Privacy Policy

This Privacy Policy (“Privacy Policy”) applies to (1) the website located at www.formanscholars.org (the “website”), which is owned and operated by the Forman S. Acton Educational Foundation (the “Foundation,” “we,” “us,” or “our”), and (2) any other websites, blogs, online communities, social media platforms, or other services that we may provide from time to time, whether on the website or otherwise (collectively, “Platforms”) and that link to this Privacy Policy. This Privacy Policy describes how the Foundation collects and uses personally identifiable information you provide on the website or the Platforms. Your use of the Platforms also is subject to any additional privacy policy that may be specified with respect to that Platform. As used in this Privacy Policy, the term “Sites” refers to the website and the Platforms.

Legal rights regarding the website

These electronically-transmitted pages belong to the Foundation. All rights are reserved. These pages may not be duplicated or reproduced without the Foundation’s express written consent. The information contained here is for the personal use of the reader. Making copies of these pages or any portion for any purpose other than your personal use is a violation of United States copyright laws.

Disclaimer regarding the website

By accessing and and using our website, you agree to these policies and disclaimers.

Limits of liability regarding the website

The Foundation and its employees have used their best efforts in preparing this website. The Foundation does not warrant or guarantee the accuracy or completeness of any information on our Sites. The Foundation and its employees or contractors shall not be liable in the event of incidental or consequential damages in connection with, arising out of, or in connection with the provision of information offered on the website.

Information Collection and Use

We collect personal information voluntarily submitted by visitors to our Sites for various purposes, such as creating accounts or downloading documents. This information enables us, among other things, to respond to requests for information and to correspond. We also compile aggregate information on our Sites' traffic. However, no transmission or storage of information submitted online can be completely secure, so any submissions are at the submitter's risk.

Personally Identifiable Information

We may disclose your personally identifiable information to other companies or people as stated in this Privacy Policy, including under any of the following circumstances:

  • when we have your consent to share the information. You may grant such consent at the time you provide or transmit information to us;
  • to conform or comply with the law, or if we have a good-faith belief that such action is necessary to comply with a court order or subpoena, to cooperate with investigations by law enforcement or regulatory authorities or to participate or cooperate with a judicial proceeding, to enforce applicable terms and conditions of the website, or in urgent circumstances, to protect the safety of persons or property, including the website;

Grant Applicants

Information collected through the grant or scholarship application or review process will be subject to the terms of that process and not this privacy policy.

Cookies (or browser cookies)

This Website may use two types of cookies

Cookies and Other Technologies

A cookie is a piece of data stored on the user’s computer tied to information about the user. We may use cookies or other technologies (such as web beacons and pixel tags) to track site usage and trends, to improve the quality of our service, and to customize your experience on the website. We may provide this statistical information to third parties. We may use session-based cookies for session navigation purposes. We also use persistent cookies. A persistent cookie remains on your hard drive for an extended period of time. You can turn off the ability to receive cookies by adjusting the browser on your computer. If you refuse cookies, however, you may not be able to access or use some of the features we offer on our website. Electronic images known as Web beacons (sometimes called single-pixel gifs) may be used along with cookies to compile aggregated statistics to analyze how our Sites are used and may be used in some of our emails to let us know which emails and links have been opened by recipients. This allows us to gauge the effectiveness of our customer communications and marketing campaigns.

Third Party Cookies

Tracking Utility Companies

The use of cookies by our tracking utility companies, such as Google Analytics, is not covered by this Privacy Policy. We do not have access or control over these cookies. Our tracking utility companies use session ID cookies to make it easier for you to navigate our Sites, and to compile aggregated statistics to help us analyze how our Sites are used.

 Social Media Widgets

The Foundation’s website includes Social Media Features, such as the Facebook “Like” button and Widgets, such as the “Share” this button or interactive mini-programs that run on our Sites. These features may collect your IP address, which page you are visiting on our website, and may set a cookie to enable the feature to function properly. Social Media Features and Widgets are either hosted by a third party or hosted directly on our Sites. Your interactions with these features are governed by the privacy policy of the company providing it.

Log Files

Like most websites, we use log files, through which we may record IP (Internet Protocol) addresses, browser type, ISP (Internet Service Provider), referring/exit pages, platform type, date/time stamp, and number of clicks. These log files are used to analyze trends, administer the website, track user's movements in the aggregate, and gather broad demographic information for our use. IP addresses, etc. may be linked to personal information if you registered with the Foundation’s Sites.

Sharing of General or Demographic Information

The website contains a Google Analytics code that allows the foundation to collect demographic and interests about users who use the website. If desired, a user may opt-out of Google Analytics at any time. Please read Google Analytics' privacy policy to learn how Google retains, shares, stores or uses any data.

Links to Other Sites

We provide links to other websites solely for your convenience, as pointers to information that may be useful to users of our site. We have no control over the content on other sites and are not responsible for the privacy practices of such other sites. If you use our links to go to other sites, we make no warranties concerning the content of those sites, that those sites are free from claims of copyright, trademark, or other infringement, or that those sites adhere to an appropriate privacy policy. We do not endorse, sanction, or verify the information that is provided on linked sites. Unless we otherwise specifically indicate, we have no affiliation with any other organization mentioned or described on our site.

Notification of Changes in Use of Information

Our privacy policy is subject to change. In the event of any change, it shall be effective upon posting to this website.

Accessibility

We are committed to addressing the needs of persons with disabilities who access and use our website. We have incorporated into our website a variety of short-cuts and text description that make our website easier to navigate with assistive technologies. We welcome your comments and suggestions about how to make our website more accessible to the disabled community.

Original Posting: September 14, 2015