ST. PAUL, MN (May 30, 2014) — The Comcast Foundation announced that eight Asian-American seniors have been named 2014 recipients of the company’s annual Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Program.
The Comcast Foundation was started in 1999 to provide charitable support to local communities and to empower and enrich lives across the country. Honored for their leadership, academic achievement and community service, the winning seniors will be recognized at a special Leaders and Achievers Scholarship reception to be held at the Saint Paul Hotel, June 26, at 11:30 a.m.
“We are excited and honored to provide scholarships for these talented students,” said Jeff Freyer, Comcast – Twin Cities regional vice president. “Comcast looks for students who have demonstrated a commitment to leadership, academics and giving back to the community throughout their school years. These are our future leaders and we hope this scholarship support will help to power their dreams for success.”
The recipients include Anam Hasan of Blaine, and a student at Spring Lake Park High School; Yeeleng Moua of North Minneapolis, a student at Henry High School; Pa Nyia Vue of St. Paul, a student at Harding High School; Kevin Khieu of Eden Prairie, a student at Eden Prairie High School; San Da Aung of St. Paul, a student at Washington Technology Magnet School; Kathy Moua of Maplewood, a student at Community of Peace Academy; Jiaxin (Jason) Zhang of Woodbury, a student at New Life Academy; and Sangeetha Shreedaran of Savage, a student at Burnsville High School.
Anam Hasan is an AP Scholar with Honors, a teacher’s aide at the Islamic Center of Minnesota, member of the National Honors Society, and chapter president of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), where she managed fundraisers for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and March of Dimes. She was a regular volunteer at Unity Hospital in Fridley, is certified in First Aid/CPR and AED and as an emergency medical responder. She will attend the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities to study Biology.
Yee Leng Moua was a Link Crew leader, where he mentored younger students on how to maximize their high school success and how to prepare for college. He was also a B-Honor Roll student and the captain of wrestling team. He aims to become a school counselor.
Panyia Vue was a member of the Student Council, National Honor Society and winner of the St. Paul Area Athena Award. She was also the captain on the school’s Volleyball and Badminton teams. Vue will attend Augsburg College where she will study medicine.
Kevin Khieu was treasurer of the Student Council and vice president of the National Honor Society. He chaired events that supported Peace House Africa, American Cancer Society, Books Beyond Borders and Memorial Blood Center.
Khieu was the chapter president of FACE AIDS and was co president of Amnesty International, where he organized events supporting numerous social justice issues. He earned a 3rd-degree Black Belt in Tai Kwon Do and serves as an instructor. He was also the captain of his school’s math team and chess team and was a tutor. Khieu will attend Stanford University to study Biomechanical Engineering.
San Da Aung is a member of Where Everybody Belong (WEB) and volunteers at St. John’s hospital. She also mentors other school classmates, many of whom do not speak English well, in their language and communication skills so they can improve their abilities and achievements in the classroom. She plans to attend St. Catherine University to study Nursing.
Kathy Moua served as a senior leader for a Youth Frontier’s Courage retreat, which addresses bullying issues with younger middle school students and teaches character development, including responsible decision-making in social and academic situations. In addition, she was a World Savvy American Youth Leader and was selected to go to Peru to teach English, health and nutrition.
Moua was the president of the Student Council, received the varsity Basketball Leadership Award and was EMAC All Conference. She was a member of Peer Mediation, College Possible, American Youth Leadership, Improv Club and volunteered with Feed My Starving Children. Moua will attend Augsburg College to study Sociology and Business.
Jason Zhang was president of the National Honor Society, where he mentored and tutored five students in seven different subjects. He is the president and founder of All Nations Club, which unites students from various backgrounds, including focusing on Chinese culture.
Zhang also established a math club at his school. He will attend the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities to study Computer Science.
Sangeetha Shreedaran served as student representative on the ISD 191 Board of Education, and senior officer and volunteer coordinator in the National Honor Society. She received the John Coskran Award, South Suburban Conference Scholar Award, President’s Education Award, Mary Lenhardt Memorial Award and Curricular Excellence award and three President’s Volunteer Awards for community service.
Shreedaran was a member and officer of Student Council and helped oversee the school’s Homecoming Week. She will attend the University of Wisconsin-Madison to study Political Science and Spanish.
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 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.
Since the national program’s inception in 1999, Comcast has provided scholarships to more than 19,000 students totaling $19.8 million. In the Twin Cities, Comcast started its student scholarship program in 2004 and to date has honored 380 students, awarding a total of $420,000.
The Comcast Foundation was founded by Comcast Corporation in June 1999 to provide charitable support to qualified non-profit organizations. The Foundation primarily invests in programs intended to have a positive, sustainable impact on their communities.
The Foundation has three community investment priorities—promoting community service, expanding digital literacy and building tomorrow‘s leaders. Since its inception, the Comcast Foundation has donated nearly $140 million to organizations in the communities nationwide that Comcast serves. More information about the Foundation and its programs is available at www.comcast.com/community.