SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - Adele DeLeeuw was a well-known author of children's books, a prominent Plainfield resident and champion of the city, and someone who took a special interest in young people.

Later in her life, DeLeeuw had no immediate survivors, so she set aside a portion of her estate for a scholarship program to be administered by the Plainfield Foundation.  She stipulated in her will that the annual earnings from her scholarship endowment would be awarded to graduating seniors from high schools in Plainfield and surrounding towns.

More detailed information on how to apply can be found in the following release:

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High school seniors wishing to apply for the Adele DeLeeuw Scholarship should obtain applications now from their school guidance office.  The scholarships range from $1,000 to $5,000.  Deadline for submission of applications is March 8, 2017.

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

This is the twenty-second year the scholarships have been offered.  To date, the Adele DeLeeuw Scholarship Fund, which is a fund of the Plainfield Foundation, has awarded over one million dollars.  The awards are made in accordance with the terms of a bequest from Ms. DeLeeuw, author of 75 books, journalist and arts activist.

The Plainfield Rotary Scholarship Foundation, headed by Michael R. Townley, acts as selector for the scholarships.  Area Rotary Clubs assist in the selection process.  Only students attending high schools in Plainfield, North Plainfield, South Plainfield, Warren, Watchung, Scotch Plains, Fanwood and Edison are eligible.  Location of high school, not student’s residence, is the qualifying factor.  The student must also be accepted to an accredited college or university.

Applicants must plan to major in one of the following areas of study: art, poetry, writing, journalism or engineering.  They must demonstrate the scholastic aptitude and interest to pursue study in one of these specified areas.  They must also 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  Questions may be directed to Johanna Salvemini, Scholarship Administrator, at (908) 755-8098.