South Jersey Students Among Dunkin of Greater Philadelphia’s Academic Scholarship Recipients


Philadelphia, PA. On June 16, 2019, Dunkin’ and its greater Philadelphia-area franchisees, in partnership with Scholarship America, announced the recipients of its tenth 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.

New for 2019, 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 $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 tenth 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 from 12-3 p.m. on Sunday, July 28 at The Touchdown Club at Lincoln Financial Field.

The South Jersey Scholarship Award Recipients are as follows:

Atlantic County
Recipient: Chloe Verderber
Hometown: Galloway, NJ
High School: Absegami High School
University: Rider University

Chloe Verderber
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Bio: Chloe Verderber is a recent graduate of Absegami High School where she graduated with honors. She was a member of the National Honor Society, Tri-Music Honor Society, and the Math Honor Society. This fall, Chloe will be attending Rider University, where she plans to pursue a degree in Elementary Education.  

Camden County
Recipient: Sara Gonzalez
Hometown: Stratford, NJ
High School: Sterling High School
University: The College of New Jersey

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Bio: Sara Gonzalez is a graduate of Sterling High School and a rising sophomore at The College of New Jersey. In high school, Sara was ranked third in her class, a member of the National Honor Society, a part of the National Hispanic Recognition Program, and a recipient of the Varsity Tennis Award and the Coach’s Choice Award. So far at The College of New Jersey, she has become a part of the Women in Learning and Leadership Program, Operation LEAD Program, the Honors Program, Union Latina, and is a Community Advisor all while seeking a degree in English Education.

Gloucester County
Recipient: Katherine Conway
Hometown: Mantua, NJ
High School: Gloucester County Institute of Technology
University: Rutgers University Camden

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Bio: Katherine Conway is a rising junior at Rutgers University Camden. Katherine volunteers with TOPSports Baseball and is a Raptor Ambassador. Katherine is currently studying to become a pediatric nurse.

Recipient: John Cooper
Hometown: Deptford, NJ
High School: Deptford Township High School
University: University of Pennsylvania

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Bio: John Cooper is a recent graduate of Deptford Township High School, where he was the Vice President of his class, a member of the swim team, and a recipient of the Comcast Leaders and Achievers Award. This fall, John will be attending the University of Pennsylvania, where he plans to pursue a degree in Biolog

Recipient: Celina Morello
Hometown: National Park, NJ
High School: Gateway Regional High School
University: Rutgers University

Celina Morello
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Bio: Ceilna Morello is a recent graduate of Gateway Regional High School where she was a member of the National Honor Society, Student Council, Spanish Club, Book Club, and the Madrigals Choir. A captain of the field hockey team and manager for the girls’ basketball team, she also enjoys track and field, and lacrosse. This fall, Celina will be attending Rutgers University, where she plans to pursue a degree in Biology.

Other area scholarship winners were:

Berks County, PA

  • Dana Schultz: Sinking Spring, PA, Wilson High School
  • Joanna Helm: Wyomissing, PA, Wyomissing Area Junior/Senior High School
  • Dhruv Parekh: Bensalem, PA, Bensalem High School
  • Kaitlyn Kobol: Yardley, PA, Pennsbury High School
  • Luke Faucette: Sellersville, PA, Calvary Baptist School
  • Mikayla Fuentes: Quakertown, PA, Quakertown Community High School
  • Nicholas Eissler: Chalfont, PA, Pennridge High School

Chester County, PA

  • Jayna Bruno: Landenberg, PA, Kennett High School
  • Luke Cowart: Kennett Square, PA, Unionville High School
  • Molly Hohner: Kennett Square, PA, Kennett High School

Delaware County, PA

  • Alyssa Maldonado: Newtown Square, PA, Great Valley High School
  • Jesse Hickman: Norwood, PA, Interboro High School

Mercer County, NJ

  • Gwenyth Van Doren: Trenton, NJ, Saint Timothy’s School

Montgomery County, PA

  • Ava Rosen: Plymouth Meeting, PA, Plymouth Whitemarsh High School
  • Courtney Sabanas: Lansdale, PA, North Penn High School
  • Daniel Trout: Telford, PA, Souderton Area High School
  • Margaret Bond: Huntingdon Valley, PA, Lower Moreland High School
  • Matthew Purcell: Huntingdon Valley, PA, Father Judge High School
  • Patricia Templeton: Roslyn, PA, Bishop McDevitt High School

New Castle County, DE

  • Alison Candy: Middletown, DE, Appoquinimink High School

About Dunkin’

Founded in 1950, Dunkin’ is America’s favorite all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods. Dunkin’ is a market leader in the hot regular/decaf/flavored coffee, iced regular/decaf/flavored coffee, donut, bagel and muffin categories. Dunkin’ has earned a No. 1 ranking for customer loyalty in the coffee category by Brand Keys for 13 years running.

The company has more than 12,900 restaurants in 43 countries worldwide. Based in Canton, Mass., Dunkin’ is part of the Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN) family of companies. For more information, click here.

About Scholarship America

Scholarship America was founded in 1958, on the revolutionary idea that community support of scholarships could bring college education within reach for millions of students who couldn’t otherwise afford it.

Today, we continue those efforts to make post secondary success a possibility for all students. Scholarship America supports 13,000 scholarship and education assistance programs across the nation and around the world.



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