Comcast Twin Cities has awarded $45,000 in scholarships for the 2018-19 school year to 41 graduating high school seniors as part of the company’s 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.
“Our Leaders and Achievers Scholarship winners are exceptional students who are committed to academic excellence and community service,” said J.D. Keller, regional vice president, Comcast Twin Cities. “We are honored to recognize their achievements and excited to support them as they continue their educational journeys.”
Comcast hosted a special reception honoring this year’s winners on Thursday, May 17 at the Minnesota State Capitol, attended by family members, supporters, and a variety of local and elected officials. In addition, Nou-Chee Chang of Minneapolis, a senior at Brooklyn Center High School, was selected to receive an additional $4,000 Comcast Founders Scholarship, instituted in honor of Ralph J. Roberts, Founder and Chairman Emeritus of Comcast Corporation.
Since 2001, more than $28 million has been awarded to nearly 27,000 high school seniors across the country as part of the Leaders and Achievers Program. In the Twin Cities, Comcast has awarded more than $332,000 to hundreds of area students.
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.
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Minnesota State Capitol Reception Honorees
Dejra Bishop, St. Paul, Highland Park High School
Nicholas Campion, Bloomington, Academy of Holy Angels
Molly Carroll, Plymouth, Wayzata High School
Erick Castellanos, Minneapolis, Roosevelt High School
Saahil Chadha, Excelsior, Minnetonka High School
Nou-Chee Chang, Minneapolis, Brooklyn Center High School
Anna Connelly, Eagan, Eagan High School
Vianka Damas Rosales, Fridley, Fridley Senior High School
Simon Dungan-Seaver, St. Paul, Open World Learning School
Katelyn Gasperlin, Maple Grove, Totino Grace High School
Selam Habtes, Cottage Grove, Park High School
Azhae’la Hanson, Minneapolis, North High School
Michael Hunter, Plymouth, Benilde-St. Margaret’s
Collin Invie, Woodbury, Woodbury High School
Makayla Jacobsen, Brooklyn Park, Osseo High School
Lily Jansa, Lino Lakes, Centennial High School
Edwina Keta, Brooklyn Center, Robbinsdale Cooper High School
Emily Klinker, Coon Rapids, Coon Rapids High School
Eleanor O’Callaghan, St. Paul, Central High School
Bola Ogunlana, Minneapolis, South High School
Elise Patchett, Woodbury, Math and Science Academy
Isabel Patrick Pacheco, St. Paul, Johnson High School
Alexis Ringler, Ham Lake, Blaine High School
Maria Rios De Santiago, Minneapolis, Edison High School
R’Elle Robinson, Lauderdale, Jennings Experiential High School
Zarina Sementelli, St. Paul, Como Park Senior High School
Ben Smith, Hudson, WI, Hudson High School
Michaela Snyder, Woodbury, St. Croix Preparatory Academy
William Thao, Hudson, WI, Mounds Park Academy
Ratsamee Thosaengsiri, St. Paul, St. Paul Harding High School
Danielle Ungurian, Inver Grove Heights, Simley High School
Destiny Washington, Edina, Edina High School
Jacob Weinstein, St. Paul, Saint Thomas Academy
Mailao Xiong St. Paul, Humboldt High School