Local students awarded Dunkin’ scholarships

Recipients include Bensalem’s Dhruv Parekh and Pennsbury’s Kaitlyn Kobol


Dunkin’ and its Greater Philadelphia-area franchisees, in partnership with Scholarship America, recently announced the recipients of its 10th annual Regional Scholarship Program, which helps high school seniors and college students in Southeastern Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey and Kent and New Castle counties in Delaware pursue a part-time or full-time undergraduate degree at the institution of their choice.

From more than 2,000 applicants, Dunkin’ and Scholarship America selected 25 students to receive $2,000 academic scholarships to an accredited two- or four-year college, university or vocational-technical school of their choice in fall 2019.

Among the recipients are Dhruv Parekh, a graduate of Bensalem High School and rising sophomore at Pennsylvania State University Abington, and Kaitlyn Kobol, a graduate of Pennsbury High School and a rising junior at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania.


Parekh is the secretary of the South Asian Student Association, a member of the Cyber Security Club and a volunteer at the Bucks County Public Library. He is currently pursuing a degree in information sciences and technology.

Kobol is an active community member serving as a tour guide with the Admissions Office and a community assistant for Residence Life. She is a member of the Kutztown Honors Program, a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity, and recently returned from a month in Germany, Austria and Italy, where she studied the Holocaust. Kobol is currently pursuing a degree in secondary education for social studies.

New for 2019, the Regional Scholarship Program was open to current part-time and full-time undergraduate students and high school seniors. Dunkin’ awarded a total of $50,000 to the 25 recipients who were selected based on their academic records, demonstrated leadership skills and overall commitment to their schools and local communities.

To date, the Dunkin’ Philadelphia Regional Scholarship Program has awarded $400,000 in scholarships to 250 outstanding high school seniors and college students. The program was founded in 2009 by Dunkin’s Philadelphia-area franchisees as a way to ease the financial burden of college for students throughout the region.

“On behalf of my fellow franchisees, we are honored to award these exceptional students with the 2019 Dunkin’ Regional Scholarships,” said Perry Shah, local Dunkin’ franchisee and Philadelphia regional advertising committee chairman. “As we celebrate the scholarship program’s 10th anniversary, we are so proud to see it continue to grow and support students here in our local communities. We are honored to have the opportunity to further students’ educational goals and look forward to the amazing achievements these future leaders will accomplish.”

The 2019 Dunkin’ Scholarship Award recipients will be honored at an awards ceremony on Sunday, July 28, from noon to 3 p.m., at The Touchdown Club at Lincoln Financial Field.