Dunkin’ Donuts is seeking applicants for a scholarship program in which the chain’s franchisees will award 100 $1,000 scholarships to college-bound high school seniors.

Dunkin’ Donuts franchisees are partnering with Scholarship America to administer the program and the selection progress.

This is the seventh year of the program, which has donated more than $600,000 to Connecticut students to date.

“We understand the challenges families encounter today when financing their child’s college education,” Michael Batista, a Connecticut franchisee, said in a statement. “The franchisees of Dunkin’ Donuts are excited to give back to the local families who support us every day.”

Applications are due March 15 and are only available online, at www.dunkindonuts.com/scholarship.

The awards will be given to high school seniors who intend to enroll as full-time undergraduates at an accredited two-year or four-year college, university or vocational-technical school.

Recipients will be chosen based on “well rounded” character, their academic record, demonstrated leadership, commitment to school and community activities and experience in the work environment.

Full- and part-time employees of Dunkin’ Donuts franchisees who meet the eligibility requirements may apply.