Comcast Names Leaders and Achievers Recipients, Celebrates in Central Illinois

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Over 140 students from Illinois; Comcast celebrates achievement at Governor’s Residence…

L and AThe Comcast Foundation today announced the 2013-14 recipients of its annual Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Program awards from Central Illinois. Comcast will also acknowledge their scholarship with a special luncheon held at the Governor’s Residence in Springfield today.

“Each year, we are excited to provide scholarships for these talented students,” said Charisse R. Lillie, President of the Comcast Foundation and Vice President, Community Investment of Comcast Corp. “Comcast seeks students who demonstrate leadership abilities in school activities and who reflect a strong commitment to community service.  These students are our future leaders, and we hope these scholarships will help to power their dreams for success.”

The Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Program provides $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 civic involvement, and the value placed on civic involvement by the business community.

To date, Comcast has awarded nearly $19 million to nearly 19,000 Leaders and Achievers Scholarship winners. In Central Illinois, the following students will receive the scholarship:

Student First Name

Last Name


High School


Casey Long Ashkum Central High School Illinois State University
Hannah Russell Bloomington Central Catholic High University of Iowa
Alexandra Walch Bloomington University High School Southern Illinois University
Wyatt Bensken Champaign University Laboratory High U of IL at Urbana Champaign
Riley Hill-Kartel Champaign Centennial High School Butler University
Cassidy Hicks Decatur Eisenhower High School Bradley University
Brett White Decatur Macarthur High School Berklee College of Music
Grant Bosnich DePue St. Bede Academy University of Notre Dame
Rachel Hageman Dixon Newman Central Catholic High University of Iowa
Alyssa McBride Frankfort Lincoln-Way East High School University of Notre Dame
Molly Uphoff Franklin Grove Ashton-Franklin Center High Saint Norbert College
Ryan Carl Galesburg Galesburg High School Olivet Nazarene University
Mary Happ Homer Heritage High School University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Devyn Koehl Lakemoor Johnsburg High School University of Wisconsin-Platteville
Sarah Keck Macomb Macomb Senior High Western Illinois University
Kelly O’Neill Medinah Lake Park High School Yale University
Brady Hughes Mendota Mendota Township High Northwestern University
Francinet Perez Midlothian Bremen High School U of I at Urbana-Champaign
Maggie Bell Monmouth Monmouth Roseville High Reed College
Keren Saidac Montgomery Oswego East High School University of Wisconsin
Sylvia Klumpp Mt. Pulaski MT. PULASKI HIGH Lincoln Land Community College
Timothee McElroy Mt. Zion MT. ZION HIGH SCHOOL Millikin University
Kathryn Speck Oregon Oregon High School U of I at Urbana-Champaign
Nicole Graves Oswego Oswego High School Iowa State University
Chase Whittaker Pekin Peoria Christian School Monmouth College
Ashley Hudson Peoria Peoria High School North Carolina A&T State
Luke LaHood Peoria Peoria Notre Dame High U of I at Urbana-Champaign
Daniela Vidal Peoria Richwoods High School University of Missouri-Columbia
Lindsay Matthias Peotone Peotone High School Elmhurst College
Victoria Martin Rochester Rochester High School Knox College
Jordyn Vickers Rock Falls Rock Falls High School Evangel University
Ashley Padilla Springfield Lanphier High School Illinois College
Alice Zavelsky Springfield Springfield High School DePaul University
Anne Purnell St. Anne St. Anne Community High Illinois College
Annalyse Kohley St.Charles St. Francis High School University of Chicago

Connect with the scholarship winners at Explore and “like” Comcast in the community at  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—promoting community service, expanding digital literacy, and building tomorrow’s leaders.  Since its inception, the Comcast Foundation has donated more than $123 million to organizations in the communities nationwide that Comcast serves. More information about the Foundation and its programs is available at

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