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 attending Salem High School, or 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. Additionally, applicants must be enrolled in the foundation's Acorn Fund prior to submitting an application.

We have recently selected 13 students from the 2021 Senior Class of Salem's students to be the next group of Forman Scholars who be attending their freshman year of college in September, 2021.  In September, we will begin the application process that will lead to the selection of the 2022 cohort of Forman Scholars.  We will have more information at that time that will outline the process we will use to make that selection.

In the meantime, please check out THESE TIPS  to make sure that, when the time comes, your application is the best it can be! You will also find other helpful information about the application process used each year.

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.

College Greenlight is an online organization that offers an extensive scholarship serach engine. You can 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.

Saving for College is a great resource for anyone looking to find college scholarships, but expecially those who want to start even earlier. This site has a selection of scholarships for younger students, even those as young as kindergarden! Click here to start searching. 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. 

Visit their website to learn more about this exciting opportunity.

The Gates Scholarship is a highly selective, full scholarship for high school seniors who show acceptional academic achievement, are Pell-Eligible, and from selected minorities. 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. This year's deadline for high school seniors to apply is September 15, 2020. 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.

The Recovery Village Health Care Scholarship is an award to students pursuing a health-related degree program who have personally been affected by addiction in their family. Visit their website to learn more about this opportunity.

As the population of older adults continues to grow and life spans lengthen, more and more young people are taking on the role of caregiver for older loved ones. On top of their demanding caregiving duties, many of these young people are simultaneously pursing college or graduate-level education.  Scholarships for student-caregivers help ease the financial burden faced by these hard working students. Please click here for more information about these opportunities.

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.