Hasbro Children’s Hospital and Dunkin’ Donuts Award Scholarships to Local Students

July 7, 2015

Three high school students to receive $2,000 scholarships for creating public service announcements that share the dangers of distracted driving

(L to R) 
Back Row: Dunkin’ Donuts franchisee
Guido Petrosinelli; Dr. Dina Morrissey, Research
Associate and  Assistant Professor of Emergency
Medicine (Research) at The Warren Alpert
Medical School of Brown University; Dr. Michael
Mello, director of the Injury Prevention Center
at Hasbro Children’s Hospital; Dunkin’ Donuts
franchisee Joe Prazeres.
Front Row: West Greenwich resident Kat Brown,
Pawtucket resident Luke Sullivan, and
Jamestown resident Rachel O’Neil.

The 4-Safety program, a partnership between Hasbro Children’s Hospital and Dunkin’ Donuts, is pleased to announce the recipients of the Dunkin’ Donuts 4-Safety Scholarship Program. The 4-Safety program was established to raise awareness and to help educate families about ways they can reduce their risk of injury and live healthier, safer lives.

“Hasbro Children’s Hospital has been a wonderful partner for many years and we are thrilled to expand our relationship with this important scholarship program,” said Joe Prazeres, Dunkin’ Donuts franchisee. “Our own Dunkin’ Donuts scholarship program has awarded more than $2 million over the last 20 years to help local families send students to college, and this program falls perfectly in line with that commitment.”

The Dunkin’ Donuts 4-Safety Scholarship Program is a public service announcement contest for high school students who live in or attend high school in Rhode Island or Southeastern Massachusetts. This year, students focused on disseminating a safety message surrounding distracted driving. Students could either produce a 30-second video message, a 30-second audio message, or a poster. A winner was chosen for each category and each received $2,000 towards college tuition. 140 submissions were received, and after two rounds of judging, the following three winners were named:

  • Video Winner: Rachel O’Neill of North Kingstown High School
  • Audio Winner:Luke Sullivan of Wheeler School
  • Poster Winner: Kat Brown of Exeter West Greenwich Regional High School 

About the 4-Safety Program
The 4-Safety program is a partnership between Hasbro Children’s Hospital and Dunkin’ Donuts that seeks to raise awareness and educate families about ways they can reduce their risk of injury and live healthier, safer lives. In Rhode Island between 2007 and 2011, over one-third of child deaths were due to injuries, many of which were accidental and preventable. To aid in that prevention, Dunkin’ Donuts franchisees in Rhode Island and Bristol County, MA have committed $1 million over five years to create the 4-Safety program in partnership with Hasbro Children’s Hospital. Throughout the year, weather permitting, the 4-Safety program hosts local events to provide safety information to children and their families through the 4-Safety Van. Each event, held at various community locations including Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants, focuses on a timely subject, with new topics announced each season. For more information, visit www.4-safety.org.