San Mateo Student to Be Honored at State Capitol Thursday

A San Mateo student will receive a college scholarship from Comcast in a special presentation at the State Capitol this Thursday.

A high school student from San Mateo will be among the 180 being honored with college scholarships at the State Capitol this Thursday.

For one afternoon, discussions of California’s budget problems and educational cuts will be put on hold as elected officials join Comcast in a celebration of education on the steps of the California State Capitol. State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson is expected to be in attendance, and it is possible Gov. Jerry Brown will be able to attend, in addition to high-ranking executives from Comcast and the Comcast Foundation.

Comcast will distribute $200,000 in scholarships at the special recognition ceremony saluting the 180 California high school seniors from 32 counties who have won a 2012 "Comcast Leaders and Achievers" scholarship of $1,000.                         

San Mateo's Lesley Chiang of is among this year's winners.

In addition, two lucky students will be surprised with $10,000 scholarships, and 25 of the winning students will have their name drawn to receive a Netbook computer to use at college.  T

The students and their families will also receive a tour of the State Capitol and the California Museum of Women and the Arts. 

For a complete list of California’s 2012 Scholarship recipients, visit the Comcast website.


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carla July 21, 2012 at 12:59 AM
What did Chiang do to achieve this honor?
Jennifer van der Kleut July 21, 2012 at 03:22 AM
Hi Carla! According to Comcast's website, there is an application/nomination period each year. Comcast says they give out the scholarships "because we want to motivate young people to achieve their potential, to be involved in their schools, and to be catalysts for positive change in their communities. The Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Program recognizes students who exemplify these ideals - and who serve as models for their fellow students." Hope that helps! If you go to the link in the story you should be able to find out even more.


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