SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Five local students received a total of $15,750 in scholarships from the Adele DeLeeuw Scholarship Fund at a dinner held Tuesday, May 30, 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.

Scholarship recipients from the graduating class of 2017 included Kenyela Horn and Alexa-Jada Nelson from Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School, and Tyler Crown from Union County Magnet High School. The Scholarship Fund also provided continuing scholarships to college students Roland Crystal from Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School and Nithya Narayanan from Union County Magnet High School. An additional 18 students from area high schools also received scholarships from the Fund.

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-three thousand dollars was distributed this year to 23 area students by the Fund, a fund of the Plainfield Foundation. This year’s awards bring the Fund’s 22 year total distribution to over $1,250,000.

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Applications for the 2018 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. is Scotch Plains-Fanwood’s only free daily paper. Sign up for our daily eNews and follow us on Facebook and twitter @SPF_TAP. Download the free TAPinto App for iPhone or Android.