The ACES Education Fund board welcomes Paul Chevannes and Maisha Maurant as its two newest members. Since 1999, the Education Fund, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and its predecessor have awarded more than 100 scholarships to deserving students who have a passion for editing.
Six scholarships are awarded annually through the Education Fund. One is the Bill Walsh scholarship, in honor of the late editor, author, and ACES guiding spirit. The winner receives $3,500 plus financial aid to attend the ACES national conference. Additionally, the ACES Aubespin scholarship winner receives $2,500, and four other winners receive $1,500 each—also with aid to attend the ACES conference.
Earlier this year in partnership with the Dow Jones News Fund, the Education Fund launched the Richard S. Holden Diversity Fellowship, a pilot program dedicated to promoting diversity and inclusion by advancing early- and mid-career professionals in their work as editors and aspiring industry leaders. The goal is to enable participants to obtain the training and support they need for a faster track to success. The first recipients will be announced soon.
Paul Chevannes is the supervisor of copy editing and proofreading at Tiffany & Co. in New York. He is a graphic designer and creative director whose work can be seen in the Cooper-Hewitt/Smithsonian Museum and the Museum of Modern Art. Paul is a longtime juror for the national Scholastic Art & Writing Awards for teenagers and looks forward to working with the Education Fund to support aspiring editors.
Maisha Maurant recently joined the professional service company Rock Central in Detroit as an organizational change consultant. She is also serving her second two-year term on the ACES Executive Committee. Maisha, a graduate of the Dow Jones News Fund’s summer editing internship and other programs for young editors, looks forward to giving back to such efforts through the Education Fund.
“We’re thrilled to have such dedicated advocates for editors on our all-volunteer board,” said Henry Fuhrmann, president of the Education Fund. He also cited the recent contributions of Laura Cameron, an editor in the Washington State Auditor’s Office, who is serving her first full term on the board.
Cameron is an editor in the Washington State Auditor’s Office. She first got involved with the Education Fund as a volunteer working on the silent auction at the annual conference. The auction remains a focus of her work for the fund, enabling her to draw on her experience in fundraising, volunteering, and event planning. She is an author and photographer and runs her own publishing imprint, Art for Art’s Sake Press.
“Paul, Maisha, and Laura bring great enthusiasm and fresh ideas to our group,” he said. “As editors in the private sector and in government, they represent vital cohorts within ACES and are broadening the expertise of our board.”