Eight students from North Plainfield and Watchung Area high schools received a total of $15,450 in scholarships from the Adele DeLeeuw Scholarship Fund at a dinner held Wednesday, June 12th, 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 Rotary Club of the Plainfields (Plainfield, North Plainfield and South Plainfield) administers the Adele DeLeeuw Scholarship Fund and is one of four 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. Fifty-three 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-four year total distribution to over 1.4 million dollars.
Scholarship recipients from the graduating class of 2019 included Elizabeth Bruno and Annika Schmidt from Watchung Hills Regional High School. The Scholarship Fund also provided continuing scholarships to college students Julia Amiano, Sierra Heuvelman, and Joshua Schmidt all from Watchung Hills Regional High School. This year’s Adele DeLeeuw Senior Scholars, students who were recognized as scholarship recipients from the Fund for each of their four years in college included Brenda Okereke from North Plainfield High School and Anthony Raphael and Christopher Silva from Watchung Hills Regional High School. An additional fifteen students from area high schools also received a total of $37,550 in scholarships from the Fund.
Applications for the 2020 Adele DeLeeuw Scholarships will be available in January from the North Plainfield, Plainfield and Watchung area high school guidance offices. For further information, call Johanna Salvemini, Scholarship Administrator, at (908) 755-8098.
L-R: Elizabeth Bruno, Joshua Schmidt, Julia Amiano (Adele DeLeeuw)
IMG3291-3292MOD The Plainfields (Plfd, N. Plfd, S. Plfd)
L-R Front Row: (Adele DeLeeuw), Nolan Berry, Brenda Okereke, Wyatt Gerber, Lynda Farinella, Brandon Pascale, Kenar Myers
L-R Mid-Row: Nicholas Ruzicka, Timothy Priano (Rotary), Shannon Jefferys (Rotary), Rev Joyce Sheyer, Eugene Mitchell (Rotary)
L-R Back Row: Janice Allen, Vicky Griswold, Rebecca Perkins, Kieona Miller, Michael Townley (all Rotary)