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July 23, 2014 by Las Vegas Black Image Magazine  
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With $175,000 in diversity scholarships, Cox Communications invests in the next generation of leaders.

BY KIMBERLY BAILEY-TUREAUD

Cox Communications recently held a Diversity Scholarship Breakfast in Summerlin, to present 16 college-bound high school graduates, all from ethnically diverse Southern Nevada communities, with its first diversity scholarships.

Vada Ortiz, David Sanchez, Alicia Lealao, Isabella Munguia, Jana Burd, Abrielle Abott-Williams and Mayra Corona.

Vada Ortiz, David Sanchez, Alicia Lealao, Isabella Munguia, Jana Burd, Abrielle Abott-Williams and Mayra Corona.

“Cox Las Vegas has been a big supporter of education and diversity ever since we first arrived in Southern Nevada,” said Mike Bolognini, the company’s market vice president. “And we’re now funding a new scholarship initiative with $175,000 geared specifically toward college bound students from diverse communities. We’re extremely pleased about making this level of investment in the education of our local youth from diverse backgrounds.”

The competitive scholarship required applicants to graduate with a minimum 2.5 grade-point average, provide demonstrated leadership and community service, and submit an essay focused on a significant leader from their respective diverse communities.

“Cox strives to engage and connect with diverse communities all around the country,” said Lissiah Hundley, corporate director of diversity and inclusion for Atlanta-based Cox Communications. “We strongly believe it is our social responsibility to cultivate partnerships with diverse communities and organizations, and this five-year commitment fittingly demonstrates our pledge to support students of all backgrounds as they embark on their journey toward higher education.”

(From left) Joe Jones (Chair of the Education Committee of 100 Black Men of Las Vegas), Abrielle Abott-Williams, Jana Burd and Lillian McMorris (Public Information Officer of 100 Black Men of Las Vegas).

(From left) Joe Jones (Chair of the Education Committee of 100 Black Men of Las Vegas), Abrielle Abott-Williams, Jana Burd and Lillian McMorris (Public Information Officer of 100 Black Men of Las Vegas).

Scholarship recipients and the organizations that supported them include:

Cox and 100 Black Men Diversity Scholarship, presented to: Jana Burd, Valley High School; Abrielle Abott-Williams, Northwest Career & Technical Academy

Cox and NAACP Las Vegas Diversity Scholarship, presented to: Keyah Hall, Mojave High School; Jai McClean, Chaparral High School.

Cox and The Urban League Diversity Scholarship, presented to: Perry Richardson, Coronado High School; Emily Stanley, Sandy Valley High School.


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