Comcast Awards $173,000 In Scholarships To Pennsylvania High School Seniors

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Comcast Awards $173,000 In Scholarships To Pennsylvania High School Seniors

Comcast Leaders and Achievers® Scholarship Program Recognizes Pennsylvania Students for their Academic Achievement and Community Service
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The Comcast Foundation announces annual Leaders and Achievers® Scholarships 163 PA HS seniors awarded $1,000 each

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Comcast honored 163 Pennsylvania High School seniors with Leaders and Achievers scholarships at a special event Tuesday in Harrisburg. Among those in attendance were (from left): Charisse Lillie, president of the Comcast Foundation; Lina Huang of the Agnes Irwin School in Rosemont, Delaware County; Ashley Cox of Hempfield High School in Landisville, Lancaster County; Governor Tom Corbett; Alexander Hunt of Susquehanna Township Senior High School in Harrisburg, Dauphin County; and Brian D'Orazio of Trinity High School in Washington, Washington County.

Thursday, May 3, 2012 - 6:45pm

CONTENT: Press Release

(3BL Media) Harrisburg, PA - May 3, 2012 - 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.

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

About Comcast  

Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA) ( 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)

Fairfield – Deanna Durbin of Fairfield Area High School
LittlestownTrinity Dodson of Littlestown Senior High School
McSherrystown – Lynneah Smith of Delone Catholic High School
New OxfordHannah Fernandez of New Oxford Senior High School

BridgevilleKara Wise of South Fayette High School
BridgevilleGlenn Selker of Lakeview Christian Academy
CoraopolisJoseph Fleischman of Cornell Senior High School
Fox ChapelIsabella Egloff of Fox Chapel Area High School
Imperial – Joseph Mort of West Allegheny Senior High School
Jefferson HillsRebecca Wytiaz of Thomas Jefferson High School
McKees RocksErin Ferry of Montour High School
PittsburghVitya Felder of Hillel Academy
PittsburghKaitlin Manion of Pittsburgh CAPA
PittsburghShannon Evans of North Hills High School
PittsburghShealyn Williamson of Allderdice High School
PittsburghFarrah Cornick of Northside Urban Pathways School
PittsburghKatherine Roos of North Catholic High School #
PittsburghSarah Espy of Baldwin High School
PittsburghAlicia Carson of Penn Hills High School
PittsburghElizabeth Martinson of Oakland Catholic High School
PittsburghErika Williamson of Westinghouse High School
Pittsburgh – Camara Copeland of Shady Side Academy
Plum – Jordan Gaston of Plum Senior High School
RusselltonAlexander Lisowski of Deer Lakes High School
South Park – Alyssa Jones of South Park High School

Rural ValleyJayna Rhine of West Shamokin High School

AliquippaRobert Catley of Hopewell Senior High School
Beaver FallsJennifer Medarac of Beaver Falls High School
Baden – Angela Curcio of Quigley Catholic School
Freedom – Keith Braun of Freedom Area High School
Midland – Jane McConnell of Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School
New BrightonAlexis Williams of New Brighton High School

Hamberg – Leah Fleischel of Hamburg Area High School
Reading – Thomas Herb of Antietam Middle-Senior High School
West Lawn – Saba Ali of Wilson Senior High School

BensalemNicholas DiGregorio of Holy Ghost Preparatory High School
NewtownEmily Sonlin of Council Rock High School
WarminsterGregory Glauser of William Tennent High School
WarringtonBrendan Kelly of Central Bucks High School South

BellefonteJessica Walizer of Bellefonte Area High School

CoatesvilleKiarra Hicks of Coatesville Area Senior High School
Downingtown – Caroline Weyback-Liogier of Bishop Shanahan High School
PhoenixvilleHayley Connors of Phoenixville Area High School
West ChesterPaymaneh Parhami of B. Reed Henderson High School
West ChesterThomas Phelan of East High School

New BethlehemCorbyn Minich of Redbank High School

DuBoisDeanna Badger of DuBois Senior High School

Camp HillMargaret Gassert of Camp Hill High School
Carlisle – Annelise Anderson of Carlisle Area High School
ShippensburgAlana Famulare of Shippensburg Senior High School
WormleysburgIqra Shaikh of Harrisburg Academy

ElizabethvilleAbbie Enders of Upper Dauphin Area High School
HarrisburgCatherine Wilson of Central Dauphin East High School
HarrisburgIrva Pineda of SciTech High School
HarrisburgErin Tully of Bishop McDevitt High School
HarrisburgAlexander Hunt of Susquehanna Township Senior High School
HersheyKatharine Rozman of Hershey High School
HummelstownAmie Diamond of Lower Dauphin Senior High School
MillersburgJanelle Hawthorne of Millersburg Area High School
Steelton – Howlader Nashara of Steelton-Highspire Junior-Senior High School

BoothwynArence Paasewe of Chichester High School
Havertown – Wenye Huangpu of Haverford High School
Media – Jacki Turet of Penncrest High School
RosemontLina Huang of Agnes Irwin School
Sharon HillAbriana Height of Academy Park High School
VillanovaAlexandra Ambrogi of Notre Dame Academy

ChambersburgRebecca Berry of Chambersburg Area High School
ChambersburgKirsten Hawbaker of Shalom Christian Academy
WaynesboroChance Reecher of Waynesboro Senior High School
Willow HillChristine Sitman of Fannett-Metal Senior High School

HuntingdonOlivia Decker of Huntingdon Area High School

Blairsville – Katlyn Mazzaferro-Romanish of Blairsville Senior High School
ClymerJohn Berkavich of Penns Manor Area Junior-Senior High School
IndianaBeth Kopczyk of Indiana Area Senior High School
SaltsburgMegan Miller of Saltsburg Junior-Senior High School

PunxsutawneyDerick Kelly of Punxsutawney High School

ArchbaldAmanda Walter of Valley View High School
Old ForgeCorinne Breymeier of Old Forge High School
Taylor – Kyra Leasure of Riverside Junior-Senior High School

ColumbiaMarilyn Ngo of Columbia Junior-Senior High School
ElizabethtownAustin Albright of Elizabethtown Area Senior High School
KinzersJared Feister of Pequea Valley High School
LancasterStephen Ball of Manheim Township High School
LancasterWilliam Broaddus of McCaskey East High School
LandisvilleAshley Cox of Hempfield High School
ManheimKatelyn Bustin of Manheim Central Senior High School
MillersvilleKayla Bixler of Penn Manor High School
Mount JoyKyra Knier of Donegal High School
New HollandStephanie High of Garden Spot High School
QuarryvilleBrianna Kiesel of Solanco High School

New CastleNicholas Totin of New Castle Junior-Senior High School
New CastleMichael Vitullo of Union Area High School

LebanonAbigail Stefanides of Cedar Crest High School  
MyerstownJocelyn Stoudt of ELCO High School

DallasAndrew Santora of Dallas High School           

Hughesville – Tyler Smith of Hughesville High School
Jersey ShoreEmily Packer of Jersey Shore Area High School
MontoursvilleAshley Burger of Montoursville High School
MuncySophia Reeder of Muncy Junior-Senior High School
South WilliamsportJillian Jackson of South Williamsport Junior-Senior High School
WilliamsportMeghan Cunningham of Loyalsock High School

Ambler – Shelleah Jackson of Wissahickon High School
CollegevilleEmily Brooks of Perkiomen Valley Senior High School
Fort WashingtonJoshua Wan of Upper Dublin High School
Huntingdon ValleyKatey Steinberg of Lower Moreland Township High School
JenkintownMollie Berkowitz of Jenkintown High School
King of PrussiaDaniel Legaspi of Upper Merion High School
Plymouth MeetingBonnie Gross of Plymouth-Whitemarsh High School
PottstownKatrina Garthe of Owen J. Roberts High School

MillerstownJessie Kiner of Greenwood High School
NewportJonathan Geyer of Newport Junior-Senior High School

PhiladelphiaShayla Torres of Community Academy of Philadelphia Charter School
PhiladelphiaLeander Berry of Parkway West High School
PhiladelphiaElizabeth Silvestro of Math Science and Technology Community Charter School
PhiladelphiaVernon Jordan of Murrell Dobbins Career and Technical Education High School
Philadelphia – Wing Hung Cheung of Hallahan High School
PhiladelphiaLisa Cheung of Academy at Palumbo
PhiladelphiaCindy Zhang of Parkway Center City School
PhiladelphiaGech Kong of International Christian High School
PhiladelphiaRebecca Bannan of Little Flower High School
PhiladelphiaRobert Ramos of Carver High School of Engineering and Science
PhiladelphiaAngelina Smith of Franklin High School
Philadelphia – Damara McDowell of Freire Charter School
PhiladelphiaKitty Thai of Swenson Arts and Technology High School
PhiladelphiaQadriyyah Major of Kensington Business and Finance High School
Philadelphia – Ahteyona Hines of Multicultural Academy Charter School
PhiladelphiaAllison Schreffler of Springside School
PhiladelphiaBrianna Alexander of Motivation High School
PhiladelphiaMarissa Hirsch of Franklin Towne Charter High School
PhiladelphiaLisa Liu of Saul High School
PhiladelphiaOlivia Ngo of Central High School
Philadelphia – Iskar Smith of City Center Academy
PhiladelphiaPriscilla Lugo of Mercy Vocational High School
PhiladelphiaMarlon Lewis of High School for the Future
PhiladelphiaDeblyn Lawrence of Masterman High School
PhiladelphiaLevi Rivers of Germantown High School
Philadelphia – Shermeir Porter of Girard College
PhiladelphiaMichelle Swiger of Commonwealth Connections Academy *

HeginsMakenzie Stutzman of Tri-Valley High School
MinersvilleOlivia Massari of Minersville Area Junior-Senior High School
PottsvilleCorey Conville of Pottsville Area High School

Confluence – Shelby Burkett of Turkeyfoot High School
SomersetBritta Musser of Somerset Junior-Senior High School

LaporteJustine McCarty of Sullivan County High School

Oil CityCharles Moon of Oil City High School

CanonsburgAnthony Sciulli of Canon-McMillan High School
HoustonPatsy Tatano of Chartiers-Houston Junior-Senior High School
MonongahelaConnor Kane of Ringgold High School
Washington – Brian D'Orazio of Trinity High School

Belle VernonNatalie Martin of Belle Vernon Area High School
Greensburg – Abigail Yasika of Greensburg Salem High School
Greensburg – Brandi Wian of Hempfield Area High School
HerminieGina Huss of Yough High School
Lower BurrellRachel Wilson of Burrell Senior High School
MonessenDesiree Rice of Monessen Middle-Senior High School
New KensingtonKelsey Phillips of Valley High School
North HuntingdonNicole Shuckhart of Norwin Senior High School

DallastownJennifer Boyle of Dallastown Area Senior High School
Dover – Madalyn Gordon of Dover Area High School
Fawn GroveAnita Saesing of Kennard-Dale High School
Glen RockCasey Skevington of Susquehannock High School
LewisberryLogan Hodges of Red Land Senior High School
ManchesterNicholas Small of Northeastern Senior High School

*           Cyber school headquartered in Harrisburg
#          Resides in Butler County