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Empowering professionals to lead youth

Dr. Asahel “Ash” E. Hayes, a 60-year veteran of the fitness industry and former executive director of the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, has dedicated his career to helping children develop a love of physical activity. His work, and the work of countless others, inspired ACE to create the Ash Hayes Scholarship. Our hope is that by empowering professionals we can continue the work of Ash Hayes and, collectively, help the 1 in 3 youth impacted by obesity today.

The program grants adults interested in or currently working with youth all the materials they need to become ACE Certified Personal Trainers at no cost.* The ACE Personal Trainer Certification is aimed at helping professionals lead people of all ages in one-on-one and small-group settings, and develop individualized exercise programs based on the ACE Integrated Fitness Training® Model. Our comprehensive learning program also incorporates the latest research in exercise science, coaching principles and kinesiology.

To apply for the Ash Hayes Scholarship, which will be awarded to 25 deserving leaders annually, applicants will need to submit a brief, compelling essay demonstrating their commitment to helping youth in their community adopt healthier lifestyles.

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Inspire change with a new career

ACE is committed to providing Premium study programs to applicants currently working with, or aspiring to work with, youth in a professional setting. The scholarship will be awarded to those who demonstrate a clear commitment to providing physical activity opportunities and health education to children and teenagers in schools, healthcare, recreation or community programs, fitness or a similar setting.

Our most popular ACE Personal Trainer Certification program, the Premium option includes a core set of study materials and study aids, access to our state-of-the-art eBook, as well as ACE Academy Elite, our interactive video-led experience. The online study platform divides all of your learning material into convenient lessons that incorporate interactive presentations led by ACE professionals, custom progress tracking, lesson quizzes, two practice tests and an exam review. Upon completion of ACE Academy Elite, candidates will receive an exam seat at one of thousands of testing centers around the world.

* Upon approval, qualified candidates will be responsible for standard shipping costs.

Dr. Asahel “Ash” E. Hayes

A Lifetime of service

Dr. Asahel “Ash” E. Hayes, former executive director of the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports (PCPFS) and current emeritus historian for the ACE Board of Directors, has served as a prominent member of the fitness industry for 60 years. While his appointment to the PCPFS under Presidents Gerald Ford and Ronald Reagan may be his most nationally recognized role, Dr. Hayes has been a lifelong advocate of physical fitness, exercise and health. He has served as a leader for various organizations including the U.S. Olympics Committee, the San Diego Unified School District and the IDEA Foundation. Dr. Hayes also served in leadership roles at the University of California, Los Angeles.

In addition to a career devoted to the advancement of physical activity nationwide, Dr. Hayes has been instrumental as a voice within the fitness industry. He has published or co-authored more than 80 manuals, guides and articles; presented at over 500 conferences and meetings; and he currently serves in leadership positions for eight international and national organizations, including ACE.

In recognition of his devotion to the promotion of physical activity, Dr. Hayes was awarded the PCPFS 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award. In addition to the prestigious honor, Dr. Hayes holds an impressive roster of awards that includes the American Medical Association Award of Recognition for Contributions in Exercise and Fitness, the American Legion Citation for Meritorious Service for Contribution to Youth Sports, the Kiwanis International Distinguished Service Award and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Award for Public Service.