Piscataway, NJ -- Six students from high schools in the Scotch Plains-Fanwood area received a total of $15,000 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. This year, $60,000 was given to 22 area students, and these year’s awards bring the Fund’s 21-year total distribution to $1,143,500.

Scholarship recipients from the graduating class of 2016 included Rebecca Mehorter from Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School (SPFHS), and Roman Chiarello and Nithya Narayanan from Union County Magnet High School. The Scholarship Fund also provided continuing scholarships to college students Roland Crystal and Emily London from SPFHS.

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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 Jackson Cochran-Carney from SPFHS. An additional 16 students from area high schools also received scholarships from the Fund.

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

Top: Christopher Silva, Rebecca Mehorter, Anthony Raphael, Nicholas Ruzicka, Cody Decker
Middle: Stephanie Bohn, Tyler Curtis, Thomas Riccardi, Nolan Berry
Bottom: Charlotte Brockway, Emily London, Melody Njoku.