Maybe our favorite event every year is bringing together our Forman Scholars for our annual Scholars’ Dinner.
This year’s event was in mid-June at the Broadway United Methodist Church in downtown Salem City, and it was maybe our best yet. Nearly all our scholars were there to celebrate, including our newest recipients, Ayanna Chapman, Elise Davenport, Destiny Green, Emily Hill and Arianna Lapp.
The event’s much more than a dinner, but is really an interactive learning event for everyone involved. Each of the scholars had a chance to talk to all their fellow scholars, along with educators, community leaders, parents and friends.
“I hope you will have an opportunity to meet each other and enjoy the bonds that bring us together,” said Jean Blauvelt, chair of the board of trustees, at the beginning of the event. “As you know already, tonight’s theme is careers. Ultimately your goal as a Forman Scholar will be to find a career, but one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself right now is to decide to commit to the journey, not just to the outcome.”
Board member Larry Van Meter also opened the event with an exciting announcement – all of the current scholarship recipients met the necessary academic, community service and – financial literacy course requirements to continue to receive their renewable $10,000 scholarship for the upcoming school year!
It really was an inspiring event, evident from table to table as strangers became friends, united by a mission to foster a world of change through the combined efforts of everyone in the room. We’re extremely proud of all these brilliant Salem students, and thankful for everyone who was able to attend. We look forward to many more of these events in the years to come!