2017 Class of Forman Scholars Starts College

A future athletic trainer, attorney, business owner, crime lab analyst and nurse just began their college educations.

How do we know? They’re our 2017 class of Forman Scholars.

The five young women who were awarded our annual, renewable $10,000 scholarships last school year are Arianna Lapp, Ayanna Chapman, Destiny Green, Elise Davenport and Emily Hill. They all graduated from Salem High School in the spring, and now they all have started classes at different colleges, bringing with them unique aspirations for how they plan to make a mark on the world.

Closest to home is Arianna Lapp, who is pursuing business management at Rutgers University - New Brunswick. She’s been inspired to work in business from working at her family’s store in Penns Grove, Lapp’s Dutch Market.

“I love the satisfaction of seeing people smile,” she said. “I’m looking to make the foundation proud.”

Ayanna Chapman’s going to school a few states away, at Ball State University in Indiana. She is double majoring in legal studies for business and Spanish, as well as playing varsity field hockey.

“At first, whenever I talked about college, I was freaking out about money,” Chapman said. “Now, I’m practically going to college for free. This has been a great, great thing for me.”

Destiny Green also said her scholarship has helped her focus more on her goals. A biology major at Montclair State University, she hopes to be a crime lab analyst.

“There are so many things I want to do, like study abroad somewhere,” Green said. “I know now I can set my mind on things and not worry about it.”

She also said it hasn’t only been the scholarship money that’s helped.

“Being an inner city child, I didn’t have many options for scholarships,” she said. “I like the idea that the foundation doesn’t just give you money and that’s it, but they care for you and want to see you succeed in life.”

Elise Davenport said she appreciates the support system that comes from other Forman Scholars, too.

“After I graduated, I had received some other scholarships, but this one really stands out because it’s like you’re part of this group,” she said.

Davenport plans to in turn pursue a career helping others. She chose her school, Messiah College, because it had one of the few nursing programs that allows students to travel to other countries as missionaries.

“For me, the biggest thing is I wanted to do something where I can help people,” she said. “I can feel like I’m making a more visible difference.”

Aside from Davenport’s eventual travels outside the country, Emily Hill chose a school farthest from home - The University of Tampa. A soccer player all four years at Salem High School, Hill is studying athletic training, hoping to work for a school or sports team in the future.

“The whole foundation definitely helped me out,” Hill said. “Talking to all the other scholars was a really great opportunity to get advice. It definitely helped me get out of my comfort zone, which is good, because I’ll definitely be meeting a lot of new people at school.”

To learn more about all our scholars, visit our Scholars page.


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