PLAINFIELD, NJ - Adele DeLeeuw had been a prominent Plainfield resident, and had established a scholarship fund to assist needy students in the Plainfield area for their pursuit of post-secondary education. High school seniors wishing to apply for the 2018 Adele DeLeeuw Scholarship can now obtain applications from their school guidance office.
The scholarships range from $1,000 to $5,000, and the deadline for submission of applications is Wednesday, March 7.
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.
Scholarship recipients from the graduating class of 2017 included Kenar Myers from Plainfield, along with Joshua Schmidt and Zachary Velling from Watchung Hills Regional High School, among others.
This is the twenty-third 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 www.rotarypnp.org/cs-adele-deleeuw-scholarship.php. Questions may be directed to Johanna Salvemini, Scholarship Administrator, at (908) 755-8098.