Forty-four recent high school graduates were honored Tuesday by Comcast Cable at a special luncheon at the Pink Palace Museum for their hard work as students and young citizens.
The students recognized are from Marion, Ark., Byhalia, Miss., and Houston High and Melrose High in Shelby County in Tennessee.
"The Comcast Achievement Scholarship Program provides a one-time $1,000 scholarship to students who strive to achieve their potential and who are catalysts for positive change in their communities," said Otha Brandon of Comcast. "They are involved in their schools and who serve as models for their fellow students."
Angelique Nunn, a recent graduate of Melrose High School in Memphis, is just such a model. Of all the winners who attended she and her Aunt Shirley were the very first to arrive.
Nunn said she has always wanted to go to college ever since elementary school. When she would put on her uniform for school her Aunt Shirley would tell her she looked like a college student.
Aunt Shirley said her niece had a hard time and came to live with her. While living with her aunt, she encouraged Angelique and told her she was special. She says her niece always wanted to go to college and she just told her if she works hard and studies hard she would make it.
Every scholarship winner at the luncheon had an aunt or a parent or teacher who made a difference in their lives; helping them get to this point. No one does it alone and sometimes all it takes is a word of encouragement to help create great achievement.
Following the luncheon the award winners took a tour of the Pink Palace Museum, which is really only fitting because they are about to embark on their own historical journey with the help of the Comcast scholarships.
Comcast has awarded more than $250,000 in scholarships since they began the awards program in the Mid-South. Comcast has awarded more than $19 million in scholarships nationwide.