| June 09, 2011 | |
Comcast Recognizes 50 Local High School Seniors for Academic Achievement, Commitment to Community Service

HOUSTON, TX – (June 9, 2011) – The Comcast Foundation, founded in 1999 to provide charitable support to its local communities and to empower and enrich lives, today announced the 2011 recipients of its annual Leaders and Achievers® Scholarship Program.

“Each year, we are excited to provide scholarships for these talented students,” said Charisse Lille, vice president, Community Investment of Comcast Corporation and president of the Comcast Foundation.  “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 one-time $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 be prepared for the future, to engage youth in their communities, and to demonstrate the importance of civic involvement, and the value placed on civic involvement by the business community.

Local winners throughout the Greater Houston area have participated in a wide variety of community service activities, such as helping revitalize communities as part of mission work, mentoring and coaching younger students, volunteering at hospitals and participating in local blood, food and clothing drives.

“We want to help motivate young people to make a difference in the communities where we all live work and play,” said Doug Guthrie, senior vice president for Comcast’s Houston Region.  “As the cost of college continues to rise, we’re proud to present each of these young people with the Comcast Leaders and AchieversÒ Scholarship in recognition of their hard work and the leadership they have shown.”

One $5,000 Comcast Founder Scholarship will be awarded to a student recipient during the recognition ceremony.  Since the program’s inception there have been over 15,000 scholarship winners totaling more than $15.4 million.

Each year, Comcast works with high school principals, guidance counselors, and school administrators to select the scholarship recipients.  The program is managed by Scholarship Program Administrators – an independent, not-for-profit organization that manages corporate and corporate foundation scholarship programs.

Student First Name Student Last Name College High School Major
Michelle Vuong Texas State University-San Marcos Alief Kerr High School Biology
Aala Al Hasan Brown University Alief Taylor High School Anthropology
Cheyenne Stampley Lone Star College Alpha Academy Nursing
Thao Do Houston Baptist University Ball High School Chemistry
Teresa Nguyen University of Houston Bellaire High School Pharmacy
Leslie Ontiveros The University of Texas at San Antonio Brazosport High School Nursing
Haya Khan University of Houston Bush High School Undecided
Kristie Pittman University of Southern Mississippi C.E. King High School Biology
Lindsay Kutner The University of Texas Carnegie Vangaurd Communications
Martha Campuzano Lone Star College Carver High School Psychology
Brandon Villarreal University of Arkansas Cinco Ranch Business
Taj Sheikh The University of Texas at Austin Clear Brook Psychology
Kathrynne Garcia Stephen F Austin State University Clear Springs High School Film Arts
Brionne Doyle Texas Christian University Clements Psychology
Linda Okoli Baylor University Cypress Creek High School Biology
Ana Aguirre Texas A & M University Cypress Ranch Business, Management
Hannah Stouffer Hardin-Simmons University Dayton Physical Therapy
Jason Palfreyman Brigham Young University Dulles Business
Nancy Lara Texas A & M University East Early College Biology
Khiere Simmons The University of Texas Elkins Business, Management
Burabari Kponi The University of Texas at San Antonio Elsik Biomedical Engineering
Chastie Davis Sam Houston State University Empowerment Biology
Nate Kipping East Central University Foster Business
Vanessa Alejandro University of Houston Glenda Dawson High School Environmental Sciences
Destiny Davis Texas A & M University Houston Academy for International Studies Linguistics
Mark Kevin Majadas Texas State University Humble High School Physical Therapy
Domenica Delgado Rice University Incarnate Word Academy Humanities
Alex Fontes Texas A & M University-Corpus Christi Kingwood Park Geological Engineering
Mariam Junaid University of St. Thomas Klein Biochemistry & Biophysics
Brandon Valenta Texas A & M University Klein Collins Business
Kirby Gladstein Duke University Klein Forest Medicine
Cristian Cernov Texas A & M University Klein Oak Physics
Juan Zavala University of Houston Lamar Business
Raven Graves Rice University Lee Political Science
Andrea Salazar Roosevelt University Memorial Pre-Law
Brittany Phelps Texas A & M University Morton Ranch High School Biomedical Engineering
Chrestien Smith The University of Texas at San Antonio Nimitz Senior High School Pharmacy
Daniel George Ohio State University Northshore High School Biomedical Engineering
Josue Reyes Lamar University Sharpstown High School Computer & Information Sciences
Macie Pena Sam Houston State University South Houston High School Chemistry
Dillon Anders Blinn College Spring High School Agricultural Engineering
Belinda Owino The University of Texas at Austin St. Pius  X High School Film Arts
Elizabeth Emmanuel University of North Texas Technical Education Center Biochemistry
Mariah Berry University of Houston Terry High School Psychology
Reid Munger Texas A & M University The Woodlands College Park High School Animal Sciences
Stephanie Eisner University of Texas The Woodlands High School International Health
Carolina Torres University of Houston Victory Early College High School Business
Alexis Amos Baylor University Westfield High School Biology
Cindy Galo University of Houston Willowridge High School Optometry
Adriana Ramirez Washington & Jefferson College YES Prep Public Schools, SE Campus Undecided

About Comcast Foundation

The Comcast Foundation was founded by Comcast Corporation in June 1999 to provide charitable support to qualified non-profit 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 $90 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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Michael Bybee

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