Comcast Provides 36 Utah Students with $60,000 in College Scholarships

Scholarship Program Honors Emerging Leaders

SALT LAKE CITY--()--The Comcast Foundation, founded in 1999 to provide charitable support to its local communities and to empower and enrich lives, honored the 2015 Utah recipients of its annual Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Ceremony at the Utah State Capitol Rotunda today.

Comcast provided 36 Utah students with $60,000 in college scholarships through the 2015 Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Program. Ten of the winning students were also given a laptop computer to use at college.

“These students are our future leaders and we are excited to award them scholarships,” said Merlin Jensen, Area Vice President of Operations for Comcast. “Comcast awards scholarships to students who demonstrate leadership abilities in school activities, reflect a strong commitment to community service and have high academic standards. We hope the scholarships will help these students as they pursue their dreams for success.”

Lieutenant Governor Spencer Cox was the keynote speaker at the Comcast Leaders and Achievers Ceremony which was held at the Utah State Capitol Rotunda. Following the ceremony students and their families were taken on a tour of the State Capitol building.

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. This year, four of the students were surprised with $5,000 President's scholarships, and one student was surprised with a $10,000 Founder scholarship at the ceremony. The $5,000 scholarship winners included Natalie Lefrandt from American Fork High School, Jess Gillman from Wasatch High School, Robert Buckley from Skyline High School and Keaton Wall from Bountiful High School. The $10,000 scholarship winner was Isabel Torres from Rowland Hall.

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.

The Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Program was launched nationally in 2001, and Comcast has awarded nearly $22.8 million in scholarships to help nearly 23,000 high school students throughout the country to pursue their higher education goals.


2015 Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Recipients

Student     High School     City
Alexandria Hawley     Fremont High School     Farr West
Ana Daniela Soto     Granger High School     West Valley City
Baylee Smith     Bingham High School     South Jordan
Carlos Lopez     Syracuse High School     Syracuse
Catherine Havens     Payson High School     Payson
Claudia Loayza     Herriman High School     South Jordan
Esther Parker     Cottonwood High School     Salt Lake City
Evelin Nunez     Hunter High School     West Valley City
Gabriel Freeman     Juan Diego Catholic High School     Draper
Isabel Torres     Rowland Hall     Layton
Jacob Warner     Lone Peak High School     Alpine
Jesse Gillman     Wasatch High School     Heber City
Jesus Robles     American Preparatory Academy     West Valley
Johnson Huynh     Academy for Math, Engineering & Science     Salt Lake City
Joshua White     Jordan Applied Tech     South Jordan
Keaton Wall     Bountiful High School     Bountiful
Kellie Heder     Tooele High School     Tooele
Malia Pena     Utah County Academy of Sciences     Cedar Hills
Melissa Ivie     Copper Hills High School     West Jordan
Micah Payan     Layton Christian Academy     Kaysville
Michael Conn     Roy High School     Roy
Muhammed Kariparduc     Beehive Science & Tech Academy     Sandy
Nahomi Jimenez     Hillcrest High School     Sandy
Natalie Lefrandt     American Fork High School     American Fork
Natasha Aguilar     Northern Utah Academy for Math, Engineering and Science     West Point
Nicole Arteaga     West High School     Salt Lake City
Quinn Graves     Park City High School     Park City
Robert Buckley     Skyline High School     Sandy
Samira Gholami     Bonneville High School     Ogden
Samuel Ahanonu     West Jordan High School     West Jordan
Sarah Winder     Stansbury High School     Stansbury Park
Sarah Farnsworth     Alta High School     Draper
Simon Davies     Intech Collegiate High School     Logan
Tamerra Sedacy     Ben Lomond High School     Ogden
Xiadani Varela     Kearns High School     Salt Lake City
Zachary Scott     Summit Academy High School     Holladay

About the 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’s focus areas are volunteerism, literacy, and youth leadership development. Since its inception, the Comcast foundation has donated more than $64 million to organizations in the communities nationwide that Comcast serves. More information about the Foundation and its programs is available at


Comcast Foundation
Ray Child, 801-401-3277
Cell: 801-831-0021


Comcast Foundation
Ray Child, 801-401-3277
Cell: 801-831-0021