On July 11, 2018, Dunkin’ Donuts of Philadelphia, in partnership with Scholarship America, announced the recipients of its ninth annual Regional Scholarship Program, which helps high school seniors in Southeastern Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey, and Kent and New Castle counties in Delaware pursue a fulltime undergraduate degree at the institution of their choice.
From more than 1,700 applicants, Dunkin’ Donuts and Scholarship America selected 25 students to receive a $2,000 academic scholarship to an accredited two-or four-year college, university or vocational-technical school of their choice.
Dunkin’ Donuts 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.
“On behalf of Dunkin’ Donuts and our greater Philadelphia-area franchisees, I would like to congratulate the 2018 Dunkin’ Donuts Regional Scholarship winners,” said Perry Shah, local Dunkin’ Donuts franchisee and Philadelphia regional advertising committee chairman. “Nine years ago, this scholarship program was created to help support students in our local communities. Today, we are proud to have awarded a total of $350,000 to deserving students throughout the region to help ease the financial burden of college. We wish each recipient continued success in their academic careers.”
The 2018 Dunkin’ Donuts Scholarship Award recipients will be honored at an awards ceremony from 6-7 p.m. on Saturday, July 21 at Talen Energy Stadium. Honorees and their families will also be invited to attend the Philadelphia Union vs. LA Galaxy match immediately following the ceremony.
The 2018 Dunkin’ Donuts Scholarship Award Recipients from Camden, Burlington and Gloucester Counties are as follows:
Recipient: Cajetan Ejianreh
Hometown: Somerdale, NJ
High School: Sterling High School
University: Kutztown University of Pennsylvania
Bio: Cajetan Ejianreh is a recent graduate of Sterling High School, where he was class valedictorian, class vice president, National Honor Society member, varsity cross country captain, varsity winter track captain, and varsity spring track member. In addition to winning the Athletic Scholar Award, Cajetan also was the Academic Challenge team captain and the Camden County Best in Class Award winner. This fall, Ejianreh will be attending Kutztown University of Pennsylvania where he plans to pursue a degree in Pre-Medicine.
Recipient: Jonathan Shochat
Hometown: Voorhees, NJ
High School: Eastern Regional High School
University: Drexel University
Bio: Jonathan Shochat is a recent graduate of Eastern Regional High School, where he served as member of the varsity Academic Challenge Team, Math League, Cultural Diversity Club, French Honor Society, the Tri-M Music Honor Society, National Honor Society, and marching band. Shochat has recently earned academic awards for AP Calculus, string orchestra, and AP French. He also was awarded four gold medals at Temple University’s Russian Language Olympiad. This fall, Shochat will be attending Drexel University where he plans to pursue a degree in Materials Science and Engineering.
Recipient: Amanda Smalfus
Hometown: Mount Laurel, NJ
High School: Lenape High School
University: Rutgers University, New Brunswick
Bio: Amanda Smalfus is a recent graduate of Lenape High School, where she was a peer tutor, member of the Science League and Knowledge Bow, and presenter at the 2017 MIT IEEE (Institution of Electrical and Electronics Engineers). Smalfus successfully completed the NJ Governor’s School for Engineering and Technology Program. This fall, Amanda will be attending Rutgers University, New Brunswick, where she plans to pursue a degree in Molecular Biology.
Recipient: Arin Gasiorek
Hometown: Marlton, NJ
High School: Cherokee High School
University: University of Delaware
Bio: Arin Gasiorek is a recent graduate of Cherokee High School, where she served as a Marlton Recreation Council Sports Unity Program leader and Relay for Life team captain. In addition, Arin won the Elks National Foundation Legacy Award, President’s Award for Educational Excellence, and the Cherokee High School-Super Chief Award (varsity letter athlete with a 3.65 GPA or higher). This fall, Gasiorek will be attending the University of Delaware where she plans to pursue a degree in Business.
Recipient: Katherine Holmbeck
Hometown: Moorestown, NJ
High School: Moorestown High School
University: Bucknell University
Bio: Katherine Holmbeck is a recent graduate of Moorestown High School, where she was varsity cross-country captain and a member of the music program at both her high school and church. In her free time, Holmbeck enjoys volunteering with various organizations such as the Ronald McDonald House of Southern New Jersey, Appalachia Service Project, and MooreKids. This fall, Holmbeck will be attending Bucknell University where she plans to pursue a degree in Neuroscience with future plans of attending medical school.
Recipient: Jessica Beck
Hometown: Glassboro, NJ
High School: Gloucester County Institute of Technology
University: Rowan University
Bio: Jessica Beck is a recent graduate of Gloucester County Institute of Technology where she served as valedictorian. In addition to participating in high school soccer and basketball, Beck was also a member of DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America) and FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America). This fall, Jessica will be attending Rowan University where she plans to pursue a degree in Accounting.
Recipient: Fiona Kniaz
Hometown: Mullica Hill, NJ
High School: Clearview Regional High School
University: Rutgers University, New Brunswick
Bio: Fiona Kniaz is a recent graduate of Clearview Regional High School, where she served as a member of the National Honor Society, National Art Honor Society, Model United Nations, marching band, yearbook committee, and summer swim team. Kniaz was honored with the Gold Award for Girl Scouts, as well as the President’s Volunteer Service Award. This fall, Fiona will be attending Rutgers University, New Brunswick where she plans to pursue a degree in Political Science.
The remaining area scholarship winners are:
Atlantic County, NJ
• Chinaza Asiegbu: Egg Harbor Township, NJ, Egg Harbor Township High School
Berks County, PA
• Abbie Durning: Sinking Spring, PA, Wilson Area High School
Chester County, PA
• Ashlyn Fitzgerald: Oxford, PA, Oxford Area High School
• Frank Byrd: West Chester, PA, Devon Preparatory School
• Jonathan Arditi: Parker Ford, PA, Owen J Roberts High School
• Katherine Hughes: Paoli, PA, Conestoga High School
Cumberland County, NJ
• Christianna Joshi: Millville, NJ, Millville Senior High School
Delaware County, PA
• Kathryn Rossi: Garnet Valley, PA, Garnet Valley High School
• Sonya Dervishian: Media, PA, Marple Newtown High School
Kent County, DE
• Giulia Randazzo: Greenwood, DE, St. Thomas More Academy
Lehigh County, PA
• Habeeb Salau: Breinigsville, PA, Parkland High School
Mercer County, NJ
• Revika Singh: Robbinsville, NJ, Robbinsville High School
Montgomery County, PA
• Christopher Anderson: King of Prussia, PA, Archbishop John Carroll High
• Grace Wu: King of Prussia, PA, Upper Merion Area High School
• Samantha Krot: Harleysville, PA, Souderton Area High School
New Castle County, DE
• Connor Wagaman: Wilmington, DE, Concord High School
• Joshua Fickes: Newark, DE, The Charter School of Wilmington
Northampton County, PA
• Christian Fernandes: Easton, PA, Wilson Area High School
About Dunkin’ Donuts
Founded in 1950, Dunkin’ Donuts is America’s favorite all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods. Dunkin’ Donuts is a market leader in the hot regular/decaf/flavored coffee, iced regular/decaf/flavored coffee, donut, bagel and muffin categories. Dunkin’ Donuts has earned a No. 1 ranking for customer loyalty in the coffee category by Brand Keys for 12 years running. The company has more than 12,500 restaurants in 46 countries worldwide. Based in Canton, Mass., Dunkin’ Donuts is part of the Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN) family of
companies. For more information, visit www.DunkinDonuts.com.
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 postsecondary 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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