Thanks to the Comcast Foundation’s Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Program, nine area high school seniors received $1,000 each toward their college education.
The local scholarship recipients Comcast Chattanooga recognized as the best and brightest in their communities include James Agan, Signal Mountain Middle/High School (The University of Tennessee); Kayla Curbow, Polk County High School (The University of Tennessee); Abigale Daniels, Ooltewah High School (Berry College); Ja’Keena Dillard, East Ridge High School (Emory University); Breanna Glenn, Howard School (The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga); Megan Haley, Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe High School (Georgia Institute of Technology); Verrita McGoy, Tyner Academy (Middle Tennessee State University); Andrew Peace, Boyd-Buchanan School (Vanderbilt University); and MaKinzie Reavley, Sale Creek High School (East Tennessee State University).
“At Comcast Chattanooga, we greatly value higher education and want to do whatever possible to lend assistance to young adults trying to reach their professional goals,” said Jim Weigert, vice president and general manager at Comcast Chattanooga. “The scholarship recipients who were selected this year were all extremely deserving, and we look forward to seeing them grow and prosper in the community.”
Comcast celebrated the winners at the Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Luncheon on Friday, June 15, at the Adventure Science Center in Nashville. There, the recipients were treated to a performance by Ty Brown, singer and star from ABC’s The Bachelor, and a keynote speech by Tre Hargett, Tennessee Secretary of State.
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 it has in the business community.
Additional scholarships were awarded to students during the reception. Andrew Peace of Hixson was one of four recipients to receive a supplemental $4,000 scholarship. He will use the funds to offset his tuition expenses when he attends Vanderbilt University this fall.
To date, Comcast has awarded more than $17 million to more than 17,000 Leaders and Achievers Scholarship winners.
“Each year, we are excited to provide scholarships for these talented students,” said Charisse R. Lillie, president of the Comcast Foundation and vice president, Community Investment of Comcast Corp. “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.”
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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 more than $90 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.