Forman Scholar Elinor Frank Ready to Meet New People and Take on New Challenges in College

Elinor Frank took advantage of every second of her high school experience. She stayed busy throughout her four years, filling her schedule with field hockey games, choir and band rehearsals, and student government meetings. She even was a member of the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA).  

Elinor’s favorite high school memories, however, stem from yet another after-school activity: performing on Salem High School’s stage in numerous productions, including The Little Mermaid, Hello Dolly, Shrek the Musical and Newsies. She especially remembers her time in Shrek. 

“I played six different roles in that show, which was really exciting. To juggle all of those responsibilities was certainly a challenge, but it was worth it,” she said.  

Despite being involved in so many extracurriculars, this new Forman Scholar remained committed to her studies. She took special interest in an anatomy and physiology class, which makes sense, considering her college intentions. 

In the fall, Elinor plans to attend Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania to study along the school’s pre-physician’s-assistant track, as well as minor in American Sign Language. She hopes to work in pediatric medicine after graduation, specifically with the deaf and hard-of-hearing. 

For Elinor, the prospect of meeting new people in this next chapter of her life excites her. As a member of Bloomsburg’s Honors College, she will take many of her general education courses with the same cohort of students.  

“Meeting new people has always fascinated me. I love socializing with others and networking with them. I’ve already started to create a whole community within the Bloomsburg Honors College,” Elinor said. “We’re even discussing where we want to study abroad in future semesters. A study abroad component is part of every Honors student’s experience at Bloomsburg, and I’m really looking forward to it.” 

Elinor is no stranger to the Forman S. Acton Educational Foundation, having served as an inaugural member of its Youth Board. She’s enjoyed watching the Youth Board grow from a simple idea into a flourishing organization. 

“Through my involvement with the Youth Board, I’ve gained vital communication and networking skills. I’ve learned how to publicize an organization and share its mission with others,” she said.  

Elinor says the Foundation has provided her with numerous opportunities over the years that she normally would not have been able to take advantage of, highlighting Rowan University’s STEAM Academy as a proud example.  

“The program normally costs thousands of dollars to participate, but the Foundation can sponsor Salem eligible students that express interest,” Elinor said. “Through the STEAM Academy, I earned nine college credits, took SAT prep, leadership courses and completed three different internships. I also learned all about the college admissions process and how to interact professionally with others. It was certainly an invaluable experience.”  

To younger students involved with the Foundation, Elinor offers some practical wisdom and encourages students to check their emails regularly. She checks her email multiple times a day, explaining that promptly answering emails has opened so many doors for her in the past.  

In her spare time (which is very little these days), Elinor enjoys organizing, coloring and spending time with her family. 


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