Dunkin’ and its greater Philadelphia-area franchisees, in partnership with Scholarship America, announced on Wednesday the recipients of its thirteenth annual Philadelphia Regional Scholarship Program. The program 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. Dunkin’ franchisees are celebrating the thirteenth year by increasing each individual student scholarship award from $2,000 to $5,000 to help ease the financial burden of college.

Karleigh Patton, rising junior at Kutztown University, and a native of Reading, PA, as selected from more than 1,350 applicants based on her academic record, demonstrated leadership, and proven commitment to her school and local community. Dunkin’ and its franchisees in the greater Philadelphia-area will award Karleigh with a $5,000 academic scholarship to pursue a full-time undergraduate degree at an accredited two-year or four-year college, university, or vocational-technical school of her choice.

Karleigh is a Presidential Scholar majoring in Communication Design and double minoring in Business and Social Media Theory. Her leadership roles on campus include serving as Secretary of Visual and Performing Arts on the student government board, a community assistant for Rothermel Hall, as well as being an active member of the Diversity Council. Karleigh’s proudest achievement thus far in her collegiate career has been co-founding the national youth movement called “Stand Together Against Racism.” 

From over 1,350 applicants, Dunkin’ and Scholarship America selected 20 students to receive a $5,000 academic scholarship to an accredited two or four-year college, university, or vocational-technical school of their choice for fall 2022. Dunkin’s Philadelphia Regional Scholarship Program was open to current part-time and full-time undergraduate students and high school seniors. Dunkin’ awarded a total of $100,000 to the 20 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 $600,000 in scholarships to 320 outstanding high school seniors and college students. The program was founded in 2009 by Dunkin’s Philadelphia-area franchisees to ease the financial burden of college for students throughout the region.

“On behalf of my fellow Philadelphia franchisees, we are honored to award these 20 exceptional students with the 2022 Dunkin’ Philadelphia Regional Scholarships,” said Perry Shah, local Dunkin’ franchisee and Philadelphia regional advertising committee chairman.

“We are proud to continue the tradition to further students’ educational goals in our community and, this year, thrilled to offer a larger scholarship award to those recipients!” The 2022 Dunkin’ Regional Scholarship recipients will be honored at an awards ceremony from 1:00 – 3:00 PM on Saturday, July 30, 2022, at The Liberty View at Independence Visitor Center. More details on the awards ceremony to come in the following weeks.

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