ETS and its employees have an extensive record of making New Jersey a better place by contributing thousands of volunteer hours for a broad scope of social services. In addition to volunteer hours, ETS also provides philanthropic support through cash grants and in-kind contributions. In-kind contributions may include the provision of products, technical support or the use of ETS facilities for community events such as charitable walks and runs; underwriting the costs of meetings and conferences; or donations of ETS surplus items such as furniture, equipment, technology or supplies. We continually reinvest in our local communities and the state.
New Jersey scholarships and grants
The New Jersey Teacher of the Year — ETS funds a six-month sabbatical, plus a new laptop, for the New Jersey State Teacher of the Year, allowing the teacher's district to pay a full-time substitute while the Teacher of the Year goes on his or her sabbatical.
Scholarships — ETS provides scholarships to graduates of Trenton Central High School, which serves students in one of the most economically depressed areas in Mercer County. In addition, through the ETS Employees' Community Action Fund (ECAF), ETS employees fund scholarships for graduating seniors of New Jersey public high schools. ETS also sponsors the William Turnbull Award, which is an annual scholarship to a student attending a two-year educational institution or vocational/technical program.
CDF Freedom Schools® (Children's Defense Fund) — ETS provides funding for CDF Freedom Schools in Trenton and Camden and helped establish the Camden Freedom School in 2015. Freedom Schools are summer and after-school learning programs for underserved K–12 students that help children fall in love with reading, increases their self-esteem, and generates more positive attitudes toward learning.
Woodrow Wilson Foundation (WWF) Teaching Fellowship — ETS is a major funder for the WWF New Jersey Teaching Fellowship, which places talented, committed individuals with backgrounds in the STEM fields into teaching in high-need New Jersey secondary schools.
Support for New Jersey educational associations and committees
New Jersey School Boards Association (NJSBA) — ETS annually funds the new school board member orientation program for newly elected/appointed school board members from throughout the state. ETS also serves on the NJSBA Equity Council.
The Mercer County Instructional Leadership Council (MCILC) — ETS holds one of two non-district seats on the MCILC, which meets monthly to discuss policy implementation, common challenges and to present successful solutions.
Support for other educational activities
School Partnerships — ETS supports school improvement by providing resources that focus on student and teacher performance, curriculum and program development, student needs and building a culture of learning.
Education Foundations — ETS provides annual grants to the Ewing and Lawrence Education Foundations. We played an integral role in helping establish the Lawrence Township Education Foundation and the New Jersey Education Foundation Partnership — a statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing public education.
Education Law Center (ELC) — ETS provides funding to the ELC in support of its education advocacy programs on equitable school funding and is represented on the ELC Board of Trustees.
Member of state and local organizations
ETS is proud to serve as an active member of these organizations:
- New Jersey Chamber of Commerce
- African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey
- Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey
- Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce
- New Jersey Business & Industry Association