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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Applications for DeLeeuw scholarships sought

Plainfielder and children's author Adele DeLeeuw
established the DeLeeuw Scholarship Fund with a $1 million bequest.

Winter is a busy time for high school seniors, and Plainfield is no exception. Those planning on continuing their education at the university level are immersed in the applications process and in visiting their schools of interest. They are also making plans for the scholarship aid which will help ease the burdensome costs of a college education.

Which means it is time for Plainfield area students to think about applying for a DeLeeuw scholarship.

Adele DeLeeuw was a children's book author (she was credited with 75 titles in print at one point) who settled in Plainfield at age 14 and stayed for the rest of her long and productive life. With ne heirs, DeLeeuw bequeathed $1 million of her estate to help Plainfield young people pursue careers in art, poetry, writing, journalism or engineering.

The fund is administered by the Plainfield Foundation through the Rotary Club of Plainfield-North Plainfield. Awards are made annually in amounts ranging between $1,000 and $5,000 to students graduating from public, private or parochial schools in Plainfield and six other area communities (including, besides Plainfield, North Plainfield, South Plainfield, Scotch Plains/Fanwood, Watchung, Warren, and Edison).

Students should contact their guidance counselor. Application forms may also be downloaded from the Rotary Club's website (see here). The 2014 deadline for applications is March 12. Those who have already won a scholarship are eligible to apply for a further grant for continuing studies. Those with questions can contact the scholarship administrator Johanna Salvemini at (908) 755-8098.

-- Dan Damon [follow]

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