PHILADELPHIA, PA –      The Comcast Foundation  announced that Danielle Welsh of Lansing, MI is one of the recipients of the 2005 Leaders and Achievers™ Scholarship Program.  Each of 1,328 students chosen were recognized on the basis of community service, leadership skills, positive attitude and academic achievement.  Danielle will receive a one-time grant of $1,000 that can be used toward the student’s pursuit of higher education.
     Danielle is a 2005 Graduate of J.W. Sexton High School and will be attending Michigan State University in the fall.  Danielle’s parents are Ruth Welch and David Welch, Jr. of Lansing.
     “It’s important to encourage our young people to develop leadership skills,” said Brian L. Roberts, Chairman and CEO, Comcast Corporation.  “They are our future business and community leaders.  We are pleased to recognize the tremendous impact that these young citizens have made in their schools and communities.”
    High school seniors attending schools in Comcast communities across the country were nominated for the scholarship program by their school principals.  The Leaders and Achievers™ Scholarship Program underscores the Comcast philosophy that young people should have every opportunity to achieve their potential, and should be motivated to be catalysts for positive change in their schools and communities. 
    “The Comcast Foundation Board wants young people in our communities to know that they have the power to effect positive change, and that we and the community at large value that contribution,” said Joseph W. Waz, Jr., President, The Comcast Foundation.  “We’re proud to continue to expand this program that recognizes the efforts of a growing number of individual students, all of whom are making a difference in their communities.”
    Since its inception in 2000, the Leaders and Achievers™ Scholarship Program has awarded more than $4.1 million dollars in scholarship grants to students in recognition of their service to their communities.
   The program is managed by Scholarship Program Administrators – an independent, not-for-profit organization that manages corporate and corporate foundation scholarship programs.