Comcast awards 29 Philly students scholarships this week

Getting scholarship money for college almost always means extra pocket change for pizza, textbooks or for attending the frequent parties held on college campuses.

I'm sure the 29 Philadelphia high school seniors who each received $1,000 from Comcast this week will appreciate the extra cushion. These students will share an award of $184,000 with 145 other students across the Commonwealth in recognition of their leadership skills.

Gov. Corbett participated in the festivities yesterday, when he and Comcast officials, presented the students with checks at the State Museum of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg.

Some of the awardees, including Kelly Ca, 17, come as no surprise. Ca, the student body president at Masterman Middle School, is a high-performing student who delivered the opening address to President Obama's back-to-school speech last September. She was also named the district's Senior of the Year, an award sponsored by Home Depot.

The Comcast Foundation, founded in 1999 awards Pennsylvania high school seniors $1,000 scholarships through its annual Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Program. The program, one of the Comcast Foundation’s signature community investment programs, recognizes students’ leadership skills, academic achievement and commitment to community service.

The list of Philadelphia awardees are:

Fettlyne Appolon of Parkway Center City School; Octavius Blount of Roman Catholic High School; Matthew Brenman of Chestnut Hill Academy; Kelly Ca of Masterman School; Susan Casillo of MaST Community Charter School; Tanisha Clark of City Center Academy; Christlynn Dornevil of Murrell Dobbins CTE High School; Gabriella Eldridge of Randolph Technical High School; Tyrone Gary of Franklin Learning Center; Dominiq Gilyard of Constitution High School; Oscar Gonzalez of Nueva Esperanza Academy Charter School; Ryan Iles of International Christian High School; Stephanie Kelly of Ss. John Neumann and Maria Goretti High School.

Other winners include: Victoria Macatee of Saul High School; Manuel Martinez of Community Academy of Philadelphia Charter School; Danielle Mathis of Parkway West High School; Brenda Nguyen of Central High School; Jeanell Pankey of Motivation High School; Michael Rodriguez of Philadelphia Military Academy; Ashley Shields of Olney East High School; Kelly Smith of Philadelphia High School for Business and Technology; Joseph Tabasco of Girard Academic Music Program

Daniel Venditti of Franklin Towne Charter High School; Brittany Walker of Sayre High School; Ben Wall of Crefeld School; Stephanie Weicker of St. Hubert High School; Jeremy Whitaker of Freire Charter School; Danielle Wittreich of Philadelphia Academy Charter School; Melanie Young of Bodine International Affairs High School