The Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Program provides one-time $1,000 scholarships to high school seniors 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 opportunities to be prepared for the future, to engage youth in their communities and to demonstrate the importance of civic involvement and the value placed on civic involvement by the business community. Area awardees include Yasmine Mohammed Nur, Oluwatunmise Fawole, Malcolm Seals, Amane Wako and Barite Gutama.
Yasmine Mohammed Nur of north Minneapolis is a graduate of St. Paul Central High School. Nur was a member of the Multicultural Excellence Program and interns at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. She was a Post Secondary Enrollment Options-Student Association board member, and is the Public Relations Chair for the University of Minnesota's Black Student Union, while being a Gates Millennium Scholars Ambassador. Mohammed Nur received the Gates Millennium, Coca Cola, Presidential and Best Buy scholarships. She will attend the University of Minnesota to study marketing, Spanish, and design.
Brooklyn Park's Oluwatunmise Fawole graduated from Osseo High School. She was the 2012 Minnesota Girl's State Governor and gave the inaugural address to 344 Girl's State citizens and their parents. Fawole was the French Student of the Year, Harvard Prize Book recipient, National Achievement Scholarship Outstanding Participant and Advanced Placement Scholar with Honor. A tennis player, Fawole was also the captain of Junior Rotary and a member of the National Honor Society. She will attend the University of Pennsylvania to study biology.
Malcolm Seals is a graduate of Anoka High School. Seals was active in Students Together Are Responsible and in Spanish Club. He was captain of his football team, earning All Conference honors. Seals earned All Conference Honorable Mention in basketball and was an Academic All-State runner up. Seals will study education at Northern State University in Aberdeen, S.D.
New Hope's Amane Wako is a graduate of Robbinsdale Cooper High School. Wako volunteered at Project for Pride in Living, Brooklyn Park Library, Crestview Elementary School and New Hope Tobacco Free. She is assistant editor of the African Girls Club, involved with Link Crew, and member of the Ethiopian Club, National Honor Society and Trio Upward Bound. She received the school's Outstanding and Excellence Letter, Math Award, Community Service Award, and was Student of the Month. Wako will attend the University of Minnesota-Duluth to study accounting.
South Minneapolis' Barite Gutama is a graduate of Roosevelt High School. Gutama was active with Students in Action, for which she received the Jefferson Award of Public Service. She began Key Club/SIA and supported projects including UNICEF's Maternal Neo Natal Tetanus Elimination Project. Gutama also volunteered at Protecting You Protecting Me, Hennepin County Medical Center, food shelves, blood drives, and was a tutor at Franklin Library's Homework Hub. She was a member of the National Honor Society and Math Team, and was a Student Ambassador. In addition, she received the National Yale University Book Award. Gutama will attend St.Olaf College in Northfield and major in chemistry.
"Each year, we are excited to provide scholarships for these talented students," said Ralph Martinez, regional vice president of Comcast in the Twin Cities.
"Comcast seeks students who demonstrate leadership abilities in school activities and who reflect a strong commitment to community service. These students are our future leaders and we hope these scholarships will help to power their dreams for success."
Since the national program's inception in 1999, Comcast has provided scholarships to over 19,000 students totaling nearly $19 million. In the Twin Cities, Comcast started its student scholarship program in 2004 and to date has honored more than 340 students, awarding over $365,000.
More information about the foundation and its programs is available at www.comcast.com/community.