Local Students Win Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarships

June 11, 2018

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Students from New London, Waterford, Old Lyme and Old Saybrook Awarded Scholarships Ranging from $1,000 to $10,000

State Senator Paul Formica joined Comcast at the State Capitol on June 5 to recognize four local student scholars receiving the statewide Leaders & Achievers Scholarship and Comcast Founders Award.

Erin Patten of Waterford, Kevin Ruiz of New London, Emma Sked of Old Lyme and Christopher Thomson of Old Saybrook were each awarded a $1,000 Leaders & Achievers Scholarship which is awarded to students who strive to achieve their full 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.

“It is wonderful to see these students recognized for their hard work and commitment to education and community,” said Sen. Formica. “Erin, Kevin, Emma and Christopher should all be very proud of what they have accomplished. I know they have very bright futures ahead of them and I am glad to see these well-deserved scholarships help them further their education. Congratulations to all!”

Out of all 44 statewide recipients, Kevin Ruiz of New London was also chosen to receive the Comcast Founders Scholarship, which awards one Connecticut student an additional $9,000. The Founders Scholarship honors the legacy of Comcast founder Ralph Roberts and his commitment to community service.

“Our 10,000 scholarship winner is somebody who has demonstrated incredible leadership and dedication to their school, their peers and their community,” said Dan Glanville, Comcast Vice President of Government and Regulatory Affairs and Community Impact, before presenting the award to Ruiz.

Kevin Ruiz attends New London High School and will be attending the University of Connecticut in the fall and majoring in electrical engineering.

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PHOTOS: Michael Parker, Senior Vice President – Western New England Region Comcast Corporation; Senator Paul Formica; and Hanna Mordoh, traffic reporter at NBC Connecticut congratulate the local southeastern Connecticut student scholars, including $10,000 Founders Scholarship recipient Kevin Ruiz and $1,000 Leaders & Achievers Scholars Erin Patten, Emma Sked and Christopher Thomson.