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Comcast Awards $190,000 In Scholarships To 180 Pennsylvania High School Seniors

Comcast Awards $190,000 In Scholarships To 180 Pennsylvania High School Seniors

Comcast Leaders and Achievers® Scholarship Program Recognizes Pennsylvania Students for their Academic Achievement and Community Service

HARRISBURG, Pa., May 18, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The Comcast Foundation today announced the 2016 recipients of its annual Leaders and Achievers(® )Scholarship Program awards.

Comcast, joined by Lori Burkholder, morning anchor at WGAL-TV and local government officials, recognized the students at a special event held Tuesday at the State Museum of Pennsylvania. All of the 2016 Pennsylvania Leaders and Achievers recipients received $1,000 scholarships, except for one student, Mary Elizabeth Wentling, who was awarded a $10,000 Comcast Founder's Scholarship - instituted in honor of Ralph J. Roberts, Founder and Chairman Emeritus of Comcast Corporation. After a prize drawing, five students also received Asus laptops for use at college.

"The Pennsylvania Department of Education congratulates the exemplary students being recognized today for their hard work both in the classroom and outside school walls," said Secretary of Education Pedro A. Rivera. "While their efforts today certainly position them for success tomorrow, their commitment to philanthropy demonstrates an understanding of the importance of community. Thank you to the Comcast Foundation for shining a light on these inspiring students by recognizing their work and encouraging other young Pennsylvanians to achieve academic success while making time to give back to others."

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.

"Leaders and Achievers Scholarship winners exemplify leadership and commitment to academic excellence and community service," said Christine Whitaker, regional senior vice president for Comcast. "It is a privilege to recognize their achievements, and support them as they further their educations."

To date, Comcast has awarded more than $25 million to nearly 25,000 Leaders and Achievers Scholarship winners.

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The Comcast Leaders and Achievers(®) Scholarship Program is one of the many ways that Comcast gives back to the communities we serve. Click here to learn more.

About the Comcast Foundation

The Comcast Foundation was founded by Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ: CMCSA) 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 - expanding digital literacy, promoting community service and building tomorrow's leaders. Since its inception, the Comcast Foundation has donated nearly $156 million to organizations in the communities nationwide that Comcast serves. More information about the Foundation and its programs is available at

2016 Comcast Leaders and Achievers® Scholarship Winners from Pennsylvania:
SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS (by County where the high school is located)

Samantha Brown of Fairfield Area HS
Elizabeth Peters of Bermudian Springs High School
Grace Rutter of Littlestown Senior High School
Victoria Warner of Delone Catholic High School

Shania Brimage of City Charter High School
Cytalia Crosby of Allderdice High School
David Crouse of Lakeview Christian Academy
Benjamin Davis of Serra Catholic High School
Andrew Donatelli of South Park High School
Qateyrha Featherstone of Westinghouse High School
Alexandra Ferri of Chartiers Valley High School
Jacob Garwood of McKeesport High School
Brandy Hardy of Perry Traditional Academy
Maureen Hutchinson of Deer Lakes High School
Aaron Johnson of Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12
Abbey Lawlor LoBello of Oakland Catholic High School
Samantha Mack of Bethel Park High School
Remy McIntyre of Wilkinsburg Senior High School
Jhsia Miles of Clairton High School
Thomas Mologne of Upper St. Clair High School
Kathrine O'Kelley of Sto-Rox Junior-Senior High School
Daniel Porter of North Hills High School
Guanlin (Gabe) Ren of North Allegheny Senior High School
Rachel Roos of Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School
Kelli Shar of Quaker Valley Senior High School
Chedva Silver of Hillel Academy Pittsburgh
Molly Taylor of Cornell Senior High School
Aaliyah Tinsley of Penn Hills High School
Olivia Van Dyke of Fox Chapel Area High School
Evan Vent of South Fayette High School

Taylor Wilson of West Shamokin High School

Katherine Bangley of South Side High School
Maxwell Box of Beaver Falls High School
Kristina Celeste of Hopewell Senior High School
Devin Dikec of Beaver Area High School
Sydney Rivera of Beaver County Christian School
Sara Walter of Western Beaver Junior-Senior High School

Connor Burke of Everett High School

Cody Fidler of Muhlenberg High School
Madison Heckman of Wilson Senior High School
Tristan Morales of Reading High School

Sarah Devlin of Council Rock South High School
Elrashid Elnagieb of William Tennant High School
Esha Gajjar of Pennsbury High School
Callie Goodman of Council Rock High School
Kimberly Martin of Morrisville Middle/Senior High
Emily Rehmet of Central Bucks High - South

Noelle Scolieri of Quigley Catholic School

Evan Kinney of Cambria Heights High School

Nicholas Jabco of Bellefonte Area High School
Kaylah Urie of State College Area High School

Daniel Green of Oxford Area High School
Margaret Mary Imms of Octorara High School
Jared Lawler of Twin Valley High School
Robin Truitt of Delaware Valley Friends School

Susan Fetzer of Moshannon Valley Junior Senior High

Nicholas Bibby of Shippensburg Senior High School
Charlotte Kuller of Camp Hill High School
Bronte Lebo of Mechanicsburg Area Sr. High School
Hannah Lombardo of Cumberland Valley High School
Abigail Naylor of Shalom Christian Academy

Kirsten Bruker of Halifax Area High School
Victor Contreras of Scitech High School
Natasha Garcia of Steelton-Highspire Junior-Senior High School
Emma Hutchman of Bishop McDevitt High School
Jacob Mullen of Central Dauphin High School
Andrew Norris of Upper Dauphin Area High School
Sarah Oh of Hershey High School
Leah Slemmer of Millersburg Area High School
Jamie Wilson of Central Dauphin East Senior High School

Lauren Bules of Garnet Valley High School
Jeremy Fratoni of Cardinal O'Hara High School
Annaliese Melvin of Upper Darby High School
Virginia Ulichney of Agnes Irwin School

Lorenzo Enriquez of Greencastle-Antrim Senior High School
Alyssa Taylor of Waynesboro Senior High School

Jacob Boehme of McConnellsburg Junior Senior High School

Richard Sager of Greene County Career & Technology Center
Evelyn White of Waynesburg Central High School

TaKisha Faubert of Juniata Valley High School

Alexandria Berkavich of Penns Manor Area Junior-Senior High School
Jalon Cooper of the Kiski School
Jonah Jankovik of St. Joseph High School
Kassidy Richards of Saltsburg Junior-Senior High School
Nicholas Silveri of Homer Center Junior-Senior High School
Connor Tshudy of Indiana Area Senior High School

Adam Milliron of Punxsutawney High School

Kathryn Bound of Old Forge High School
Emily Burden of Holy Cross High School
Cassandra Caparo of North Pocono High School
Graeme Nichols of Lakeland Junior/Senior High School

Kelsey Bastien of Solanco High School
Brittany Brown of Donegal High School
Harrison Buehrle of Veritas Press Scholars Academy
Anna Burkhart of Manheim Central Senior High School
Erica Dinse of Elizabethtown Area Senior High School
Jailyn Phiel of Columbia JSHS
Allison Schaefer of Penn Manor High School
Mary Elizabeth Wentling of Hempfield High School
Creighton Young of JP McCaskey East High School

Araycia Byers of New Castle Junior / Senior High School
Aaron Viggiano of Neshannock Junior / Senior High School
Ruth Zeigler of Laurel Junior / Senior High School

Elizabeth Holzman of Palmyra Area Senior High School
Gregory Morrison of Lebanon Catholic High School
Kyla Waldron of Cedar Crest High School

Tatiana Chichilla of St. John Neumann Regional Academy
Rory Foran of South Williamsport Junior Senior High School
Cameron Good of Muncy Junior-Senior High School

Josh Choi of Upper Moreland High School
Alette Kligman of Jenkintown High School
John Maxey of Norristown Area High School
Roshni Mehta of Spring Ford High School
Nina Lei Tang of Germantown Academy School

Zach Abraham of Calvary Christian Academy
Evan Allen of Bodine High School for International Affairs
Fakira Awawdeh of Kensington Health Sciences Academy
Maria Bangura of the City School
Sherwin Barrett of Simon Gratz High School
Abaigeal BeninCasa of Philadelphia Academy Charter School
Marques Biddle-Johnson of Strawberry Mansion High School
Anne Sara Bien-Aime of Freire Charter School
Toni Blakely of Widener Memorial School
Ky'esha Clark of Mastery Charter School
Leannah Clayton of A. Philip Randolph Career and Technical High School
Cesar Cortorreal of Olney Charter High School
MaKail Crawford of Boys Latin of Philadelphia Charter School
Keishla Crisotomo of Mariana Bracetti Academy Charter School
Widchard Faustin of Central High School
Chase Ferguson of World Communications Charter School
Tamira Giddings of Imhotep Institute Charter
Erika Grant of Overbrook High School
Qiwei Guo of Furness High School
Laura Haskin of Friends Select School
Sarah John of Nazareth Academy High School
Fatu Kanu of Philadelphia High School for Girls
Naseem Kates of Lankenau Environmental Science Magnet High School
Tuyen Le of International Christian High School
Ree Mar of South Philadelphia High School
Jasmine Mays of West Philadelphia Catholic High School
Elisa McCann of Hallahan High School
Jared Meares of Mercy Vocational High School
Mystique Minerva of Edison High School and John C. Fareira Skills Center
Niayla-Dia Murray of Constitution High School
Alexia Peart of Parkway West High School
Rafael Rodriguez of Nueva Esperanza Academy Charter School
Shana Ross of Motivation High School
Jessica Salguero-Snow of Kensington High School for International Business, Finance and Entrepreneurship
Tyler Sheppard of Mathematics, Civics and Sciences Charter School of Philadelphia
Sohia Sultana of Benjamin Franklin High School
Diamond Thomas of High School of the Future
Janet Tia of Multicultural Academy Charter School
Mitchell Valentin of W. B. Saul High School for Agricultural Sciences
Calia Victor of Murrell Dobbins CTE High School
Katy Vieira of Saint Hubert Catholic High School for Girls
Ava Washington of Philadelphia Electrical and Technology Charter High School
Diyaaldeen Yasir of Academy at Palumbo

Cecelia DiNicola of Nativity B.V.M. High School
Paige Fellows of Pottsville Area High School

Hunter Merwin of Oil City High School

Toby Cullings of Trinity Senior High School
Domenic Eannace of Canon McMillan High School
Adam James of Ringgold High School
Matthew Macek of Chartiers Houston Jr. / Sr. High School
Brady Ross of Washington High School
Justine Yanosik of Fort Cherry High School

Kaitlin Ackinclose of Hempfield Area High School
Samuel Cabot of Norwin Senior High School
Kacee Carter of Greensburg-Salem High School
Hallie McGrew of Yough Senior High School
Hannah Patrick of Ligonier Valley High School
Andrew James Skledar of Cheswick Christian Academy
Alec Tesznar of Monessen Middle & Senior High School

Anna Frazier of South Western Senior High School
Emily Hamme of York Suburban Senior High School
Kyle Horn of Dover Area High School
Emily Landis of Susquehannock High School
Krishna Patel of Dallastown Area Senior High School
Kayli Rentzel of Northeastern Senior High School
Samantha Thomason of Eastern York HS

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