James Logan High School senior Janet Leung knows that hard work can pay off—literally.
On June 15, on the steps of the California State Capitol in Sacramento, Leung and 119 other high school seniors from acros the state were honored with the 2011 Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship.
The scholarships—worth $1,000 each—reward students who exhibit strong leadership skills and an outstanding commitment to community service.
A total of 190 students were chosen as recipients of the prizes, with 120 attending Wednesday’s ceremony. The winning students represent 104 different cities and 30 counties from across the state.
Elected officials were on hand to celebrate the students' accomplishments, along with representatives from Comcast Cable, the sponsors of the scholarship program.
Comcast distributed a total of $210,000 in scholarships during the event.
In addition to the $1,000 awards, two specially selected students were surprised with $10,000 scholarships. A raffle was also held to give away 20 laptop computers to 20 students among the 190 entries. The students and their families were also treated to a tour of the State Capitol and the California Museum of Women and the Arts.
The Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Program recognizes high school seniors for their leadership skills, positive attitude, academic achievement and various community service activities, according to Comcast’s Bryan Byrd.
In the year 2011 alone, the program awarded more than $2.1 million in endowments, recognizing more than 2,100 high school students across the country. Since the program’s inception in 2001, over $15.4 million in college aid has been bestowed upon more than 15,000 high school seniors.
Visit www.comcast.com/inthecommunity for more information on the program.