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Comcast NBCUniversal Awards $82,500 In Scholarships To 30 Virginia High School Seniors

Leaders and Achievers® Scholarship Program Recognizes Students' Achievements Both In and Out of the Classroom

RICHMOND, Va., May 16, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Comcast NBCUniversal today announced that it has awarded approximately $82,500 in scholarships for the 2019-2020 school year to 30 Virginia 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 excelling in their academic excellence and community service," said Mary McLaughlin, Senior Vice President of Comcast's Beltway Region. "We are honored to recognize their achievements and excited to support them as they continue their educational journeys." 

Comcast, joined by The Honorable Lashrecse Aird, 63rd District, Virginia House of Delegates, recognized the students at a special event held at the Virginia State Capitol on Wednesday, May 15. One student, Emma Evans, a resident of Staunton and student at Riverheads High School, was selected to receive an additional $7,500 Comcast Founders Scholarship — instituted in honor of Ralph J. Roberts, Founder and Chairman Emeritus of Comcast Corporation.

"Congratulations to all of the Leaders and Achievers scholarship recipients," said Atif Qarni, Virginia Secretary of Education. "I am proud of each of you and your academic accomplishments as well as your commitment to serving your community and peers. Thank you, Comcast, for recognizing these talented students and for your commitment to helping further their education with these scholarships."   

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 Recipients from Virginia

Alexandria
Jasmine Vargas of St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School*

Arlington
Anne Felipe of Wakefield High School
Esinam Fynn of Wakefield High School

Augusta County
Emma Evans of Riverheads High School in Staunton
Sarah Watson of Stuarts Draft High School

Chesterfield County
Jonathan Coleman of Matoaca High School in Chesterfield
Angel Pajimola of Clover Hill High School in Midlothian
Natalee Wilson of Wilson Christian Academy in Midlothian

Culpeper County
Mikayla Jenkins of Eastern View High School in Culpeper

Danville
Hannah Anderson of George Washington High School

Fairfax County
Ian Hansing of South Lakes High School in Reston
Hassan Osman from Lorton*

Fauquier County
Meredyth Rankin of Fauquier High School in Warrenton

Frederick County
Gina Alfred of John Handley High School in Winchester

Fredericksburg
Arianna Verbosky of Stafford Senior High School

Henrico County
Kamryn Owen of Highland Springs High School
Clara Pettus of John Randolph Tucker High School in Henrico

Hopewell
Dajuan Wilkins of Hopewell High School

Loudoun County
Praneeth Penmetsa of Rock Ridge High School in Ashburn

Lynchburg
D'Arrin Calloway of Heritage High School

Manassas
Lubna Azmi of Stonewall Jackson High School

Petersburg
Treyvion Hall of Petersburg High School

Prince William County
Alyssa Alexander of Woodbridge Senior High School

Richmond
Micah Hunter of Grove Christian School
Raquel Turner of Richmond Community High School

Rockingham County
Emily Villacrusis of Turner Ashby High School in Bridgewater

Salem
Abigail Coleman of Salem High School

Stafford County
Sarah Schaefer of North Stafford High School

Tazewell County
Jazmin Scarberry of Graham High School in Bluefield

Warren County
Kaley Foulks of Warren County High School in Front Royal

*Indicates winners of NBCUniversal Award 

About Comcast Corporation
Comcast Corporation (CMCSA) is a global media and technology company with three primary businesses:  Comcast Cable, NBCUniversal, and Sky.  Comcast Cable is one of the United States' largest video, high-speed internet, and phone providers to residential customers under the Xfinity brand, and also provides these services to businesses.  It also provides wireless and security and automation services to residential customers under the Xfinity brand.  NBCUniversal is global and operates news, entertainment and sports cable networks, the NBC and Telemundo broadcast networks, television production operations, television station groups, Universal Pictures, and Universal Parks and Resorts.  Sky is one of Europe's leading media and entertainment companies, connecting customers to a broad range of video content through its pay television services.  It also provides communications services, including residential high-speed internet, phone, and wireless services.  Sky operates the Sky News broadcast network and sports and entertainment networks, produces original content, and has exclusive content rights.  Visit www.comcastcorporation.com for more information.

About Comcast NBCUniversal Foundation 
The Comcast NBCUniversal Foundation continues the work of the foundations founded by Comcast Corporation and NBCUniversal to provide charitable support to qualified non-profit organizations. The Foundation invests in programs intended to have a positive, sustainable impact on the communities we serve. Its mission is to empower communities to thrive by helping to provide access to technology, relevant digital skills and training, and inspiring volunteerism and service. The Foundation invests in programs intended to have a positive, sustainable impact on the communities we serve.  More information about how Comcast NBCUniversal supports the communities it serves is available at comcast.com/community.

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