Dunkin’ Donuts providing boost to local college students

60 local students received $1,000 scholarships

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – College is expensive, but 60 high school graduates are getting some financial help from their local Dunkin’ Donuts.

This is the 13th year that Dunkin’ Donuts franchisees in western Massachusetts have awarded $1,000 scholarships to 60 local students headed off to college. In all, they have donated more than $535,000 to students from Hampden, Hampshire, and Franklin Counties.

To be eligible, students have to be enrolled in a full-time undergraduate program at an accredited two or four year college or vocational school next year. Some students say they will use the merit-based scholarship to pay for books or off-campus rent.

“It’s going to help a lot, because our school doesn’t have dorms, they only have apartments, so you can’t really get financial aid for apartments, so it was hard to find money for that,” said McKenzie Girard, who will attend UMass Boston.

This year’s breakfast was at the MassMutual Center in Springfield. The keynote speaker was political analyst Tony Cignoli.

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