Comcast Names 2015 Regional Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Recipients

Nearly 190 high school seniors in region recognized for academics, community service, being role models…

Leaders and AchieversComcast and the Comcast Foundation today announced the names of the 2015 “Leaders and Achievers Scholarship” recipients from the company’s Greater Chicago Region (GCR), which spans Illinois, Northwest Indiana and Southwest Michigan (full list of recipients below).  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 receive $1,000 grants to be used for college expenses.

“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.”

Zoraida Sambolin
NBC5 Chicago morning anchor Zoraida Sambolin will serve as emcee for the Leaders and Achievers Celebration.

Recipients will be recognized at a ceremony on Tuesday, May 5, at McCormick Place in Chicago.  NBC5 Chicago anchor Zoraida Sambolin will serve as emcee for the event and address recipients and family members about the importance of academics and serving others.

“Zoraida is a recognized leader in her field and in the region. “Crowley said. “We can’t thank Zoraida enough for making this year’s Leaders and Achievers Scholarship ceremony so special for the winners.”

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

About Comcast

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 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 for more information.

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List of 2015 Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Recipients

Norman Abbott Lansing IL
Anan Abu-Taleb Oak Park IL
Bruce Adams Bradley IL
Summer Adams Chicago IL
Oluwaferanmi Adeyemo Des Plaines IL
Michael Adisumarta Round Lake IL
Victoria Adomshick Wheaton IL
Ebere Agwuncha Westchester IL
Mark Allen Peoria Heights IL
Abigayle Ammon Dixon IL
David Anderson Elburn IL
Maren Anderson Good Hope IL
Vikram Anjur Aurora IL
Jim Ardis Peoria IL
Jim Arnold Indianapolis IN
Derek Austin Chicago IL
Jessica Bailey Chicago IL
Tim Baldermann New Lenox IL
Brittany Barajas Lansing IL
Laurie Barra Pekin IL
Frank Bart Wauconda IL
John Barth East Peoria IL
Anthony Beale Chicago IL
Jerold Beene Chicago IL
Ryan Behm Libertyville IL
Ciara Berry Oak Lawn IL
Julie Beyer McHenry IL
Joanna Bhasker Des Plaines IL
Bob Bielinski Wilmette IL
Jessica Bilea Chicago IL
Nandia Black Kildeer IL
Brett Blomberg Lincolnshire IL
David Boelk Mendota IL
Matthew Bogusz Des Plaines IL
Julia Bollwitt Bradley IL
Todd Bong Tremont IL
Jeffrey Braiman Buffalo Grove IL
Danny Brice Colchester IL
Sam Bricker Deerfield IL
Joe Broda Lisle IL
Colleen Brown Woodstock IL
Carrie Buhmann Hobart IN
Deborah Bullwinkel Villa Park IL
Krystal Bunch Niles MI
Mallory Burg Macomb IL
Jim Burke Dixon IL
Andrew Burkhart Antioch IL
Walter Burnett, Jr. Chicago IL
Kevin Burns Geneva IL
William Burns Chicago IL
Jalen Burse Park Forest IL
Sandra Bury Oak Lawn IL
Pete Buttigieg South Bend IN
Nolan Cabela Michigan City IN
Anthony Calderone Forest Park IL
George Cardenas Chicago IL
Alyssa Carl Galesburg IL
Haley Carpenter Gurnee IL
Jacobi Cashier Buchanan MI
Thomas Cauley, Jr. Hinsdale IL
Hayley Cessna Spring Valley IL
Mike Chamberlain Belvidere IL
Trace Chase Johnsburg IL
Hamza Chaudhary Chicago IL
Yu-An Chen Morton Grove IL
Samuel Choi Chicago IL
Stephanie Chou Chatham IL
Roger Claar Bolingbrook IL
Jacob Clark Champaign IL
Michael Collins Plainfield IL
Kayla Cooper Chicago IL
Jon Costas Valparaiso IN
Michael Cross Jr. Country Club Hills IL
Destiny Cunningham Decatur IL
Gina Cunningham-Picek Woodridge IL
Samantha Czyz Mishawaka IN
Brittany Daniels Chicago IL
Rachel Danso Romeoville IL
Janeise Davis Calumet City IL
Tatianna Davis Chicago IL
Alejandro De Leon Chicago IL
Don DeGraff South Holland IL
Amy Devitt Mendota IL
Estefania Diaz Addison IL
Susana Diaz Chicago IL
James Dillion West Peoria IL
Daniel DiMaria Morton Grove IL
Jim Discipio La Grange Park IL
Pat Dowell Chicago IL
Joe Doyle Michigan City IN
Richard Duran Peotone IL
Michael Einhorn Crete IL
Caitlin Elliott Urbana IL
Dan Elsasser Mt. Morris IL
Nina Epstein Kankakee IL
Adam Essling Elburn IL
Daniella Feijoo Wauconda IL
Staci Ficht Markham IL
Robert Filec North Riverside IL
Mariah Ford Chicago IL
Orlanda Ford Chicago IL
Gianna Formica Oak Lawn IL
Matthew Foundos Highland IN
Michelle Franch West Chicago IL
James Fuhrer Mt. Pulaski IL
Juan Ganum Bridgman MI
Emilio Garcia Chicago IL
Melissa Garcia Burnham IL
Samantha Garcia Glendale Heights IL
Stacy Garrard Manhattan IL
Alexandra Gary Orland Park IL
Don Gerard Champaign IL
Keith Giagnorio Lombard IL
Jamanni Gibson West Peoria IL
Jim Gitz Freeport IL
Richard Gonigam Sleepy Hollow IL
David Gonzalez Chicago Heights IL
Fred Gougler Northfield IL
Tom Gray Chatham IL
E. Gene Greable Winnetka IL
Kionte Green Chicago IL
Michael Gresk Wheaton IL
Sofia Grimsgard Valparaiso IN
Adeline Grootendorst Coloma MI
Leslie Hairston Chicago IL
Moe-Myint Han Tinley Park IL
David Hanks Sauk Village IL
Jim Hansen South Elgin IL
Larry Hanson Antioch IL
Empress Harris Broadview IL
Michelle Harris Chicago IL
Bob Hausler Plano IL
Thomas Hayes Arlington Heights IL
Hubert Hermanek Jr North Riverside IL
Lakota Hernandez Pekin IL
Edwin Hettermann Johnsburg IL
Mike Houston Springfield IL
Michael Howley Hickory Hills IL
Diante Hughes Chiago IL
Michael Inman Macomb IL
Linda Jackson Glendale Heights IL
Jennifer Jasper Bridgman MI
Aditi Jha Lisle IL
Julisa Jimenez Chicago IL
Aaliyah Johnson Markham IL
Craig Johnson Elk Grove Village IL
Sherman Jones Broadview IL
Aaron Kamel Chicago IL
Allen Kauffman Goshen IN
Jesper Ke St Joseph MI
James Kellock Peoria Heights IL
Ashley Kelly Kankakee IL
Nora Kelly South Bend IN
Shahbaz Khan Savoy IL
Leena Khoury Des Plaines IL
Harry Klein Burbank IL
Chris Koos Normal IL
Griffin Kopecky Springfield IL
Kristina Kovarik Gurnee IL
Abigail Kragt Goshen IN
Steve Landek Bridgeview IL
Lisset Larios Chicago IL
Al Larson Schaumburg IL
Margaret Laurino Chicago IL
Jenna Lawler Bourbonnais IL
Brian LeClercq Oswego IL
Justin Lee Geneva IL
Skip Lee Sterling IL
Yujin Lee Wilmette IL
Robert Lee, Jr. Berkeley IL
Elise Lemp Hoffman Estates IL
Steve Lentz Mundelein IL
Richard Lewis St Joseph MI
Pengyu Li Champaign IL
Kelsey Linnig Lombard IL
Riley Litwiller Tremont IL
Jennifer Lopez Plano IL
Robert Lovero Berwyn IL
Susan Low McHenry IL
Madison Lozanoski Hinsdale IL
Sandy Lu Chicago IL
Carlos Luna Chicago IL
Jessica Luvianos Waukegan IL
Daniel MacGillis Round Lake IL
Ali Mahmoud Burbank IL
Monika Malinowski Village of Lakewood IL
Olivia Malone Plainfield IL
Marty Maloney Park Ridge IL
Michael Marcucci Arlington Heights IL
Walt Marini Spring Valley IL
Michelle Markiewicz Qualkinbush Calumet City IL
Erika Martinez Chicago IL
Mathis Mateus Belvidere IL
Thomas Matysik Downers Grove IL
Emma Maxwell Evanston IL
Marilynn May River Grove IL
Jacob McArtor Malta IL
Robert McCleary Savoy IL
Cordarius McClendon Chicago IL
Constance McCullah Country Club Hills IL
Michael McElroy Decatur IL
Dan McLaughlin Orland Park IL
William McLeod Hoffman Estates IL
Ron Meer Michigan City IN
Grace Melon Oak Park IL
Sarah Menke La Porte IN
Debbie Meyers-Martin Olympia Fields IL
Catherine Miller Lake Zurich IL
Blair Milo LaPorte IN
Dave Mingus East Peoria IL
Amal Mir Hickory Hills IL
Kenzie Mocogni McHenry IL
Gabriella Moline Crete IL
Dyese Moody Country Club Hills IL
David Moore Chicago IL
Joseph Moore Chicago IL
Ryan Morrison Chicago IL
Larry Morrissey Rockford IL
Wayne Motley Waukegan IL
Ricardo Muñoz Chicago IL
Alexis Murillo Chicago IL
Francis Murray Oak Lawn IL
Murjanatu Mutuwa Cedar Lake IN
Caitlin Nagle Arlington Heights IL
Ria Nair Naperville IL
Ryan Neligan Crown Point IN
Windy Nguyen Chicago IL
Lauren Nidea Granger IN
John Noak Romeoville IL
Daisy Oceguera Oswego IL
David O’Connell St. Anne IL
Samuel Oh Kildeer IL
Maria Ortega Chicago IL
Matthew O’Shea Chicago IL
John Ostenburg Park Forest IL
John Ostenburg Park Forest IL
Bansi Padalia Woodridge IL
Joseph Palasek Wheaton IL
Rey Dominick Paranal Bolingbrook IL
Virang Patel New Buffalo MI
Barrett Pedersen Franklin Park IL
Togianna Pempilton Freeport IL
Azia Perkins Richton Park IL
Edwenna Perkins Maywood IL
Stephen Pickett Sleepy Hollow IL
Ruben Pineda West Chicago IL
Marissa Politano Tinley Park IL
Robert Polk Burnham IL
Tyler Portis Chicago IL
Thomas Poynton Lake Zurich IL
John Pritchard Galesburg IL
Laurel Prussing Urbana IL
Kelsey Pudlas Mount Morris IL
Sam Pulia Westchester IL
Nunzio Pulice Wood Dale IL
Godson Raheem Sauk Village IL
Ricardo Ramirez Chicago IL
Carlos Ramirez-Rosa Chicago IL
Z’iara Randolph Chicago IL
Ray Regina St. Charles IL
Richard Reinbold Richton Park IL
Tari Renner Bloomington IL
John Rey DeKalb IL
Montserrat Ricossa South Elgin IL
Analicia Rios Crown Point IN
Ed Ritter Carpentersville IL
Martin Roman Chicago IL
Daniel Rooney Chicago IL
Tom Rooney Rolling Meadows IL
Harriet Rosenthal Deerfield IL
Nathan Rourke Bartlett IL
Prentiss Royston Chicago IL
Ciera Ruffin Peoria IL
Aaron Ruiz Berwyn IL
Sharon Rybak Midlothian IL
Nicholas Sabatini New Lenox IL
Brian Sager Woodstock IL
Stephen Sakowicz Park Ridge IL
Daniela Salazar De Luna Aurora IL
Zoriada Sambolin
Jeremy Sands Skokie IL
Roderick Sawyer Chicago IL
Jordan Schiff Northfield IL
Katherine Schneider Arlington Heights IL
Madeline Schneider Schaumburg IL
Paul Schore Bourbonnais IL
Kira Sears Naperville IL
Benjamin Sells Riverside IL
Aaron Shepley Crystal Lake IL
Debra Silverstein Chicago IL
Leah Smit Griffith IN
Emerald Smith Chicago IL
Erin Smith Lakewood IL
Fawn Smith
Kelsey Smith Lawrence MI
Kody Smith Michigan City IN
Brian Snedecor Hobart IN
James Snyder Portage IN
Danny Solis Chicago IL
Frank Soto Bensenville IL
Thomas Stone, Sr. Oregon IL
Arielle Strauss River Grove IL
Robert Straz Palos Heights IL
Joseph Tamburino Hillside IL
Rhett Taylor Grayslake IL
Joseph Thompson Chicago IL
Nicole Thompson Oswego IL
Elizabeth Tisdahl Evanston IL
Madelyn To Bloomington IL
Sabrina Tong Skokie IL
Fernando Tovar Waukegan IL
Isabel Trumbull Chicago IL
Martin Tully Downers Grove IL
Rachael Turffs Dixon IL
David Uran Crown Point IN
Cristian Uribe Chicago IL
Maria Valenzuela Chicago IL
George Van Dusen Skokie IL
Phillip VanZale Chicago IL
Destinie Vara Chicago IL
Haley Vaughan Mt. Pulaski IL
Patricia Vazquez Hillside IL
Richard Veenstra Addison IL
Yessica Velazquez Chicago IL
Kevin Wallace Bartlett IL
Stevie Wallace Chicago IL
Toure Wallace Chicago IL
David Webb Jr. Markham IL
Tom Weisner Aurora IL
Dwight Welch Country Club Hills IL
Terry Weppler Libertyville IL
Renee Wesley Wood Dale IL
Elijah White South Bend IN
Ryan Wiebe St John IN
TaShambra Williams Chicago IL
Victoria Williamson Chicago IL
James Wilson Malta IL
Jesse Wilson Berkeley IL
Alicia Wood Portage IN
Dave Wood Mishawaka IN
Matthew Young Chicago IL
Ed Zabrocki Tinley Park IL
Michael Zalewski Chicago IL
Gerri Zhang Chicago IL
Allison Zimmerman Rockford IL
Christina Zylius Oak Lawn IL

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