Madinah Thomas is no stranger to the Forman S. Acton Educational Foundation. As one of the first ever Forman Scholars to participate in the program, Madinah has been an unwavering member of our community since the inception of the Foundation. Today, the Salem native brings her experience full circle to serve as the newest member of the Foundation’s Board of Trustees, a role she hopes will allow her to give back to the community that helped her grow.
“I’ve received so much from the Foundation over the years,” Madinah said. “Now as a trustee, I’ll have a voice in important conversations and contribute ideas that will facilitate future growth for the organization and future Forman Scholars.”
Madinah’s first introduction to the Foundation was as a Salem High School senior, where she received a then-anonymous scholarship from the late Dr. Forman S. Acton. After the Forman S. Acton Educational Foundation was formed Madinah started her college education at Rowan University, becoming one of the first Forman Scholars ever. Throughout her undergraduate career, she watched as the Foundation grew. She enjoyed coming back to visit and check in on her progress in college. Madinah also served as a wonderful mentor and resource to upcoming Forman Scholars.
“It’s been really rewarding to be one of the students who has been involved since the beginning,” Madinah said. “I’ve loved watching the Foundation grow and provide scholarships, resources and opportunities for so many students over the years,” she said.
In May 2018, Madinah graduated from Rowan University with Bachelor of Science degrees in finance and accounting. Having started her career with the PricewaterhouseCoopers accounting firm in downtown Philadelphia, Madinah recently transitioned to a new role within the audit practice at M&T Bank in Wilmington, DE.
Throughout college and in her professional career, Madinah stayed in touch with the Foundation and its dedicated staff. Now, after coming to know her for years, the Foundation knew Madinah would be a perfect fit as its newest board member.
“I was really happy to hear I was being considered as a trustee because of how much the Foundation means to me,” Madinah said. “To be part of this community in a new way is super exciting and now I’m thrilled to keep giving back through this new opportunity.”
Looking to the future, Madinah plans to encourage other upcoming Forman Scholars to stay involved and mentor the Foundation’s current students – including her sister, Aliyah who is a current Forman Scholar.
“We have a whole new group of younger students to follow in our footsteps,” Madinah said. They are the future of this community. As a new trustee, I’m most excited to have a hand in the work the Foundation accomplishes each year for these students and so many others.”
When she is not auditing financials or mentoring students, Madinah enjoys working out (especially yoga), going to the beach and shopping.