Comcast NBCUniversal Foundation on Tuesday honored two college students, including Northeast High School graduate Sabab Bhuiyan, with Gustave G. Amsterdam Leadership Award at the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia’s annual mayoral luncheon.
Comcast Senior Executive Vice President David L. Cohen presented Bhuiyan and Jasmine Tran, a Girard Academic Music Program graduate, each with a $5,000 scholarship award at the luncheon, held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.
Finalists for the Gus Amsterdam Leadership Awards are chosen from the winners of the Comcast NBCUniversal Foundation’s Leaders and Achievers scholarships. The nationwide Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Program recognizes high school seniors who demonstrate outstanding community service, exceptional academic performance and strong leadership skills.
“We believe that developing the next generation of leaders begins in the classroom – with education playing a key role in developing citizens who will go on to improve our local communities and beyond,” Cohen said. “Gus cared deeply about Philadelphia and its young people, and he would have been proud of this year’s honorees, Jasmine and Sabab.”
Bhuiyan moved to Philadelphia from Bangladesh in 2016. In addition to serving as captain of his JV soccer team, Bhuiyan was a Model UN delegate and a guitarist in the Northeast orchestra. He has been involved with Project International Education, was treasurer of the school’s UNICEF Club and volunteered with Footsteps, helping bring clean drinking water to remote areas in Bangladesh. Bhuiyan is a freshman at Drexel University, majoring in management information systems and minoring in computer science.
Gus Amsterdam was a Philadelphia business leader, community advocate and founding board member of Comcast Corporation. A graduate of Central High School and the University of Pennsylvania, he took part in civic and educational activities in Philadelphia throughout his life. ••