The Connecticut Dunkin' Donuts Franchisees awarded a $1,000 scholarship to Darien student Charlotte Schaffer. The award was a part of the 2011 Dunkin' Donuts Connecticut Franchisee Scholarship Program that provided a total of $100,000 in local scholarships to deserving high school seniors.

The franchisees honored the scholarship recipients at an awards ceremony held at the State Capitol. To cap off the event, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy was on hand to deliver a keynote address to the students.

This is the eighth year that Dunkin' Donuts has administered what has become a very successful scholarship program for Connecticut. "At Dunkin' Donuts we are committed to the communities we serve. As a local institution an active community partner we want to encourage educational achievement in every way possible," said Scott Fanning, member of the Dunkin' Donuts franchisee advisory committee.

The students were selected for the scholarship on the basis of a "well rounded" character including a positive academic record, and demonstrated leadership in school and community activities. The competition was extremely rigid with more than 4,200 Connecticut students registered for the 1,000 scholarships offered by the Dunkin' Donuts franchises.

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