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Dunkin’ Donuts franchisees Joe Carvalho, left, and Michelle Motta-Deleon, second from right, along with Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas, at right, presented Bedford resident Zachary Neveu with a $2,500 college scholarship. Neveu was chosen from more than 165 applicants to receive this scholarship based on an exemplary grade-point average, substantial volunteer or community service, involvement in school activities and paid work experience. (Courtesy Photo)

Bedford student wins Dunkin' Donuts scholarship three years running

Bedford native Zachary Neveu has volunteered his way to recognition for the third time. On June 11, he was presented with his third scholarship in a row from New Hampshire Dunkin' Donuts franchise owners.

The owners presented $30,000 in college scholarships to 11 Granite State students this year. More than $400,000 has been given by the franchises to local students who 'embody the mission to help those that serve others' since 1995. Scholarship qualifications include a grade-point average of 3.25 or above, substantial volunteer or community service, involvement in school activities and paid work experience.

Zachary Neveu fits the bill. The 2011 Bedford High School graduate recently completed his associate's degree in culinary arts and is continuing on to earn his bachelor's degree in culinary nutrition at Johnson & Wales University in Providence, R.I.

Neveu has volunteered at many community events. Last year he spent six hours cooking at the annual outreach event for Operation Stand Down Rhode Island. The nonprofit organization connects veterans with housing, educational, and financial resources and social services.

Its annual outreach event brings homeless and low-income veterans from around Rhode Island to an encampment where they are given access to state and federal services. Private organizations are also present to assist with medical, dental, legal, substance abuse and mental health counseling services, according to the OSDRI website.

Many veterans are unable to work when they return from duty, Neveu said, and he wanted to help make the transition easier for them.

'I thought that it was a really good cause,' Neveu said.

Neveu discovered his talent for culinary arts early in life. He attended the Manchester School of Technology culinary arts program during his junior and senior years at Bedford High School and created an ice sculpture as part of his senior project. While home for summer break, Neveu is working at the Common Man restaurant in Merrimack.

This marks the third year that Neveu has been chosen to receive a scholarship from New Hampshire Dunkin' Donuts franchises. He received $2,000 after graduating from Bedford High School and has received $2,500 each year since.

'We are so proud of Zachary, and we are grateful to the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation and the local Dunkin' Donuts franchise owners who made this generous scholarship possible,' said his mother, Sarah Neveu, who is employed by The New Hampshire Union Leader.

Dunkin' Donuts is a Canton, Mass.-based business founded in 1950 that has more than 10,500 restaurants in 32 countries.

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