The Comcast Foundation, founded in 1999 to provide charitable support to its local communities and to empower and enrich lives, honored the 2013 Utah recipients of its annual Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Ceremony at the Utah State Capitol Rotunda on May 15.
Comcast provided 36 Utah students with $60,000 in college scholarships through the 2013 Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Program. Ten of the winning students were also given a netbook computer to use at college. Siera Gomez, a senior at Stansbury High School, received a $1,000 scholarship and was one of the 10 students who was given a netbook computer. Carlie Hughes, a senior at Grantsville High School, also received a $1,000 scholarship.
“These students are our future leaders and we are excited to award them scholarships,” said Kyle McSlarrow, regional vice president for Comcast. “Comcast awards scholarships to students who demonstrate leadership abilities in school activities, reflect a strong commitment to community service and have high academic standards. We hope the scholarships will help to power these students as they pursue their dreams for success.”
David L. Buhler, Utah commissioner of higher education, was the keynote speaker at the ceremony. Following the ceremony students and their families were taken on a tour of the State Capitol building.
The Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Program was launched nationally in 2001, and Comcast has awarded more than $19 million in scholarships in the years since its inception. The philosophy behind the program is to give young people every opportunity to be prepared for the future, to engage youth in their communities, and to demonstrate the importance of civic involvement, and the value placed on civic involvement by the business community.