Who We Are

The Forman S. Acton Educational Foundation is a private non-profit corporation founded in October 2014 to advance the educational opportunities for youth of the Salem City School District in southern New Jersey. It was funded by and named after Dr. Forman S. Acton, a pioneering computer scientist, engineer, professor and author who was born in Salem, traveled the world, and returned here to live until he passed away in February 2014. Many of the trustees in the foundation were friends of Forman who worked side by side with him to craft a vision for this foundation and to create a plan for how it would be successful.

Forman strongly believed that educational excellence formed the basis for his personal and professional accomplishments, and his wish was to create those same opportunities for young people from his home town. Today, the foundation provides financial assistance that aids educational goals in a number of ways, ranging from scholarships and savings accounts that help students pay for college, to prep classes at neighboring universities and learning opportunities in international settings. Through removing these barriers and creating pathways to educational advancement, the foundation is clearing the way for Salem youth to change the world.

In memory of Dr. Acton, we call our scholarship recipients Forman Scholars. Learn more about these amazing students.

We’re here to help Salem youth change the world.

Forman S. Acton was born in Salem and went on to change the world. Learn about his life.

The foundation’s Board of Trustees has deep roots in South Jersey. Learn about us.

The foundation is a 501(c)(3) private foundation. Learn about our tax status.

The foundation’s staff members are experienced, passionate and determined educators. Learn about us.

Our foundation aims to always keep a close connection to the Salem community, which is why we’ve asked Salem residents to serve as our Community Ambassadors.