a $10,000 Comcast Founders Scholarship – instituted in honor of Ralph J. Roberts, Founder and Chairman Emeritus of Comcast Corporation. After a prize drawing, 10 students were also given personal notebook computers to use at college. "I commend the students honored by Comcast today for their hard work and dedication to academics," said Governor Corbett. "Not only have they excelled in the classroom, but they have shown a commitment to making their communities a better place to live. Each one of them makes Pennsylvania proud." 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 its value to the business community. Each year, Comcast works with high school principals, guidance counselors and school administrators to select the scholarship recipients. Since the program's inception there have been over 17,000 scholarship winners totaling more than $17.2 million. "Comcast is proud of its Leaders & Achievers scholarship recipients. They represent some of the best and brightest high school seniors who also demonstrate civic involvement in the communities we serve across the country," said Charisse Lillie, Vice President, Community Investment, Comcast Corporation and President of the Comcast Foundation. "We are thrilled to support their educational efforts with these scholarships." 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 $108 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 Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA) ( www.comcast.com) is one of the nation's leading providers of entertainment, information and communications products and services. Comcast is principally involved in the operation of cable systems through Comcast Cable and in the development, production and distribution of entertainment, news, sports and other content for global audiences through NBCUniversal. Comcast Cable is one of the nation's largest video, high-speed Internet and phone providers to residential and business customers. Comcast is the majority owner and manager of NBCUniversal, which owns and operates entertainment and news cable networks, the NBC and Telemundo broadcast networks, local television station groups, television production operations, a major motion picture company and theme parks. 2012 Comcast Leaders and Achievers® Scholarship Winners from Pennsylvania(163 Pennsylvania high school seniors - each student receives a $1,000 grant)SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS: (alphabetically by county and then by city where school is located)AdamsFairfield – Deanna Durbin of Fairfield Area High SchoolLittlestown – Trinity Dodson of Littlestown Senior High School McSherrystown – Lynneah Smith of Delone Catholic High SchoolNew Oxford – Hannah Fernandez of New Oxford Senior High School AlleghenyBridgeville – Kara Wise of South Fayette High School Bridgeville – Glenn Selker of Lakeview Christian Academy Coraopolis – Joseph Fleischman of Cornell Senior High School Fox Chapel – Isabella Egloff of Fox Chapel Area High School Imperial – Joseph Mort of West Allegheny Senior High School Jefferson Hills – Rebecca Wytiaz of Thomas Jefferson High SchoolMcKees Rocks – Erin Ferry of Montour High School Pittsburgh – Vitya Felder of Hillel Academy Pittsburgh – Kaitlin Manion of Pittsburgh CAPA Pittsburgh – Shannon Evans of North Hills High School Pittsburgh – Shealyn Williamson of Allderdice High School Pittsburgh – Farrah Cornick of Northside Urban Pathways School Pittsburgh – Katherine Roos of North Catholic High School # Pittsburgh – Sarah Espy of Baldwin High SchoolPittsburgh – Alicia Carson of Penn Hills High School Pittsburgh – Elizabeth Martinson of Oakland Catholic High School Pittsburgh – Erika Williamson of Westinghouse High School Pittsburgh – Camara Copeland of Shady Side Academy Plum – Jordan Gaston of Plum Senior High School Russellton – Alexander Lisowski of Deer Lakes High SchoolSouth Park – Alyssa Jones of South Park High School ArmstrongRural Valley – Jayna Rhine of West Shamokin High School BeaverAliquippa – Robert Catley of Hopewell Senior High School Beaver Falls – Jennifer Medarac of Beaver Falls High SchoolBaden – Angela Curcio of Quigley Catholic SchoolFreedom – Keith Braun of Freedom Area High SchoolMidland – Jane McConnell of Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School New Brighton – Alexis Williams of New Brighton High School BerksHamberg – Leah Fleischel of Hamburg Area High SchoolReading – Thomas Herb of Antietam Middle-Senior High School West Lawn – Saba Ali of Wilson Senior High School BucksBensalem – Nicholas DiGregorio of Holy Ghost Preparatory High School Newtown – Emily Sonlin of Council Rock High School Warminster – Gregory Glauser of William Tennent High SchoolWarrington – Brendan Kelly of Central Bucks High School South CentreBellefonte – Jessica Walizer of Bellefonte Area High School ChesterCoatesville – Kiarra Hicks of Coatesville Area Senior High School Downingtown – Caroline Weyback-Liogier of Bishop Shanahan High SchoolPhoenixville – Hayley Connors of Phoenixville Area High School West Chester – Paymaneh Parhami of B. Reed Henderson High SchoolWest Chester – Thomas Phelan of East High School ClarionNew Bethlehem – Corbyn Minich of Redbank High School
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