EDISON, NJ - Two graduates from Edison area high schools received a total of $6,875 in scholarships recently from the Adele DeLeeuw Scholarship Fund.

The scholarships, financed by a bequest from Adele DeLeeuw, a longtime Plainfield resident, author of 75 books, journalist and arts activist,were awarded at a June 12 dinner at the Spain Inn in Piscataway.

The Plainfield-North Plainfield Rotary club administers the Adele DeLeeuw Scholarship Fund and is one of five local Rotary clubs that provide scholarships from the Fund to students in their communities who pursue a course of study in poetry, art, journalism, writing or engineering. 

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$50,000 was distributed this year to twenty-one area students by the Fund, a fund of the Plainfield Foundation.  This year’s awards bring the Fund’s 23-year total distribution to over $1.3 million.

 A scholarship recipient from the graduating class of 2018 was Clifford Stueck from Wardlaw-Hartridge School. This year’s Adele DeLeeuw Senior Scholars, students who were recognized as scholarship recipients from the Fund for each of their four years in college, included Shweta Modi from Edison High School. An additional 19 students from area high schools also received scholarships from the Fund.

Applications for the 2019 Adele DeLeeuw Scholarships will be available in January from Edison area high school guidance offices. For further information, call Johanna Salvemini, Scholarship Administrator, at (908) 755-8098.