The Comcast Foundation, as part of its commitment to provide charitable support to local communities and to empower and enrich lives, is awarding $1,000 scholarships to five Arkansas high school seniors through its annual Leaders and Achievers® scholarship program. Of the five, one student lives in Sherwood with the second pupil residing in North Little Rock. One of the Foundation’s signature community investment initiatives, the program recognizes students’ leadership skills, academic achievement and commitment to community service. This year’s local Comcast Leaders and Achievers scholarship recipients for Arkansas are:

• Shayla Evans, of Sherwood, who attends North Pulaski High School;

• Grant Strobel of North Little Rock, who attends North Little Rock High School-West Campus.

To recognize the students for their accomplishments, FOX16 news anchor Donna Terrell delivered a special inspirational address at a luncheon event on April 30 for the scholarship recipients and their families at Comcast’s Little Rock facility.

The Comcast Leaders and Achievers 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 nearly $19 million to nearly 19,000 Leaders and Achievers Scholarship winners.