2 local students receive Comcast scholarships

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Students Zoey Amoroso of Shaftsbury and Carolyn Crawford of Arlington have been awarded one-time, $2,500 scholarships by Comcast NBCUniversal, the company announced Tuesday. The two were among four Vermonters chosen to receive Comcast Leaders and Achievers program scholarships.

Amoroso, who attended Mount Anthony Union High School, will be studying mechanical engineering at Purdue University, and Crawford, who attended Arlington Memorial High School, will be studying nursing at Vermont Technical College, according to Jessica Forrest, a Comcast public relations specialist.

Students are selected for their outstanding community service, academic performance, and leadership skills. The award, funded by the Comcast NBCUniversal Foundation, is to be used toward undergraduate education-related expenses. Since 2001, more than $34 million has been awarded to about 30,000 high school seniors across the country as part of the Leaders and Achievers program, including $240,000 to more than 160 students in Vermont.

"We are honored to recognize the amazing achievements of our Leaders and Achievers scholarship winners and to help them further their education," Dennis Mathew, senior vice president of Comcast's Western New England Region, which includes Vermont, said in a media release. "They are top achievers in academics, leaders in the community and leaders among their peers. They represent our future, and Comcast NBCUniversal is proud to support them."

When asked what community service meant to her, Crawford said that, "Community service is not only a mere act of kindness but rather the formation of long-lasting connections with members of my town. It is a support group dedicated to helping each other and building up our community to be the best that it can be."

Amoroso added, "Community service is important to me because it helps me get involved and be a part of the community. I also like to volunteer because I know that I'm helping others around me in a positive way."

Other Vermont students receiving scholarships were Michael Davis of North Ferrisburgh, who attended Vergennes UHSD #5, and Rosanna Hyde of Rutland, who attended Rutland Senior High School.

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