The Register Citizen reports that as part of a community partnership program and a continued commitment to local education, Dunkin’ Donuts franchisees will award 100 scholarships worth $1,000 each to qualified high school seniors in Connecticut.

This is the seventh year of a very successful scholarship program that has donated more than $600,000 to Connecticut students.

This year the application process will be completely online at www.dunkindonuts.com/scholarship.

The scholarships will be awarded to high school seniors who plan to enroll in a full-time undergraduate course of study at an accredited two-year or four-year college, university or vocational-technical school.

Scholarship recipients will be selected on the basis of well rounded character: positive academic record, demonstrated leadership, commitment to school and community activities and experience in the work environment.

In addition, full-time and part-time employees of Dunkin’ Donuts franchisees who meet the scholarship requirements are eligible and encouraged to apply. According to the College Board, average tuition and fees for a private college are expected to increase by over 6 percent this year.

“We are aware of the challenges families face in financing a college education,” says Michael Batista, Connecticut Dunkin’ Donuts franchisee.

“The franchisees of Dunkin’ Donuts are very proud to provide these scholarships to help the families we see and serve everyday.”

Dunkin’ Donuts franchisees will work with Scholarship America to administer the scholarship program and selection process.

The deadline date for all online applications is March 15. All applicants will be notified of the final selection by mid-June.