Thanks to you, the ACES Education Fund raised nearly $3,000 in GivingTuesday donations

Thanks to you, the ACES Education Fund raised nearly $3,000 in GivingTuesday donations

November 29, 2023 By ACES Staff

“To help support future editors — because we're irreplaceable.”

“It's our responsibility to the profession to support and nurture young editors and editors from historically marginalized groups.” 

“An ACES scholarship helped launch my journalism career — happy to pay it forward in honor [of] Henry Fuhrmann with whom I served on the EdFund board.”

"Scholarships helped pay for specialist books I needed, so I'm paying it forward by supporting the ACES Education Fund. Please join me! #GivingTuesday.”

These are just a few of the comments made by those who contributed to the scholarship programs of the ACES Education Fund on GivingTuesday 2023. 

The ACES Education Fund has raised $2,877 in support of its scholarship programs during this season of giving. Most of the 29 donors gave yesterday, GivingTuesday. The campaign to fund scholarships continues through the end of the year.  

A special thanks goes to Lisa McLendon, president of the ACES Education Fund Board of Directors, and Board member Merrill Perlman, who each generously offered to match donations for up to $1,000 during the day. 

Thank you. 

Thank you, thank you, thank you. 

All donations go directly to support future editors and all of the more than $100,000 total scholarships since 1999 have been raised by individual donations. By giving six scholarships to college and graduate students who plan to pursue editing as a career, the ACES Education Fund helps ensure the future of our profession. Read more about Audrey Kuo, Andrea Halland, and Steven Vargas, just a few of the nearly 150 total scholarship recipients. 

Each of these three represent one of the six awards. Vargas was named an ACES Scholar and received a $1,500 prize. Kuo received the Aubespin Scholarship, a $2,500 award that honors Merv Aubespin, a legendary editor and an early proponent of the formation of ACES. Halland was named a Walsh Scholar in honor of another legendary editor, Bill Walsh, Washington Post copy editor, author, and member of the ACES Education Fund Board of Directors. The $3,500 Walsh Scholarship is awarded to a college student who aspires to edit the news.

The ACES Education Fund also awards up to six Richard S. Holden Diversity Fellowships annually, given in partnership with the Dow Jones News Fund. The Holden Award is dedicated to promoting diversity and inclusion by advancing early- and mid-career professionals in their work as editors and aspiring industry leaders 

Through these awards and fellowships, the ACES Education Fund helps ensure the future of our profession. 

Ways to donate

The campaign to support the ACES Education Fund scholarship programs continues through the end of the year. Please help us reach our goal of 131 donors and $13,131.

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More about ACES and the ACES Education Fund

The ACES Education Fund, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and its predecessor have awarded nearly 150 scholarships since 1999 to students who have a passion for editing. The ACES Education Fund is run entirely by volunteers and all awards come from individual donations. 

ACES: The Society for Editing is the nation’s leading organization of editing professionals, educators, and students. Founded in 1997 by copy editors, ACES is dedicated to improving the quality of the written word and the working lives of editors. It sets standards of excellence and gives a voice to editors in journalism, government, business, publishing, and beyond through top-notch training, networking, and career opportunities. ACES hosts an annual in-person conference and, since 2022, an annual virtual conference, as well as monthly webinars and an introductory certificate in editing, which it co-hosts with the Poynter Institute, a global leader in journalism. 

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