Summer 2019 Newsletter

Top row (L-R): Aniya Eldridge, Jason Franklin, Ashley Garcia, D'Angelo Maldonado
Bottom row (L-R): Akina Nichols, William Oakes, Megan Pankok, Aliyah Thomas

2019 Forman Scholars Kick Off Their College Careers This Fall!

This year, we introduced eight new Forman Scholars into our program, and this fall, each of them is set on making their mark in their first college semester! Our new scholars are – Aniya Eldridge, attending Stockton University; Jason Franklin, attending Rowan University; Ashley Garcia, attending the University of Massachusetts; D'Angelo Maldonado, attending Drew University; Akina Nichols, attending Swarthmore College; William Oakes, attending Lafayette College; Megan Pankok, attending Drew University; and Aliyah Thomas, attending Rowan University.

During the summer, we spoke to each of them about what their plans are for college, why they chose the school they did, and what they hope to accomplish in the fall semester.To read all about each of these wonderful students, click the links in their names or press the button below!
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Acorn Fund Applications Feature A
Brand-New Look-and-Feel!

Over the past year, we redesigned our Acorn Fund application to make it easier to sign up for an Acorn Fund College Savings Account, apply for a Graduation Bonus, or request Acorn Fund distributions to your college or university, once the time comes. The new website also makes the process easier for parents or guardians to apply for an Acorn Fund account for more than one child.

Funded by the Forman S. Acton Educational Foundation, the Acorn Fund is used to create and fund college savings accounts for every child living or attending public school in Salem City. Since it was created, over 900 children have signed up for Acorn Fund accounts.

Click the button below to sign up, request a distribution, or apply for the High School Graduation Bonus!
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Remembering the Salem Oak Tree by Growing Educational Opportunities for Years to Come

The Salem Oak Tree

After standing tall and proud for nearly 600 years, New Jersey’s oldest and largest tree, the Salem Oak, fell in early June. The iconic tree proudly stood for nearly 60 decades before coming down due to stem failure.

The tree harbors special memories for the community and holds a unique and storied history. Under this very White Oak, Quaker John Fenwick is said to have brought the first English settlement to West Jersey in 1675. History says Fenwick brokered a treaty with the native Lenni Lenapes under the branches of the tree. It’s not just a vital piece of Salem history, but of American history. However, just because this historic landmark is no longer standing doesn’t mean its legacy is forgotten. For many in the Salem community – including those of us at the Forman S. Acton Educational Foundation – the tree was a symbol of opportunity.

Read our memorial to Salem’s proudest oak below!

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Good luck to all students as they begin another school year this fall!

As our wonderful Forman Scholars have shown, education is a powerful tool that can unlock tremendous possibilities – take advantage of it!

- Larry Van Meter, Foundation President

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Salem, NJ 08079

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