Comcast NBCUniversal Awards $77,500 in Scholarships to 28 Southeast Pennsylvania High School Seniors

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Comcast NBCUniversal today announced that it has awarded approximately $77,500 in scholarships for the 2019-2020 school year to 28 Southeast Pennsylvania students as part of its annual Leaders and Achievers® Scholarship Program. Students are selected for their outstanding community service, academic performance, and leadership skills. The award, funded by the Comcast NBCUniversal Foundation, is a one-time, $2,500 scholarship to be used toward undergraduate education-related expenses. Since 2001, more than $33 million has been awarded to nearly 30,000 high school seniors across the country as part of the Leaders and Achievers program.

“Our Leaders and Achievers scholarship winners are exceptional students who are committed to academic excellence and community service,” said Stephanie L. Kosta, Vice President of Government Affairs, Comcast Freedom Region. “We are honored to recognize their achievements and excited to support them as they continue their educational journeys.”

Comcast, joined by Philadelphia Councilwoman Cherelle Parker, recognized the students at a special event held at the Comcast Technology Center on Wednesday, May 29th, which included NBC10 Philadelphia Anchor and Reporter Rosemary Connors as the emcee. One student, Cindy Phuong, a resident of Philadelphia and student at Central High School, was selected to receive a $10,000 Comcast Founders Scholarship – instituted in honor of Ralph J. Roberts, Founder and Chairman Emeritus of Comcast Corporation.

Woman holding a "Founders Award"
Our 2019 Southeast PA $10,000 Comcast Founders Scholarship recipient: Cindy Phuong, a resident of Philadelphia and student at Central High School.

“I want to commend each of the recipients for their hard work and perseverance. They have earned this recognition. I also want to thank Comcast for their unwavering commitment to education. By providing these scholarships, Comcast is not only eliminating a barrier to higher education for the recipients, but it is inspiring countless others to strive to achieve their goals,” said Philadelphia Councilwoman Cherelle Parker, 9th District.

In total, Comcast will award $210,000 in Leaders & Achievers scholarships to 78 high school seniors across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for the 2019-20 school year.

The Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Program provides scholarships to students who strive to achieve their full 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 and value of civic involvement, especially by the business community.

Visit here to learn more about the program.

2019 Comcast Leaders and Achievers® Scholarship Winners from Southeast Pennsylvania:
SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS (by County where student resides)

Bucks County
Andrea Garrido, Central Bucks High School South
Zach Rudisill, Northeast High School
Avi Gajjar, Pennsbury High School

Chester County
Lauren Devletian, Episcopal Academy
Luke Cowart, Unionville High School

Delaware County
Jessica Ding, Marple Newtown High School
Abigail Peichel, Springfield High School

Montgomery County
Chidera Obi-Eyisi, Wissahickon High School
Janis Song, PA Leadership Charter School
Sara Yi, Lower Moreland High School
Ava Rosen, Plymouth Whitemarsh High School

Philadelphia County
Sebleh Alfa, West Catholic Preparatory High School
Molly Bevenour, Central High School
Jadyn Branch, MaST Community Charter School
Josiah Findley, George Washington Carver High School of Engineering & Science
Kevin Hawthorne, Roman Catholic High School
Az’Zahaier Miles, Abraham Lincoln High School
Quynh Nguyen, Philadelphia High School for Girls
Alondra Perez, Community Academy of Philadelphia
Lisa Phan, Girard Academic Music Program
Cindy Phuong, Central High School*
Zena Qoraan, Kensington Health Sciences Academy
Keilyn Rodriguez-Nunez, Northeast High School
Brenda Shou, John W. Hallahan Catholic Girls High School
Caren Teague, Constitution High School
Khalesha Williams, Merion Mercy Academy
Tymir Williams, Father Judge High School
Huiying Xiao, Central High School


Group of people posing with awards
iPad raffle winners Chidera Obi-Eyisi, Wissahickon High School; Kevin Hawthorne, Roman Catholic High School; Keilyn Rodriguez-Nunez, Northeast High School; Sebleh Alfa, West Catholic Preparatory High School; Jadyn Branch, MaST Community Charter School (Jadyn’s mother Stacey Branch is pictured accepting the iPad on her daughter’s behalf); pose with Jim Samaha, Senior Vice President, Comcast Freedom Region (far left) and Stephanie L. Kosta, Vice President of Government Affairs, Comcast Freedom Region (far right).


Panel of Leaders and Achievers
Philadelphia Councilwoman Cherelle Parker, 9th District, joined us as our featured guest speaker for the 2nd year in a row. Councilwoman Parker gave an inspiring and impassioned speech encouraging the students to continue to work hard and strive for greatness.


 Achievers scholarship ceremony
During our Greater Philadelphia Leaders & Achievers scholarship ceremony on Wednesday, May 29th, we were lucky to have NBC10 Philadelphia Anchor and Reporter Rosemary Connors serve as the emcee.

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