Comcast and the Comcast Foundation recognized the 2015 “Leaders and Achievers Scholarship” recipients from the company’s Greater Chicago Region (GCR), which spans Illinois, Northwest Indiana and Southwest Michigan. The scholarships were awarded to high school seniors who strive to create positive change, have solid academic records and are role models for their fellow students and other youth in their communities. The program’s mission is to recognize high school students who play an active role in and help others in their communities, motivate them to continue to serve and encourage other students to work to improve their communities as well. Recipients were awarded $1,000 grants to be used for college expenses.
Among 190 recipients awarded scholarships this year was Kayla Cooper a high school student who attends Austin Business & Entrepreneurial Academy received one of three $4,000 scholarships at a drawing during the ceremony.
“I am highly impressed by this year’s Leaders and Achievers Scholarship recipients and how committed they are to doing the best they can, whether it’s in the class room or in the community,” said John Crowley, Comcast GCR senior vice president. “Comcast is proud of the 2015 class of Leaders and Achievers recipients and thrilled that we can help them offset some of their college expenses.”
Recipients were recognized at a ceremony at McCormick Place in Chicago by Comcast leaders, as well as Hines Ward, retired Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver and Super Bowl XL MVP. Ward, who’s known for his dedication to social issues, formed the Hines Ward U.S. Helping Hands Foundation, which focuses on improving literacy among children and provides programs and services to help them succeed in life, and the Helping Hands Korea Foundation, whose mission is to reduce biracial discrimination against children in Korea.
Since the first Leaders and Achievers were recognized in 2001, Comcast has awarded more than $22.8 million in scholarships to help nearly 23,000 students pursue higher education. Nearly 190 students in Comcast’s Greater Chicago Region received scholarships this year.
About the Comcast Foundation
The Comcast Foundation was founded by Comcast Corporation in June 1999 to provide charitable support to qualified nonprofit organizations. The Foundation primarily invests in programs intended to have a positive, sustainable impact on their communities. The Foundation has three community investment priorities – expanding digital literacy, promoting community service 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.