Comcast NBCUniversal Awards More than $190,000 in Scholarships to High School Seniors in Region

Leaders and Achievers group photo on large outdoor steps

Comcast’s Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Program Recognizes Students’ Achievements Both In and Out of the Classroom

June 6, 2019 – Comcast NBCUniversal today announced that it has awarded $192,000 in 2019-2020 “Leaders and Achievers” scholarships to 72 students in its Greater Chicago Region, which includes Central and Northern Illinois, Northwest Indiana and Southwest Michigan. 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 for undergraduate education-related expenses.

“Leaders and Achievers scholarship winners are not only committed to academic excellence, they understand the importance of service and volunteerism and are leaders in their communities,” said John Crowley, Comcast’s regional senior vice president. “We’re honored to recognize their achievements and proud to support them as they continue their educational journeys.”

Comcast recognized scholarship recipients today at a special event at Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry. Four recipients in attendance received $3,000 Comcast Founders Scholarships, in addition to their Leaders and Achievers scholarships.  The Founders Scholarships are named in honor of Ralph J. Roberts, Comcast Corporation’s Founder and Chairman Emeritus.

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.

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.

Visit here to learn more about the program.

About Comcast Corporation

Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA) is a global media and technology company with three primary businesses:  Comcast Cable, NBCUniversal, and Sky.  Comcast Cable is one of the United States’ largest video, high-speed internet, and phone providers to residential customers under the Xfinity brand, and also provides these services to businesses.  It also provides wireless and security and automation services to residential customers under the Xfinity brand.  NBCUniversal is global and 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.  Sky is one of Europe’s leading media and entertainment companies, connecting customers to a broad range of video content through its pay television services.  It also provides communications services, including residential high-speed internet, phone, and wireless services.  Sky operates the Sky News broadcast network and sports and entertainment networks, produces original content, and has exclusive content rights.  Visit for more information.

With more than 6,000 local employees, Comcast’s Greater Chicago Region ( 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. “Follow” Comcast’s Greater Chicago Region on Twitter at @ComcastIllinois.

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

2019 Comcast Greater Chicago Region Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Recipients

Tinuola Adebukola Whitney M. Young Magnet High School Chicago IL
Fiza Amanji John Hersey High School Mt. Prospect IL
Amber Anderson Kenwood Academy Chicago IL
Elisa Arce Larkin High School Elgin IL
Rebecca Bargamian Antioch Community High School Antioch IL
Mary Beatty Plymouth High School Plymouth IN
Nicole Beulah South High School, District 99 Downers Grove IL
Hannah Brennan Lindblom Math and Science Academy Chicago IL
Kennedy Brown Lindblom Math and Science Academy Chicago IL
Zakia Buchanan Harlem High School Machesney Park IL
Grace Burge Brandywine High School Niles MI
Madeline Buss Joliet Catholic Academy Joliet IL
Yahaira Chavez East Aurora High School Aurora IL
Brandon Christopher Streamwood High School Streamwood IL
Kailey Connors Harry D. Jacobs High School Algonquin IL
Laura Davalos Jones College Prep Chicago IL
Keyana Diaz Waukegan High School Waukegan IL
Haven Evans Chicago High School for the Arts Chicago IL
Jakob Forsythe John Adams High School South Bend IN
Kai Garris Homewood Flossmoor Flossmoor IL
Morgan Gillespie Lakes Community High School Lake Villa IL
Leah Grehan Normal Community West High School Normal IL
Brianna Gutierrez Hoffman Estates High School Hoffman Estates IL
Daniel Heredia Hammond High School Hammond IN
Jocelyn Hernandez Richard T. Crane Medical Prep Chicago IL
Jessica Herrera J. Sterling Morton East High School Cicero IL
Kyra Horton Gary Comer College Prep Chicago IL
Seth Huisenga Victor J. Andrew High School Tinley Park IL
Alexis Hull Bogan High School Chicago IL
Lauren Johnson Tremont High School Tremont IL
Emma Joseph St. Francis High School  Wheaton IL
Delaney Kelly Peotone High School Peotone IL
Isaaq Khader Intrinsic Schools Chicago IL
Connor Kulp Goshen High School Goshen IN
Nicole Lach Maine East High School Park Ridge IL
Sunny Li Mather High School Chicago IL
Avion Lopez Walter Peyton College Prep Chicago IL
Aylene Lopez Schaumburg High School Schaumburg IL
Carla Maya Prosser Career Academy Chicago IL
Dianna Mcgee Chicago Vocational Career Academy Chicago IL
Rhema Mcgee Gwendolyn Brooks College Prepatory Chicago IL
Olivia Milani Lane Tech High School Chicago IL
Amatullah Mir Aqsa School Bridgeview IL
Karter Moore South Shore International Chicago IL
Adan Mulvaney Taft Hight School Chicago IL
Cynthia Ni Macomb Senior High School Macomb IL
Kylie Nichols Mount Zion High School Mt. Zion IL
Isaiah Owens Hyde Park Academy Chicago IL
Cooper Peterson Glenwood High School Chatham IL
Gabriella Piscopo Addison Trail High School Addison IL
Faith Provost Bishop McNamara Kankakee IL
Matthew Reidy Brother Rice High School Chicago IL
Chelsye Roberts Thea Bowman Leadership Academy Gary IN
Fernanda Robles Concord Community High School Elkhart IN
D’Varsiya Rush Kenwood Academy High School Chicago IL
Deja Scott Bloom Trail High School Chicago Heights IL
Kayla Seck Sacred Heart-Griffin High School Springfield IL
Kacie Sellars Lockport Township High School Lockport IL
Sophia Soltwedel Quincy Senior High School Quincy IL
Faith Spencer Hobart High School  Hobart IN
Elizabeth Stanton Grayslake Central High School Grayslake IL
Bryleigh Towell Rochester Community High School Rochester IN
Vanessa Triplett Galesburg High School Galesburg IL
Jalin Turman Thornton Fractional South High School Lansing IL
Barry Varley Carl Sandburg High School Orland Park IL
Nayeli Villavicencio Guaman Lyons Township High School LaGrange IL
Marco Villegas Morton West High School Berwyn IL
Alexis Wawryniuk Noble Street College Prep Chicago IL
Emma Wilkins Schlarman Academy Danville IL
Yusuf Zahurullah Auburn High School Rockford IL
Anthony Zakic St. Laurence High School Burbank IL
Elizabeth Zazycki Oak Park River Forest High School Oak Park IL

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