Spring 2019 Newsletter

Seated (L-R): Aliyah Thomas, Ashley Garcia.
Standing (L-R): Megan Pankok, Aniya Eldridge, William Oakes, Jason Franklin, D'Angelo Maldonado. (Not pictured: Akina Nichols)

Introducing our Class of 2019 Forman Scholars!

Throughout the year, we’ve enjoyed monitoring the progress of our eight high school seniors who were selected as Forman Scholars at the beginning of this school year. Each has shared stories of their journey through the college application and acceptance process, and we can’t wait to hear their final school selections! So far, they have been accepted to some truly amazing schools.

Watch for more information about each this summer on our social media when we will showcase each scholar and share their decisions.

Get to Know Our New Foundation President, Larry Van Meter

At the beginning of 2019, the Foundation’s Board of Trustees appointed board member Larry Van Meter as its new President and CEO.

Van Meter, a South Jersey native and resident of nearby Cumberland County, has worked in education for 31 years. Most recently, he served as Head of School at Moorestown Friends School for 17 years before retiring from that position in 2018. Earlier in his career, he served as Headmaster of Darrow School in New Lebanon, NY, Director of Advancement at George School in Newtown, PA, and as a teacher at The Mountain School in Vermont. Van Meter joined the Forman S. Acton Educational Foundation Board of Trustees in 2015, and during that time, he has served as the chair of the Foundation’s Scholarship and Grants Committees, leading the decision to choose each year’s cohort of Forman Scholars. In his role as President and CEO, Van Meter will be responsible for strategic planning and developing effective programming, as well as for asset investment management and financial administration strategies that are aligned with the Foundation’s vision and mission.

Former President and CEO of the Foundation, Kathryn Markovchick, will continue to serve on the Board of Trustees following her retirement.

To read more about our new president, click the button below!
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Foundation Adds Three New Members to its Board of Trustees

(L-R) Karen Washington, Steve Waddington, Ken Aldridge

During the past few months, the Foundation has made three exciting new additions to its Board of Trustees.

In late 2018, we introduced Karen Washington, a South Jersey native and educator for more than 40 years, to our board. Then, in early 2019, we offcially welcomed two others in Steve Waddington and Ken Aldridge. Waddington was born and raised in Mannington Township in Salem County, and for the past three years served as a Community Ambassador to advise and help enhance the Foundation’s efforts to nurture the needs of Salem’s youth. Aldridge has spent more than two decades in education and currently serves as Head of School at Wilmington Friends School in Wilmington, Delaware.

Read more about each of these wonderful individuals on the news section of our website by clicking below!

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Summer Programming Available for Salem Students!

This Summer, the Forman S. Acton Educational Foundation is offering a number of exciting programs for Salem students that provide even more opportunities for young people in our community to grow!

In July, Rowan STEAM Academy, Rowan Music Camps, It’s a Girl's World, and One Village Alliance's Around the World in a Summer (ATWAS) program will begin. Rowan STEAM Academy provides high schoolers and middle schoolers with college preparation classes, tools, and experiences across the categories of science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics (STEAM). Rowan Music Camps will engage students in full ensemble experiences, chamber music, master classes, and evening concerts by students and faculty. It’s a Girl's World is a three-year commitment summer experience for middle school girls focusing on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics). ATWAS provides a mix of literacy instruction and activities that guide youth ages 6-13 on a journey to explore world cultures.

Lean more about each of these exciting summer opportunities by visiting the Grants section of our website below!

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Thank you to everyone for being so welcoming to me in my first few months as Foundation President! I'm thrilled about our future and look forward to continuing to inspire, educate, and empower youth across Salem!

- Larry Van Meter, Foundation President

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