Dr. Forman S. Acton always said his education is what made him successful. In his memory, we award college scholarships to Salem's highest-achieving students, and we call these students Forman Scholars.

Forman Scholars can receive $40,000 during their undergraduate college years. To be eligible, students must be in their junior year at Salem High School, or juniors living in Salem City and attending a school in the Salem County Vocational School District, or attending one of the public Salem County high schools open to enrollment to Salem residents. Applicants must also meet certain academic and financial need requirements.

We will begin to accept applications on April 1, 2018 from members of the June 2019 graduating classes.  Applications will be closed on May 31, 2018.  Please click here to learn more about the eligibility requirements and application process.

On April 1, 2018 or after, please click here to create an account on our scholarship application portal and begin your application.

If you have any questions about our scholarship programming, please contact Rick Wilson, Scholarship Director, at

Other Scholarship Resources

We want to empower Salem’s students in whatever ways possible, and that goes beyond the scholarships our foundation offers. Here are some other scholarship resources and organizations that can help Salem students afford an education. All are offered at no cost.

American Student Assistance (ASA) offers a variety of financial literacy tools including a very extensive scholarship search engine. To use the engine effectively, students create a profile to log in and then enter information that will fine tune their search. You may be asked major course of study, year in college, academic history, gender, ethnicity, etc. This information is then used to create a list of scholarships for which you may be eligible. Visit their scholarship page to begin exploring the possibilities.

College Greenlight is another online organization that offers an extensive scholarship search engine. As with the ASA, you create an account and profile to make use of the engine. Begin your search on their scholarship page.

RaiseMe is specifically designed to give high school students opportunities to earn micro-scholarships for completing courses while in high school and for participating in any number of school activities. Beginning in grade 9, student enter information about the academic and co-curricular achievements and micro-scholarships are awarded from an ever growing list of participating colleges. By senior year, students will have amassed a considerable amount of money which can then be turned into actual scholarship dollars if officially accepted by the college after going through the normal application process. To learn more about this opportunity, visit RaiseMe.

Please contact Rick Wilson, Scholarship Director at if you have questions about the above opportunities. Please also let us know if there are other scholarship resources that you have found helpful.