PHILADELPHIA— Dunkin' and its greater Philadelphia-area franchisees, in partnership with Scholarship America, recently announced the recipients of its eleventh 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 more than 1,500 applicants, Dunkin’ 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 for fall 2020. 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 $450,000 in scholarships to 275 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.

To celebrate their 2020 Dunkin’ Regional Scholarship, each of the student recipients will enjoy a special visit at their residence from the Dunkin’ Community Cruiser. From July 30 through August 11, Dunkin’ and its Community Cruiser will celebrate each student by providing a well deserved coffee break to the recipient’s family and friends.

Delaware County 2020 Dunkin’ Regional Scholarship recipients are Talia Snyder of Boothwyn and Jake Dunning of Wallingford.

Dunning is a recent graduate of Strath Haven High School, where he was the Men’s Swim Team Captain. He is a recipient of the Wallingford-Swarthmore Education Association Award, Home and School Award for Growth in World Languages, Advanced Placement Scholar Award, Strath Haven Principal's Award, and Panther Key of Distinction Award. During his free time, Dunning is a Ski Instructor at Bear Creek Mountain Resort and a Lifeguard for Wallingford Swim and Racquet Club. This fall, Jake will attend Tulane University, where he plans to pursue a degree in Political Economy.

Snyder is a recent graduate of Chichester High School. Talia graduated first in her class and held positions within the National Honor Society, Art Honor Society, Rho Kappa, and the Spanish Honor Society. Snyder was the Math Award recipient, offered to the student who achieved the highest grade in AP Calculus. Talia was also a member of the Varsity Swim Team, and spent her free time as a swim instructor, swim coach, and lifeguard.  This fall, Talia will attend Temple University, where she plans to pursue a degree in Environmental Engineering.

Vitali, Zabel announce $7,500 grant for Haverford  

State Reps. Greg Vitali, D-166 of Haverford, and Mike Zabel, D-163 of Upper Darby, announced a $7,500 grant for Haverford Township has been approved through the Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant Program.

 The grant provides Haverford Township with $7,500 for the purchase of a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle to replace a gasoline vehicle.

Plug-in hybrid vehicles work similar to hybrid vehicles, but plug-in hybrid vehicles have larger battery capacity – allowing the plug-in hybrid to be powered strictly by electricity for longer distances.    

The Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant Program helps to create new markets for alternative fuels in Pennsylvania. An investment is being made, not only in alternative fuels but the deployment of alternative fuel vehicles, fleets and technologies.

 ‘A Tip of the Cap’ celebrates founding of Negro National League

The Delaware County Historical Society Museum Gallery and the Sports Legends of Delaware County Museum are once again joining forces to further illuminate Delaware County’s rich sports history. Baseball’s Negro Leagues were formally founded 100 years ago in the summer of 1920, when Rube Foster brought together six African-American clubs to form the Negro National League. In 1923 a second league was formed—the Eastern Colored League — and included a team from Delaware County: The Hilldale Daisies of Darby. In 1924 and 1925 the Hilldale club played in the first two World Series between the Eastern Colored League and the more established Negro National League. After losing the first series in 1924 to the Kansas City Monarchs of the Negro National League, Hilldale defeated the Monarchs in 1925 to claim a World Series title.

The exhibit, opening in September 2020, will highlight the history of the Negro leagues, giving the viewer national and local perspectives while celebrating this pre-Jackie Robinson era of baseball history, when baseball was truly America’s pastime. The display will be hosted at the Delaware County Historical Society’s Museum, located at Fourth and Avenue of the States in Chester. For more information, contact curator Jim Vankoski at 610-909-4919 or vankoski21@comcast.net.

Readers can email community news and photos to Peg DeGrassa at pdegrassa@21st-centurymedia.com.

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