MONTPELIER >> The Comcast Foundation, founded in 1999 to provide charitable support to its local communities and to empower and enrich lives, has awarded twenty Vermont high school seniors scholarships through its annual Leaders and Achievers® Scholarship Program. The program, one of the Comcast Foundation's signature community investment programs, recognizes students' leadership skills, academic achievement and commitment to community service.
Emily Lampron, a resident of Arlington and student at Arlington Memorial High School, is one of the 20 recipients.
Comcast, joined by Shap Smith, Speaker of the Vermont House of Representatives, as well as Jim Porter, director of telecommunications and connectivity at the Vermont Department of Public Service and Christopher Recchia, commissioner of the Vermont Public Service Department, recognized the students at a special event held at the Vermont State House. The 20 recipients each received $1,000 scholarships. One student, Samantha Morse, a resident of Bomoseen and student at Fair Haven Union High School, was selected to receive an additional $9,000 Comcast Founders Scholarship - instituted in honor of Ralph J. Roberts, founder and chairman emeritus of Comcast Corporation. In total, Comcast awarded $29,000 worth of scholarships in Vermont this year.
"In Vermont, we believe in preparing our students and making sure they have the qualifications to fill tomorrow's jobs," said Governor Peter Shumlin. "We're making the investments in our future that will allow us to lead the way for decades to come and we appreciate that Comcast shares our commitment to developing our future leaders and helping them achieve their dreams of higher education."
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. 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 giving back, and the value placed on civic involvement by the business community.
"I volunteer because it is more rewarding to do something for others than it is to do something for myself," said Jordan Phelps, a resident of Springfield, VT, who was surprised with a $10,000 Comcast Founders Scholarship last year. "I was never seeking repayment, which is why receiving the Comcast Founders Scholarship was so surprising and exciting. I was thankful to be recognized for my volunteerism and the scholarship allowed me to change my higher education plans and attend my first choice, Endicott College, where I am finishing up my freshman year."
"This year's scholarship winners demonstrate an exemplary commitment to leadership in both their classrooms and communities," said Michael Parker, senior vice president of Comcast's Western New England Region, which includes Vermont. "We are proud to recognize their achievements and are excited to support them as they continue their educational journeys."
Since 2007, Comcast has awarded a total of $178,000 in Leaders & Achievers Scholarships to 133 students in Vermont. Since 2000, Comcast has awarded more than $25 million in scholarships to approximately 25,000 students nationwide.