Congratulations to our 2017 Leaders & Achievers Scholarship Winners!

We’re overjoyed to have had the opportunity to honor 36 Utah high school seniors with $53,000 in college scholarships through the 2017 Comcast Leaders and Achievers® Scholarship Program last Tuesday, June 20th.

The Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Program provides one-time $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. This year, two of the students were surprised with $5,000 Comcast President’s scholarships, and one student was surprised with a $10,000 Comcast Founders Scholarship. The $5,000 scholarship winners included: Alyssa Baer from Olympus High School in Holladay and Natalie Mota Haro from Ridgeline High School in Millville. The $10,000 scholarship winner was Darcie Atoa from Mountain View High School in Orem

We also surprised five of the students with a laptop computer to use at college!

“Comcast is honored to recognize our Leaders & Achievers Scholarship winners for going above and beyond – both in their own achievements and for the greater good of their communities,” said Merlin Jensen, Area Vice President of Comcast Utah. “We wish each of them continued success and we congratulate their teachers and families for helping them excel.”

Rich Nelson, President of Utah Technology Council, was the keynote speaker at the Comcast Leaders and Achievers Ceremony which was held in the Rotunda of the Utah State Capitol.  Following the ceremony students and their families were taken on a tour of the Utah State Capitol.

The philosophy behind the program is to give young people every opportunity 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.

The Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Program was launched nationally in 2001, and Comcast has awarded nearly $26 million in scholarships to help nearly 25,000 high school students throughout the country to pursue their higher education goals.

“KUTV is a proud member of the community. It is our honor to be a part of the Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Program. We congratulate the graduates on their hard work and well deserved award, and we thank Comcast for letting us be a part of this very special day”,  said Holly Menino, Anchor/Report KUTV 2NEWS.

This year, the program will award more than $2 million in scholarships to more than 2,000 students across the country to help them pursue higher education. Visit here to learn more.


Merlin Jensen, Area Vice President, Comcast Utah Market, Senator Jani Iwamoto, Alyssa Baer from Olympus High School, Representative Patrice M. Arent, Holly Menino from KUTV News and Rich Nelson, President and CEO, Utah Technology Council.


Merlin Jensen, Area Vice President, Comcast Utah Market, Representative R. Curt Webb, Natalie Mota Haro from Ridgeline High School, Senator Peter C. Knudson, Holly Menino from KUTV News and Rich Nelson, President and CEO, Utah Technology Council.


Senator Margaret Dayton, Merlin Jensen, Area Vice President, Comcast Utah Market, Darci Atoa from Mountain View High School, Representative Brad M. Daw, Holly Menino from KUTV News and Rich Nelson, President and CEO, Utah Technology Council.

A complete list of the scholarship recipients and their associated high schools can be found below:

  • Darcie Atoa, Mountain View High School, Orem
  • Alyssa Baer, Olympus High School, Holladay
  • Natalie Mota Haro, Ridgeline High School, Millville
  • Cinthya Rodriguez, American Preparatory Academy, West Valley
  • Boon Price-Huish, Bountiful High School, Bountiful
  • Mitchell Frei, Clearfield High School, Clearfield
  • Ellisandra Cordova, Judge Memorial Catholic High, Salt Lake
  • Anna Jackson, Timpview High School, Provo
  • Debora Brito de Andrade, Ogden High School, Ogden
  • Tiffanee Bird, Tooele High School, Tooele
  • Jenny Nguyen, Intech Collegiate High School, North Logan
  • Brinley Nelson, Maple Mountain High School, Spanish Fork
  • Jonathan Tanner, American Leadership Academy, Spanish Fork
  • Gregory Sweetland, St. Joseph Catholic High, Ogden
  • Huy Nguyen, Meridian School, Springville
  • Michael O’Connor, Westlake High School, Saratoga Springs
  • Jacob Leeds, Roy High School, Roy
  • Yearmin De Leon, Taylorsville High School, Taylorsville
  • Aubrey Moedl, American Fork High School, American Fork
  • Jonathan Shipp, Timpanogos High School, Orem
  • Symone Hanagarne, Paradigm High, South Jordan
  • Somtochukwu Achebo, Mount Vernon Academy, Murray
  • Ardyn Ford, Highland High School, Salt Lake City
  • Anisa Dahir, Jordan Applied Tech, West Jordan
  • Ethan Kennan, Spectrum Academy, North Salt Lake
  • Ivy Begay, Granstville High School, Grantsville
  • Amy Miller, Lone Peak High School, Highland
  • Nathaniel Matis, Spanish For High School, Spanish Fork
  • Sophia Figueroa, Merit College Preparatory, Springville
  • Canyon Schmerse, Woods Cross High School, Wood Cross
  • Brianna Bernstein, Hillcrest High School, Midvale
  • Harris Baniissa, West High School, Salt Lake City
  • Tyson Hewlett, Bear River High School, Garland
  • Audrey Pozernick, Jordan High School, Sandy
  • Tiffany Ferrel, Bingham High School, South Jordan
  • Nicholas Bryan, Wasatch High School, Heber

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