NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - Seven students from North Plainfield and Watchung Area high schools received a total of $22,500 in scholarships from the Adele DeLeeuw Scholarship Fund at a dinner held Wednesday, June 8 at the Spain Inn in Piscataway.  The scholarships are financed by a bequest from Adele DeLeeuw, longtime Plainfield resident, author of 75 books, journalist and arts activist.

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.  Sixty thousand dollars was distributed this year to twenty-two area students by the Fund, a fund of the Plainfield Foundation.  This year’s awards bring the Fund’s twenty-one year total distribution to $1,143,500.

Scholarship recipients from the graduating class of 2016 included Brenda Okereke from North Plainfield High School and Anthony Raphael and Christopher Silva from Watchung Hills Regional High School.  The Scholarship Fund also provided continuing scholarships to college students Melody Njoku from North Plainfield High School and Seneca Velling from Watchung Hills Regional High School.  This year’s Adele DeLeeuw Senior Scholars, students who were recognized as a scholarship recipient from the Fund for each of their four years in college included Charlotte Brockway of North Plainfield High School and Janine Puhak from Mount St. Mary Academy.  An additional fifteen students from area high schools also received scholarships from the Fund.

Applications for the 2017 Adele DeLeeuw Scholarships will be available in January from the North Plainfield and Watchung area high school guidance offices.  For further information, call Johanna Salvemini, Scholarship Administrator, at (908) 755-8098.