Forman Scholar Jacob Grusemeyer Plans to Follow in Family’s Footsteps and Become NJ State Trooper

For Forman Scholar Jacob Grusemeyer, law enforcement runs in the family. Many of his relatives are current or former New Jersey State Troopers. With a desire to continue his family’s legacy of service to the community, Jacob hopes to one day count himself among the State Troopers’ ranks and protect New Jersey’s highways on the turnpike beat. For now, the incoming college freshman plans to learn all he can about the criminal justice system as he begins his criminology degree at Fairleigh Dickinson University this fall.

“I’ve been surrounded by the law enforcement field my entire life,” Jacob said. “While I’ve only recently decided to follow in my family’s footsteps, I’m confident that a career as a State Trooper will allow me to protect and serve the people of the state of New Jersey.”

While the process of becoming a State Trooper will be rigorous and physically-demanding, Jacob believes he will be up to the task. A four-sport athlete at Salem, Jacob continually demonstrated his athleticism on the high school football field, swimming pool, wrestling mat and track. He has decided to remain a student athlete at Fairleigh Dickinson, making the decision to play football and swim at the collegiate level.

“The prospect of playing sports at the NCAA level was what initially drew me to consider Fairleigh Dickinson. The coaching staff of the football and swim teams are both extraordinary, and I’m looking forward to growing as an athlete to be able to successfully perform at the next level,” Jacob said. “It also doesn’t hurt that a good friend of mine is also going to Fairleigh Dickinson, so I’m hopeful that a familiar face on campus will make the transition to college life smooth and seamless.”

Jacob is eager to hit the ground running come the fall, both on the field and in the classroom. Despite the many uncertainties the coronavirus pandemic is currently presenting colleges and universities across the country, Jacob remains optimistic and plans to make the most of his first semester.

“Ultimately, it is what it is,” Jacob said. “For me, the key to a positive and successful first few months on campus will be to remain as adaptable as possible to whatever COVID brings. While I recognize the seriousness of a global pandemic, I’m not going to let it damper the beginning of my college adventure.”

When Jacob encounters challenges in his life, he often takes inspiration from his time as an athlete to overcome those obstacles.

“As an athlete, the only way to get better is to keep practicing and keep pushing yourself to be better and play better. The same holds true in life. The only way you are going to get better at anything is to keep trying and never give up. A challenge may seem insurmountable now, but one day your hard work will prevail,” Jacob said.

Jacob realizes that the transition from high school to college is not easy, but he says the Forman S. Acton Educational Foundation has been there every step of the way, providing invaluable support.

“Every time I had a question about college, whether it was about the application process or the process of living on campus, the Foundation had an answer,” Jacob said. “Starting a new school in a new city far away from home is quite nerve-wracking, but I’m confident as I begin the next chapter of my life that the Foundation will continue to support my educational journey over the next four years.”

In his free time, Jacob enjoys spending time at the Jersey Shore, especially Ocean City, swimming and exercising. 


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