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Comcast Names 68 Leaders and Achievers(R) Scholarship Recipients in Oregon & SW Washington

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The Comcast Foundation today announced the 2015-16 recipients of its annual Leaders and Achievers(R) Scholarship Program awards.

“We are honored to recognize the accomplishments of our 68 Leaders and Achievers Scholarship winners. They exemplify leadership and show great commitment to academic excellence and community service,” said Rodrigo Lopez, regional senior vice president of Comcast Oregon & SW Washington. “We are excited to support them as they enter their next chapters in education.”

Sixty-eight Oregon and Southwest Washington high school seniors will be awarded $1,000 scholarships. Comcast is honoring the students at a recognition celebration beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 30 at the Portland World Trade Center: 121 SW Salmon St. #2 Portland, OR 97204. At the celebration, three students will receive additional Comcast Founder’s scholarships, two for $4,000 and one for $9,000 which will bring the total awards to those winners to $5,000 and $10,000 respectively. Fifteen students will also receive iPad minis to help with their studies. Honored students and guests will hear from Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum.

The Comcast Leaders and Achievers(R) Scholarship Program provides $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 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.

To date, Comcast has awarded more than $22.8 million to nearly 23,000 Leaders and Achievers Scholarship winners.


Portland Metro Area (30)

Student Name High School High School City
Brian Alexander Tualatin High School Tualatin
Seth Berdahl Forest Grove High School Forest Grove
Alison Brennan St. Mary’s Academy Portland
Elliot Cahn Central Catholic High School Portland
Sapir Dorfman Aloha High School Beaverton
Kayden Echols Century High School Hillsboro
Kiley Gersch Sherwood High School Sherwood
Alison Hamilton Springfield High School Springfield
Andro Kaldas Gresham High School Gresham
Greer Klepacki Beaverton High School Beaverton
Eleno Llanos The NAYA Early College Academy Portland
Kristy Lu Parkrose High School Portland
Makenna McMillen Wilson High School Portland
Claudia Monroy-Benitez Roosevelt High School Portland
Dominique Mossman Glencoe High School Hillsboro
Isis-Dominique Navarro Sam Barlow High School Gresham
Brya Patterson Jefferson High School Portland
Sang Tzun Phan Centennial High School Gresham
Naomi Sakaguchi Tigard High School Tigard
Kiele Schneckloth Sunset High School Portland
Stella Sonu Southridge High School Beaverton
Stephanie Stamnes Wilsonville High School Wilsonville
Conor Stewart Reynolds High School Troutdale
Patricia Torvalds Riverdale High School Portland
Victoria Trinh De La Salle North Catholic High School Portland
Emily Vandehey Banks High School Banks
Melissa Vu Benson Polytechnic High School Portland
Emma Waibel West Linn High School West Linn
Emma Woodburn Franklin High School Portland
Huitzil Zamudio Liberty High School Hillsboro

McMinnville Area (4)

Student Name High School High School City
Reagan Call Newberg High School Newberg
Alec DeMarco McMinnville High School McMinnville
Joanna Kubes Dayton High School Dayton
Rebekah McKinley McKinley Home School Newberg

Corvallis/Albany Area (7)

Student Name High School High School City
Austin Barton West Albany High School Albany
Danielle Gerding Philomath High School Philomath
Logan Howell Corvallis High School Corvallis
Allen Huang Crescent Valley High School Corvallis
Tyler Kelsch South Albany High School Albany
Rachel Thompson Lebanon High School Lebanon
Jennifer Worotikan Santiam Christian High School Corvallis

Salem Area (5)

Student Name High School High School City
Mayra Ceja Garibay North Salem High School Salem
Jasmine Ernest McNary High School Keizer
Holli Jones Chemawa Indian School Salem
Nam Le McKay High School Salem
Sarah Maberry West Salem High School Salem

Eugene/Springfield Area (7)

Student Name High School High School City
Ryan Adams Sweet Home High School Sweet Home
Jada Allender Henry D Sheldon High School Eugene
Robert Beckley Churchill High School Eugene
Reagan Call Newberg High School Newberg
Allison Cook Willamette High School Eugene
Kathleen Lively Thurston High School Springfield
McKenna Straube Junction City High School Junction City

Southwest Washington (15)

Student Name High School High School City
Hannah Ballo Hockinson High School Brush Prairie
Cara Caldwell Robert A Long High School Longview
Jamie Ferris Prairie High School Battle Ground
Bryce Hackett Columbia River High School Vancouver
Nolan Henry Union High School Camas
Wendy Hsei Fort Vancouver High School Vancouver
Camille Jeschke Ridgefield High School Ridgefield
Thomas Matthews Camas High School Camas
Laura McDonnell Skyview High School Vancouver
Hannah McNeal La Center High School La Center
Jazzmine Rowland Kalama Junior Senior High School Kalama
Amber Simonson Kelso High School Kelso
Rebecca Steele Vancouver School of Arts and Academics Vancouver
Kyle Swanson Homelink River Battle Ground
Marina Yanchuk Battle Ground High School Battle Ground

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The Comcast Leaders and Achievers(R) Scholarship Program is one of the many ways that Comcast gives back to the communities we serve. Click here to learn more.

About the Comcast Foundation

The Comcast Foundation was founded by Comcast Corporation in June 1999 to provide charitable support to qualified nonprofit 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 $162 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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