SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - Five South Plainfield students received a total of $5,000 in scholarships from the Adele DeLeeuw Scholarship Fund at an awards dinner held Wednesday, June 10th, 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. Twenty-four thousand dollars was distributed this year to twenty-three area students by the Fund, a fund of the Plainfield Foundation. This year’s awards bring the Fund’s twenty-year total distribution to $1,083,500.
Scholarship recipients from the graduating class of 2015 included Kelley O’Brien. The Scholarship Fund also provided repeat scholarships to past graduate and college students Cody Decker, Thomas Riccardi, Hailey Carone and Sabrina Del Piano. An additional eighteen students from area high schools also received scholarships from the Fund.
Applications for the 2016 Adele DeLeeuw Scholarships will be available in January from the South Plainfield High School guidance office. For further information, call Johanna Salvemini, Scholarship Administrator, at (908) 755-8098.