PEPPERELL -- The Pepperell Business Association raised more than $4,000 in scholarship money with its 9th annual Duck Race on Sunday.

The proceeds will fund eight $500 scholarships -- four for students at Nashoba Valley Regional Technical School and four for students at North Middlesex Regional High School.

"After all expenses, we're proud to have raised enough money for eight scholarships," said Derek Ten Broeck, president of the PBA.

The scholarships will be distributed next year to seniors chosen by the schools based on a combination of merit and need.

The $1,000 prize for the race's first-place finisher went to Michael Murphy, owner of the 7-Eleven in Pepperell.

The $200 second place prize was given to Jake Hewes, of Conway Service & Sales Center.

Nancy Negi, of L. F. Robbins Insurance Agency, won the third prize of $100.

Ten Broeck said that community participation was high this year.

"The Duck Race went off great. It was very successful, a great day, nice and warm and we had lots of help," Ten Broeck said.

Last year's Duck Race raised more than $5,000 in scholarships, due, in part, because the first-place winner returned half of her prize money, Ten Broeck said.

The Duck Race was originally scheduled for June 9, but was delayed twice due to heavy rain that caused elevated water levels in the Nissitissit River.

The PBA sold more than 1,000 tickets, continuing to sell them at local businesses until the day of the race.