Grantsville High School senior Wesley Allen attended Comcast Foundation’s annual Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Ceremony at the Utah State Capitol Rotunda on May 18 grateful for a $1,000 scholarship, and instead came away with one of four $5,000 President’s scholarships.
The Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Program provides one-time $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.
Allen, along with three other students, were surprised with $5,000 President’s scholarships, and one student was surprised with a $10,000 Founder scholarship at the ceremony. The other $5,000 scholarship winners included: Chris O’Brien from St. Joseph Catholic High School, Marilyn Salguero from Kearns High School and Nikita Siddamsettiwar from Jordan Applied Tech. The $10,000 scholarship winner was Ethan Crawford from Bountiful High School.
“I wasn’t expecting that at all,” Allen said, who beamed after accepting his certificate on stage from Rep. Merrill Nelson, R-Grantsville, and Comcast representative Merlin Jensen. “I am super grateful to have it and to be able to use it for college.”
Allen was the only scholarship recipient from Tooele County.
Allen, GHS’ student body president and General Sterling Scholar who maintained a 4.0 GPA while lettering in two sports, also received Academic All-State honors for cross country and soccer this year. After graduation, he plans to serve a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in South Korea for two years, then pursue an education in prosthetics rehabilitation at Brigham Young University.
Utah House Speaker Greg Hughes was the keynote speaker at the Comcast Leaders and Achievers Ceremony which was held at the Utah State Capitol Rotunda. Following the ceremony students and their families were taken on a tour of the State Capitol building.