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Comcast Names 2014 Central Illinois Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Recipients

Leaders and Achievers 2014
Comcast welcomed the Central Illinois Leaders and Achievers class of 2014 on Wednesday, May 21, at the Illinois Executive Mansion in Springfield.

Comcast and the Comcast Foundation announced the names of the 2014 “Leaders and Achievers Scholarship” recipients from Central Illinois today (see list of recipients below).  The scholarships are awarded to high school seniors who are viewed as catalysts for positive change in their communities, have solid academic records and serve as role models for their fellow students.  The program’s mission is to recognize those high school students who play an active role in and help others in their communities, motivate them to continue on their paths and encourage other students to work to improve their communities as well.  Recipients receive $1,000 grants to be used for college expenses.

“This year’s Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship recipients demonstrated a strong commitment to leadership in both their classrooms and their communities,” said John Crowley, Comcast’s Greater Chicago Region senior vice president. “Comcast is proud of the recipients and their achievements and thrilled we can provide support as they go on to college and the next phases of their lives.”

Marianne Manko, Anchor, WAND-TV, serving Central Illinois.
Marianne Manko, Anchor, WAND-TV, serving Central Illinois.

Recipients will be recognized at a ceremony hosted by Comcast at the Illinois Executive Mansion in Springfield on Wednesday, May 21.  WAND-TV news anchor Marianne Manko will serve as emcee for the event and speak to recipients and family members about the importance of helping others in their communities.

“We can’t thank Marianne enough for joining us again for the Leaders and Achievers Scholarship ceremony.  Not only is she an excellent host, she’s a role model for the recipients and a great example of someone who has a positive impact on and gives back to her community,” Crowley said.

Recipients will be recognized at a ceremony hosted by Comcast at the Illinois Executive Mansion in Springfield on Wednesday, May 21.  Since the 2001-2002 school year, Comcast has awarded nearly $20 million in scholarships to more than 19,000 recipients across the nation.  More than 160 students in Comcast’s Greater Chicago Region, which includes Illinois, northwest Indiana and southwest Michigan, will receive scholarships this year – 19 of this year’s recipients are from Central Illinois.

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.  Click here to learn more.

About Comcast Corporation

Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) is a global media and technology company with two primary businesses, Comcast Cable and NBCUniversal.  Comcast Cable is the nation’s largest video, high-speed Internet and phone provider to residential customers under the XFINITY brand and also provides these services to businesses.  NBCUniversal operates 30 news, entertainment and sports cable networks, the NBC and Telemundo broadcast networks, television production operations, television station groups, Universal Pictures and Universal Parks and Resorts.  Visit www.comcastcorporation.com for more information.

With more than 7,000 local employees, Comcast’s Greater Chicago Region (chicago.comcast.com) serves customers in central and northern Illinois, including the Chicago area, northwest Indiana and southwest Michigan.  “Like” Comcast’s Greater Chicago Region on Facebook by visiting Comcast of Illinois, NW Indiana and SW Michigan.  “Follow” Comcast’s Greater Chicago Region on Twitter at @ComcastIllinois.  Become an Xfinity VIP by texting XVIPFB to 47211 and get product updates and discounts on local events.

List of 2014 Central Illlinois Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Recipients (in alphabetical order by last name)

Name City High School Name
Samah Ahmed Champaign University Laboratory High School
Emily Bone Mt. Zion Mt. Zion High School
Leslee Chambers Champaign Judah Christian
Michelle Driscoll Urbana Urbana High School
Caitlin Haisler Peoria Peoria Notre Dame High School
Rachell Hinkamper Quincy Quincy Notre Dame High School
Haleigh Hoskins Peoria Peoria Christian School
Storm Joop Champaign The High School of Saint Thomas More
Kelly Lenz Knoxville Knoxville High School
Jordan Luczaj Mt. Pulaski Mt. Pulaski High School
Rachel Mencel Colchester West Prairie High School
Madison Miller Champaign Central High School
Emma Ngati Macomb Macomb Senior High School
Sara Regan Champaign Centennial High School
Theodore Roll Bloomington Normal Community High School
Terra Scranton Quincy Quincy Senior High School
Stephanie Southey Peoria Richwoods High School
Jessica Sullivan Washington Washington High School
Shaynah Woody Peoria Peoria High School

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