SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt., March 31, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Comcast NBCUniversal announced that it has awarded approximately $20,000 in scholarships for the 2017-18 school year to 12 Vermont students as part of its annual Leaders and Achievers® Scholarship Program. The program, funded by the Comcast Foundation, recognizes the best and brightest high school seniors for their community service, academic performance and leadership skills.  

«Our Leaders and Achievers Scholarship winners exemplify leadership and are committed to academic excellence and community service,» said Dan Glanville, Vice President of Government Affairs and Community Investment for Comcast’s Western New England Region, which includes Vermont. «We are honored to recognize their achievements, and excited to support them as they continue their educational journeys.»

Comcast, joined by Governor Phil Scott, House Speaker Mitzi Johnson, and a number of local officials, recognized the students at a special event held at the Vermont State House yesterday.  The twelve recipients each received $1,000 scholarships. One student, Jason Drebber, a resident of Woodstock and student at Woodstock Senior High School, was selected to receive an additional $9,000 Comcast Founders Scholarship – instituted in honor of Ralph J. Roberts, Founder and Chairman Emeritus of Comcast Corporation. In total, Comcast awarded $21,000 worth of scholarships in Vermont this year.

«It’s so important to support and encourage Vermont students, and provide them with the tools and experiences needed so they can go on to secure good jobs,» said Governor Phil Scott.  «I’m committed to prioritizing investments in areas that will grow our economy and give Vermonters greater opportunity, including a Cradle-to-Career education system, and appreciate that Comcast shares a commitment to developing our future leaders and helping them achieve their dreams of higher education.»

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 of civic involvement, and the value placed on civic involvement by the business community. 

Since 2007, Comcast has awarded nearly $200,000 in Leaders & Achievers Scholarships to 145 students in Vermont.  This year, the program will award more than $2 million in scholarships to more than 2,000 students across the country to help them pursue higher education.  Visit here to learn more.

The 12 Vermont students receiving scholarships include:
Reia Ashikawa, a resident of Arlington and student at Arlington Memorial High School
Brieonna Bassette, a resident of Williamstown and student at Randolph Technical Career Center in Randolph
Jason Drebber, a resident of Woodstock and student at Woodstock Senior High School
Reilly Duggan, a resident of Proctor and student at Proctor Senior High School
Jillian Flanders, a resident of Chittenden and student at Otter Valley Union High School in Brandon
Rachel Gervais, a resident of Colchester and student at Colchester High School
Danielle Marasa, a resident of Springfield and student at Springfield High School
McKenna Montminy, a resident of Morrisville and student at Peoples Academy in Morrisville
Lauren Morse, a resident of East Montpelier and student at U-32 High School in Montpelier
Brooke Raiche, a resident of West Rutland and student at West Rutland High School
Haeli Warren, a resident of South Hero and student at South Burlington High School
Meagan Wetherby, a resident of Richford and student at Richford Senior High School

About Comcast Corporation
Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA) is a global media and technology company with two primary businesses, Comcast Cable and NBCUniversal. Comcast Cable is one of the nation’s largest video, high-speed Internet and phone providers to residential customers under the XFINITY brand and also provides these services to businesses. NBCUniversal 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. Visit for more information.

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 has three community investment priorities—expanding digital literacy, promoting service, and building tomorrow’s leaders. Since its inception, the Comcast Foundation has donated more than $195 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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