High school seniors across the state of Maryland recently gathered in Annapolis to commend excellence in the classroom as well as in the community.

A hundred students were recognized in all, with top honors given to Baltimore’s own, Micah Conner. The Coppin Academy senior received the Comcast Foundation’s only Founders Scholarship for this year in the amount of $10,000. Conner will have some tough decisions to make in the very near future, as his applications have been accepted by all the colleges and universities to which he applied.

“We expect the best, and he always gives the best,” said Mamie Conner, of her son’s hard work. “Even in Head Start he was one of the top in his class. In his other academic years he’s always been on the honor roll, and he’s always been a high achiever.”

Conner comes from a small Baltimore family that spends Sundays in worship together at New Harvest Ministries. His father, George Conner, a truck driver for the Baltimore Sun, and his mother, a Head Start teacher for Union Baptist Church, have pushed both Micah and sister, Olivia Conner, to pursue the highest heights of education.

Conner has been offered a $72,000 scholarship to attend La Salle University in Philadelphia, a $48,000 scholarship from Stephenson University in Baltimore County, and $40,000 to become a Goucher Gopher, also located in Baltimore County. Conner has also been accepted to Coppin State University and Loyola University Maryland.

The scholars are recommended to the program by their principles and guidance counselors who have taken notice of their work.

Of the 100 students that were recognized across the state, a total of 18 students were from Baltimore City, joined by 16 coming from Baltimore County.

In addition to Conner’s $10,000 award, the company also gave out 99 scholarships in the amount of $1,000 to high school seniors who have excelled through high school. All of the monies are one-time awards that can be used for any type of the many college related expenses that are sure to pile up within the next year.

“It’s important to give these students what they need as they go into college and out into the real world to compete in this marketplace,” said spokeswoman Jessica Nyce.

Speakers at the Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Program annual awards ceremony included regional senior vice president of Comcast, Tom Coughlin, and Interim State Superintendent of Schools Bernard J. Sadusky.

“These students serve as role models for their peers, and are an inspiration to us all,” said Sadusky at the event, according to a release by Comcast. Three students also won iPads through a prize drawing to further the use of the latest technology while learning. The Comcast Foundation was created in 1999 and has given out over $17.2 million in scholarship money to more than 17,000 students.

The Comcast Founders Scholarship is given in honor of founder and chairman emeritus of Comcast Corporation, Ralph J. Roberts. Eligible students for the scholarship program must have at least a 2.8 grade point average as a full time senior student. Recipients must have community service hours, or work experience.

The deadline to nominate a student for the next year’s honorees is Dec. 7.

Alexis Taylor

AFRO Staff Writer