The Comcast Foundation, founded in 1999 to provide charitable support to its local communities and to empower and enrich lives, awarded four Atlanta Public Schools graduates with its annual Leaders and Achievers 2013 Scholarship.
“Through Leaders and Achievers, Comcast takes great pride in awarding scholarship dollars to Georgia’s best and brightest high school seniors,” said Comcast’s Big South Region Vice President of Government and Community Affairs Andy Macke. “These students have proven to be leaders in both the classroom and the community through their ongoing commitment to service and academic excellence. Comcast wants to not only award these young leaders, but also further encourage them to cultivate their skills, talents and work ethic with higher education to achieve their full potential.”
The Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Program provides one-time $1000 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.
Since the scholarship program’s inception, there have been over 19,000 scholarship winners totaling more than $19 million. The Atlanta 2013 Leaders and Achievers Scholarship winners from APS are:
Demetria Trammell (Vanderbilt University)- School of the Arts at Carver
Divine Butts (Syracuse University)- Jackson High School
Johnathan Mitchell (Georgia Tech)- Mays High School
Kornelius Taylor (Southern Polytechnic State University)- Douglass High School
Additionally, as a scholarship recipient and a star baseball player at Mays, Johnathan Mitchell was also selected to throw the first pitch at a Braves game against the World Series Champions this summer. Congratulations to all of the scholarship recipients on their academic achievements!