Comcast NBCUniversal Awards $50,000 In Scholarships To 17 Connecticut High School Seniors Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Program Recognizes Students’ Achievements Both In and Out of the Classroom

HARTFORD, Conn.June 12, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Comcast NBCUniversal today announced that it has awarded $50,000in scholarships for the 2019-2020 school year to 17 Connecticut students as part of its annual Leaders and Achievers® Scholarship Program.  Students are selected for their outstanding community service, academic performance, and leadership skills. The award, funded by the Comcast NBCUniversal Foundation, is a one-time, $2,500 scholarship to be used toward undergraduate education-related expenses. Since 2001, more than $33 million has been awarded to nearly 30,000 high school seniors across the country as part of the Leaders and Achievers program, including $750,000 to nearly 650 students in Connecticut.

“Our Leaders and Achievers scholarship winners are exceptional students who are committed to academic excellence and community service,” said Michael Parker, senior vice president of Comcast’s Western New England Region, which is headquartered in Connecticut. “We are honored to recognize their achievements and excited to support them as they continue their educational journeys.”

Comcast, joined by Lieutenant Governor Susan Bysiewicz, State Senator Douglas McCrory, State Representative Catherine Abercrombie and State Representative Nicole Klarides-Ditria, recognized the students at a special event held at the Connecticut State Capitol today.  One student, Rameezah Ahmed, a resident of Danbury and student at Danbury Hight School, was selected to receive an additional $7,500 Comcast Founders Scholarship – instituted in honor of Ralph J. Roberts, Founder and Chairman Emeritus of Comcast Corporation.

“I congratulate all of this year’s scholarship recipients for their academic achievements and thank them for their outstanding acts of community service,” Lt. Governor Susan Bysiewicz said. “For those who will be going across the country to attend college in the fall, we will be anxiously awaiting their return to Connecticut as leaders of the future. I can’t wait to see what innovative ideas this next generation of idea-makers brings back to our state.”

“I join Comcast in congratulating these exceptional students on their commitment to their education and their community.  Support of our youth comes in many forms and the Comcast Leaders and Achievers scholarships will make a difference for these kids as they prepare for their future,” added Senate Education Committee Chairman, Doug McCrory (D-Hartford).

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 and value of civic involvement, especially by the business community.

Students receiving this year’s Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship in Connecticut are:

Student Name

Student Hometown

High School

Rameezah Ahmed


Danbury High School

Shawn Brooks

New London

New London High School

Kashmere Cunningham

New Britain

New Britain High School

Nubia Dickinson


Sport and Medical Sciences Academy

Saewon-Charles Dionne-Jee

Old Saybrook

Old Saybrook High School

David Gao


Bristol Central High School

Sonya Hadley


Middletown High School

Alexander Halkias


Berlin High School

Tori Higgins


Bloomfield High School

Chanel Johnson


University High School of Science & Engineering

Morphy Kuffour


East Hartford High School

Zarya Pena

West Hartford

William H. Hall High School

Thea Ranelli

New Haven

Wilbur Cross Comprehensive High School

Doishellys Rodriguez

New Haven

High School in the Community

Xiu Xiu Sammis-Mccoy

Beacon Falls

Woodland regional high school

Allie Stankewich


Guilford High School

Hannah Yother


Mark T. Sheehan High School

Visit here to learn more about the program.

About Comcast NBCUniversal Foundation 
The Comcast NBCUniversal Foundation continues the work of the foundations founded by Comcast Corporation and NBCUniversal to provide charitable support to qualified non-profit organizations. The Foundation invests in programs intended to have a positive, sustainable impact on the communities we serve. Its mission is to empower communities to thrive by helping to provide access to technology, relevant digital skills and training, and inspiring volunteerism and service. The Foundation invests in programs intended to have a positive, sustainable impact on the communities we serve.  More information about how Comcast NBCUniversal supports the communities it serves is available at

About Comcast Corporation:
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