Since 1999, the ACES Education Fund, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and its predecessor have awarded nearly 150 scholarships to students who have a passion for editing.
The ACES Education Fund awards six scholarships every year to undergraduates and graduate students. In addition to individual cash awards, these scholarships also include financial aid to attend one of the two annual ACES conferences, in-person or virtual.
The Bill Walsh Scholarship Given in honor of the late editor, author, and ACES guiding spirit to a student who demonstrates excellence in the editing of news. The cash award is $3,500.
ACES Scholarships and Aubespin Scholar Given to five students who excel in critical thinking about written materials in any field and aspire to a career involving editing. Four of the awards come with a $1,500 cash prize. One student is chosen to be the Aubespin Scholar, which comes with a $2,500 cash prize.
The Richard S. Holden Diversity Fellowship
The ACES Education Fund sponsors the Richard S. Holden Diversity Fellowship in partnership with the Dow Jones News Fund. The award is dedicated to promoting diversity and inclusion by advancing early- and mid-career professionals in their work as editors and aspiring industry leaders. The fellowship recognizes the work of the late Rich Holden, who championed diversity in editing as the longtime managing director of the Dow Jones News Fund.
Each fellow receives up to $3,000 to apply to course tuition, conference fees, travel, or other costs related to their continuing career development and skill-building.
The ACES Education Fund is run entirely by volunteers and all awards funds are raised by individual donations.