PRINCETON, N.J., June 20, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Forty-four aspiring and accomplished students from 19 counties across New Jersey were awarded educational scholarships during ceremonies at Educational Testing Service's corporate headquarters today. The scholarships totaling $140,000 are provided through donations from staff and distributed as part of the ETS Employees Community Action Fund (ECAF).
The students maintained excellent grades, excelled in honors and Advanced Placement® classes, many while volunteering in their communities, working, or both. They did this while facing monumental personal and family challenges such as unemployed parents, disabled siblings, personal health challenges, homelessness, limited or no parental support.
"These students reflect the high quality of our public education system, and represent what people can achieve when they are motivated to learn and to excel, no matter the obstacles," said Kurt Landgraf, President and CEO of ETS. "These fine young people have overcome circumstances that no child should ever have to confront. Yet something inside compels each of them to persevere, where not all of us would. Our ETS employees are honored to contribute to their future success."
"And to all the parents, guardians and mentors here today, thank you very much for supporting and encouraging such remarkable young men and women," added Landgraf. "A few million more like you — and like them — and we'll have our country's problems solved within a generation."
The fund was created in 2008 to enable company employees to make a significant investment in their communities. Each year, an advisory committee made up of ETS employees identifies a new ECAF project that gives staff the opportunity to put their time and talent toward a significant goal. The project is then funded by the generous donations received from ETS employees during our annual employee giving campaign, ETS Cares.
Scholarship winners plan to attend Johns Hopkins University; Duke University; Georgetown University; Penn State University; Princeton University; Rutgers University; University of Delaware; Towson University; George Washington University; Seton Hall University; The College of New Jersey; Rowan University; Kean University; St. John's University; Albright College; Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; Cumberland Community College; and Sacred Heart University.
They intend to major in biomedical engineering; civil engineering; chemical engineering; psychology; physics; international relations; finance; marketing; business administration; pre-medicine; biology; nursing; physical therapy; athletic training; elementary/special education; criminal justice; political science; fashion merchandising; hospitality management/culinary arts; and others.
In the past the ECAF has funded the construction of a house for Habitat for Humanity® in Trenton, and an Education Resource Center near their headquarters in Lawrenceville, N.J.
The scholarship selection process was coordinated by ETS Scholarship & Recognition Programs (SRP), which annually administers millions of dollars in new and renewable awards for companies, organizations and agencies in the United States and abroad.
At ETS, we advance quality and equity in education for people worldwide by creating assessments based on rigorous research.ETS serves individuals, educational institutions and government agencies by providing customized solutions for teacher certification, English language learning, and elementary, secondary and post-secondary education, as well as conducting education research, analysis and policy studies. Founded as a nonprofit in 1947, ETS develops, administers and scores more than 50 million tests annually — including the TOEFL® and TOEIC® tests, the GRE® tests and The Praxis Series™ assessments — in more than 180 countries, at over 9,000 locations worldwide. www.ets.org
SOURCE Educational Testing Service