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.

The next round of applications will be accepted in the spring of 2019. Please stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.

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.

Give Something Back provides mentors and scholarships to help Pell Grant eligible students go to college and graduate in four years. Scholarships are given to students in 9th grade who have: a 3.0 GPA or 85 B average, are eligible for a full federal Pell Grant for college, and have a positive presence at school and in the community. Priority is given to students in foster care, children that have been impacted by the incarceration of a parent or youth that have experienced homelessness. Watch this video to get started!

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. is another excellent search engine that provides a wealth of resources about scholarship possibilities as well as detailed information on over 4,000 colleges and universities. After using a simple process to create an account, you are allowed to use this free service to find out more information about scholarship opportunities. Click here to get started.

Another wonderful resource we have just discovered is a program called COLLEGEPOINT. This program offers eligible students an opportunity to be paired with an e-advisor who you meet with virtually during your senior year to discuss all aspects of the college application and acceptance process. To be eligible, you must:

  • Have a GPA of 3.5 or higher,
  • Tested in the 90th percentile on the PSAT/NMSQT (Math and Critical Reading combined score or 1280), SAT (Math and Critical Reading combined score of 1310) or ACT (composite score of 28)
  • Have an annual family income of less than $80,000 (ask a parent/guardian if you aren't sure about your family's annual income.

Visit their website to learn more about this exciting opportunity.

The Gates Scholarship is a highly selective, full scholarship for exceptional, Pell-eligible, minority, high school seniors. Starting in 2018, the scholarship will awarded to 300 top student leaders each year with the intent of promoting their academic excellence through college graduation, and providing them the opportunity to reach their full potential. Learn more by visiting their website.

The Scholarship America Dream Award is a renewable scholarship fund for students in their sophmore year in college and beyond - with growing, renewable awards that help ensure talented stduents can afford to complete the degree programs they've started. Click here to learn more about this opportunity.

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.