Dunkin’ of Greater Philadelphia Awards $100,000 in Academic Scholarships to Regional High School and College Students

Dunkin’ awards 20 high school seniors and college students with $5,000 in academic scholarships to the institution of their choice

July 19, 2023

Dunkin’ and its greater Philadelphia-area franchisees, in partnership with Scholarship America, announced July 13, 2023, the recipients of its fourteenth 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.  

From over 1,730 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 2023. 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 $700,000 in scholarships to 340 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 2023 Dunkin’ Philadelphia Regional Scholarships,” said Perry Shah, local Dunkin’ franchisee and Philadelphia regional advertising committee chairman. “We are proud to continue the tradition of furthering students’ educational goals in our community and help lead them to a bright future.”

The 2023 Dunkin’ Regional Scholarship recipients will be honored at an awards ceremony from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 5, 2023, at Cherry Street Pier in Philadelphia, PA. More details on the awards ceremony to come in the following weeks.

The 2023 Dunkin’ Regional Scholarship recipients are as follows:

Atlantic County, NJ
• Olivia Palmieri: Galloway, NJ, Ocean City High School Berks County, PA
• London Cerullo: Mertztown, PA, Brandywine Heights High School

Bucks County, PA
• Laura VaBilliard: Holland, PA, Council Rock High School South
• Sophie Schenkel: Pipersville, PA, Central Bucks High School East

Burlington County, NJ
• Theodore Rumberger: Westampton, NJ, Rancocas Valley Regional High School

Camden County, NJ
• Siehra Lovett: Pine Hill, NJ, Overbrook Senior High School
• Alyssa Gallelli: Blackwood, NJ, Washington Township High School

Chester County, PA
• Leon Dang: Chester Springs, PA, Downingtown STEM Academy
• Yajat Gupta: Chester Springs, PA, Downingtown East High School

Delaware County, PA
• Tyler Debusschere: Wallingford, PA, Strath Haven High School

Kent County, DE
• Mylah Garcia: Dover, DE, Delaware State University

Lehigh County, PA
• Forum Patel: Allentown, PA, Parkland High School

Mercer County, NJ
• Ashley Wisser: Trenton, NJ, Steinert High School
• Reuben Williams: Lawrenceville, NJ, Rider University

Montgomery County, PA
• Alexandra Bari: Penn Valley, PA, William Penn Charter School

New Castle County, DE
• Maanvi Sarwadi: Bear, DE, MOT Charter High School

Northampton County, PA
• Austin Martellucci: Easton, PA, Easton Area High School

Philadelphia County, PA
• Olivia Zhao: Philadelphia, PA, Julia R. Masterman Laboratory and Demonstration School
• Rhea Kumar: Philadelphia, PA, Temple University
• Evelyn Huang: Philadelphia, PA, University of Pennsylvania

Ashley Wisser: Trenton, NJ, Steinert High School –

Ashley Wisser is a recent graduate of Steinert High School, where she served as a member of the Key Club, Student Government Association, dance team, field hockey team, track and field team, Environmental Club and New Jersey Future Educators Association. Ashley is a peer leader and member of the National Honor Society, National Art Society, National Spanish Honor Society and academic honor roll student. In the fall, Wisser will be attending Salisbury University, where she plans to pursue a degree in Mathematics.

Reuben Williams: Lawrenceville, NJ, Rider University –

Reuben Williams is a current student at Rider University, where he is a recipient of the Undergraduate Research Scholars Award and the Dean’s List. Reuben is an assistant coach at Greenwood Park as he helps kids learn how to swim, assists the head coach as well as a pool technician and head lifeguard. Currently, Reuben is conducting original research on housing and immigration, with a goal to compare the housing crisis that immigrants face in Trenton, New Jersey versus Medellin, Colombia. In the fall, Williams will be entering his second year at Rider University, where he pursues a degree in Political Science.