Leaders and Achievers® Scholarship Program Recognizes Students’ Achievements
Both in and Out of the Classroom
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (May 17, 2016) – Comcast NBCUniversal today announced that it has awarded approximately $20,000 in scholarships for the 2016-17 school year to 16 Middle Tennessee students as part of its annual Leaders and Achievers® Scholarship Program. The program, funded by the Comcast Foundation, is a one-time, $1,000 scholarship awarded to the best and brightest high school seniors for their community service, academic performance and leadership skills. Since 2001, more than $25 million has been awarded to nearly 25,000 high school seniors across the country as part of the Leaders and Achievers Program.
“Our Leaders and Achievers Scholarship winners exemplify leadership and are committed to academic excellence and community service,” said Valerie Gillespie, Comcast Area Vice President. “We are honored to recognize their achievements, and excited to support them as they continue their educational journeys.”
Comcast, joined by local community partners and elected officials, recognized the students at a special event held at the Adventure Science Center last night. The 16 recipients each received $1,000 scholarships. One student, Mary Elaine Hanna, a resident of Nashville and student at Donelson Christian Academy, was selected to receive an additional $5,000 Comcast Founders Scholarship – instituted in honor of Ralph J. Roberts, Founder and Chairman Emeritus of Comcast Corporation. In total, Comcast awarded $20,000 worth of scholarships in Middle Tennessee this 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 of civic involvement, and the value placed on civic involvement by the business community.
To learn more, please visit the Comcast Leaders and Achievers Facebook page.
Donelson Christian Academy student Mary Hanna received a $5,000 Comcast Founders scholarship and is attending Vanderbilt in the fall.