PLAINFIELD, NJ - Adele DeLeeuw was a prominent Plainfield resident, and a patron of the arts.  She had established a scholarship fund to assist students in need in the Plainfield area for their pursuit of post-secondary education. 

Applications for high school seniors wishing to apply for the 2020 Adele DeLeeuw Scholarship are now available, and applications are available in school guidance offices.  The deadline for submission is Wednesday, March 4.

To date, the Adele DeLeeuw Scholarship Fund, a fund of the Plainfield Foundation, has provided over 1.4 million dollars in scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 over a twenty-four year period.  The awards are made in accordance with the terms of a bequest from Ms. DeLeeuw, author of 75 books, journalist and arts activist.

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Previous DeLeeuw scholarship recipients already in college are eligible to re-apply.  They must submit complete official transcripts of college grades with a new application.

The Plainfield Rotary Scholarship Foundation, headed by Michael R. Townley, acts as selector for the scholarships.  Eligible students are those who attend high schools in Plainfield, North Plainfield, South Plainfield, Warren, Watchung, Scotch Plains, Fanwood and Edison.  Applicants must major in one of the following areas of study: art, poetry, writing, journalism or engineering, and must also be accepted to an accredited college or university.  They must demonstrate the scholastic aptitude and interest in the area of study and prove financial need.

Interested students should consult their guidance counselors to obtain the necessary application information or go to the Plainfield/North Plainfield Rotary Club website at www.rotarypnp.org/cs- adele-deleeuw-scholarship.php.  Applications can also be downloaded herepdf.

Questions may be directed to Johanna Salvemini, Scholarship Administrator, at (908) 755-8098.