In February 2016 the Van Wyck Brooks Historic District membership voted to rename our  scholarship award in memory of Dottie and Joe, long time residents, active members, supporters and advocates for VWBHD. 

 A volunteer Scholarship Committee of our members meets to choose recipients from high school students in Plainfield based upon written essays on topics related to community building and civic matters, followed by interviews with finalists. Awards for up to four students in the amount of $1,000 each have been given in past years, with funds coming primarily from the proceeds of our historic house tours and supplemented with fund raising specifically for the scholarship. 

The Gutenkauf children, John and Polly, are pleased their parents are being honored in this way, by the neighborhood Dottie and Joe called home for many years.


To donate to the Dottie and Joe Gutenkauf Scholarship,  please click the button below to donate through Pay Pal, or send your check payable to "Van Wyck Brooks Historic District" with notation "scholarship" and mail to:

Van Wyck Brooks Historic District 

P.O. Box 2618

Plainfield, NJ 07060

Students interested in the scholarship should contact their school guidance counselors for application information.

Van Wyck Brooks Historic District

                      Plainfield, New Jersey

Van Wyck Brooks Historic District 

 Dottie and Joe Gutenkauf  

Memorial Scholarship.