KANSAS CITY AREA STUDENTS RECEIVE 2015 COMCAST LEADERS & ACHIEVERS SCHOLARSHIPS
INDEPENDENCE, MO (June 8, 2015) – The Comcast Foundation today announced that eleven Kansas City area high school seniors have been named 2015 recipients of the foundation’s annual Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Program. The Comcast Foundation was started in 1999 to provide charitable support to local communities and to empower and enrich lives across the country.
The Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Program provides one-time $1,000 scholarships to high school seniors who strive to achieve their potential, and who serve as role-model catalysts for positive change in their schools and communities. The philosophy behind the program is to give young people every opportunity to be prepared for the future, and to demonstrate the importance and value placed on civic involvement by the business community
“Each year, we are excited to provide scholarships for these talented and dedicated students,” said Sam Hassan, Director of Sales & Marketing for Comcast Kansas City. “Comcast recognizes students who achieve academic excellence in the classroom, 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.”
The eleven Kansas City area winners (listed below) will be recognized at a special reception to be held this Thursday, June 11, at the historic Union Station, in the Arthur Stilwell Room, in downtown Kansas City. Christy Nitche, Director of Science City at Union Station, will serve as emcee for the evening’s festivities.
The Kansas City Area 2015 Leaders and Achievers Scholarship recipients include:
Cooper Yerby Overland Park
Brianna Woicke Olathe
Aziza Harrell Kansas City
Abbey Widick Lee’s Summit
Dustin Tull Independence
Sarah Holloway Raytown
Caleb Winslow Buckner
Hope Kunkel Lee’s Summit
Bennett Stouffer Lee’s Summit
Austin Blackton Oak Grove
Elizabeth Smith Independence
Since the national program’s inception in 2000, Comcast has provided scholarships to more than 23,000 students nationwide totaling $22.8 million. In the Kansas City area, Comcast started its student scholarship program in 2011 and to date has honored 49 students, awarding a total of $49,000.
Elected officials who will be attending include –
Eileen Weir Mayor of Independence
Mike Cierpiot Missouri State Representative
Bill Kidd Missouri State Representative
Rebecca Roeber Missouri State Representative
Chelsea Chaney District Director on behalf of Senator Pat Roberts
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 nearly $140 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.
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