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Stockbridge student among Comcast scholarship recipients

Linda Bond 8/18/11 ps, Lread

Stockbridge resident Khristian Pena was recently named a recipient of the 2011 Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship.

"I'm pretty happy," said the 18-year-old. "I'm swagging to the max. I feel great."

Pena is a 2011 graduate of Stockbridge High School and a freshman business major at Georgia State University. He plans to hit the Atlanta campus on Monday for his first day of classes.

"I want to be a banker," said Pena, acknowledging his confidence in the nation's long-term economic outlook.

The recent high school graduate is one of 74 statewide to be chosen as recipients of the Comcast Foundation's Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Program. Each will receive a one-time $1,000 scholarship.

"It's really going to help me pay for books and my gas, because I'm a commuter," said Pena.

Pena said he applied for various scholarships to help supplement his post-secondary education -- an experience he views with optimism.

"My counselor [Rochon Hester] pointed me in that direction, and told me to apply for the scholarship," said the college freshman. "I'm hopeful for the future. I think everyone [at Stockbridge High] had high expectations and high aspirations for life."

Pena said his younger brother, a senior at Stockbridge High, plans to follow his example by attending Georgia State.

The example Pena is providing for his younger brother is in keeping with the philosophy of the Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Program, according to Andy Macke, vice president of government and community affairs for Comcast's Atlanta region.

Macke said the program is designed to give young people opportunities to engage other youth in their communities, and demonstrate the importance of civic involvement.

"Comcast is proud of its 'leaders and achievers' scholarship recipients," said Macke. "They represent some of the best and brightest high school seniors who also demonstrate civic involvement in the communities we serve across the state."

Macke noted that successful scholars are deemed catalysts for positive change in their communities, serving as active role models for their peers.

"The Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Program honors some of our states most dedicated students," said Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens. "I'm proud to join Comcast in celebrating the academic and civic achievements of our local winners, and I thank them for the impact they have made on the state of Georgia."

More information about the Comcast Foundation and its programs is available at www.comcast.com/inthecommunity.