Comcast NBCUniversal announced it has awarded $45,000 in scholarships for the 2020-2021 school year to 18 Connecticut students, including Mary Elizabeth Butler from North Haven, as part of its annual Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Program.
Students are selected for their outstanding community service, academic performance and leadership skills. The award, funded by the Comcast NBCUniversal Foundation, is a one-time, $2,500 scholarship to be used toward undergraduate education-related expenses.
Butler will be studying business at St. John's University.
“Completing various community service activities has had such a profound effect on me,” Butler said. “It is very empowering to know that my actions can have a positive impact on others, even if it's just in a small way. Showing kindness and compassion to others really does make a difference.”
Since 2001, more than $34 million has been awarded to about 30,000 high school seniors across the country as part of the Leaders and Achievers program, including $800,000 to nearly 670 students in Connecticut.
“We are honored to recognize the amazing achievements of our Leaders and Achievers scholarship winners and to help them further their education,” said Dennis Mathew, senior vice president of Comcast’s Western New England Region, which is headquartered in Berlin. “They are top achievers in academics, leaders in the community and leaders among their peers. They represent our future, and Comcast NBCUniversal is proud to support them.”
Said Gov. Ned Lamont: “Congratulations to the Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship award winners. I appreciate that this scholarship recognizes academic achievement, leadership and community service, as these are important principles for success in college and beyond. I wish these students all the best on their journey.”