Two students from the School District received the Comcast Foundation’s Gustave G. Amsterdam Leadership Award, an honor reserved for students who attended high school in Philadelphia and are staying local to continue their college education.
Sierra Williams, a graduate of Constitution High School, and Mingwang Jiang, a graduate of George Washington Carver High School of Engineering & Science were each presented the $5,000 award at the Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia’s annual mayoral luncheon earlier this month.
Williams is now a student at Temple University studying pre-law, and Jiang is at Drexel University, majoring in chemical engineering.
The two students were selected through the Comcast Foundation’s Leaders and Achievers scholarship program. The scholarship recognizes students nationwide for their academic achievement, leadership skills, and dedication to community service.
The award is named after Gus Amsterdam, a Philadelphia business leader, community advocate, and founding board member of Comcast Corp. A graduate of Central High School and the University of Pennsylvania, Amsterdam was dedicated to improving communities through civics and education.
“This year’s outstanding honorees represent Philadelphia’s potential and promise in the decades to come, and I know Gus would be very proud of them,” said David L. Cohen, senior executive vice president and chief diversity officer for Comcast, in a press release about the awards.