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To maximize our efforts in eliminating the obesity epidemic among children, the Ash Hayes Scholarship will only be awarded to those who do not currently hold another NCCA-accredited fitness certification. You must also be at least 18 years old; hold a current, government-issued photo ID with signature; and commit to securing a CPR/AED certification with live skills check prior to registering for your exam. To submit your application, please complete all of the information below. Before your entry is finalized, you will also be asked to create a My ACE Account and submit payment for shipping.

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    Ash Hayes has dedicated his life to promoting physical activity and education among youth. He has served as a leader in schools, government-sponsored programs and as a youth sports coach, where he worked to help children of all ages develop a love of health. In honor of his commitment, how would you provide similar opportunities and education to help promote a lifelong love of physical activity among youth in your community and beyond?

    (maximum 800 words)

  • Ash Hayes Scholarship Terms & Conditions

    The American Council on Exercise ("ACE") has established the Ash Hayes Scholarship (the "Program") to grant scholarships ("Scholarships") to assist deserving applicants ("Applicants") interested in achieving certification by ACE as Certified Fitness Professionals and who satisfy Program objectives and meet all eligibility requirements ("Qualified Applicants"). By applying for the Scholarship, Applicants agree to be bound by these terms and conditions and those granted any Scholarship ("Recipients") agree that all such grants are expressly conditioned upon an agreement to and conformity with all of these terms and conditions.

    1. Objective. The objective of the Program is to assist Qualified Applicants who are working with children in a professional setting (or committed to doing so) to reverse the effects of childhood obesity in the United States.
    2. Eligibility. To be eligible to receive a Scholarship, Applicants must: (i) be United States citizens over the age of 18; (ii) be ready, willing and able to satisfy the requirements to become an ACE Certified Personal Trainer; (iii) not already hold any health or fitness certification from ACE or any other organization accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA); (iv) not be associated, directly or indirectly, with ACE or any sponsor of the Program; (v) not have been convicted of a felony or any crime involving a child; and (vi) successfully complete the application process.
    3. Scholarship. Each Scholarship shall consist solely of study materials then included in ACE's Personal Trainer Premium Program ("Program Materials") and a voucher for a single Personal Trainer Certification Exam (see, Section 7, below). Scholarships shall have no cash value and Recipients may not sell, assign or transfer any Scholarship, Program Materials or voucher to any other person. Program Materials are the copyrighted property of ACE and any attempted sale, assignment or transfer shall be void. Recipients agree to not copy or reproduce Program Materials.
    4. Application Process. To apply for consideration for a Scholarship, Qualified Applicants must: (i) complete and sign the application posted at‑hayes/apply.aspx; and (ii) submit an online essay, not to exceed eight hundred (800) words, demonstrating the commitment of the Qualified Applicant to providing opportunities for physical activity among American youth, promoting healthy behaviors and a lifelong love of physical activity by such youth, working in a professional setting that will allow the Qualified Applicant to make an impact in his or her community, and state how the Qualified Applicant intends to use an ACE Personal Trainer Certification. Essays (and accompanying materials) must be the sole and original work of the Applicant and, once submitted to ACE (whether or not they result in the grant of a Scholarship or the application is withdrawn), shall be the sole property of ACE and may be used and published by ACE for any purpose whatsoever. ACE reserves the right to reject any application for any reason.
    5. Consideration of Applications. One or more persons selected by ACE (and including persons associated with sponsors of the Program) shall review (completed) applications and recommend the grant (or rejection) of Scholarships to ACE. ACE may accept, reject or delay decision regarding such recommendations. ACE shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability, or status as a disabled veteran or Vietnam era veteran in granting Scholarships. The decision of ACE to conditionally grant (or not to grant) a Scholarship shall be final in all cases and may not be challenged by any Applicant or other person.
    6. Acceptance of Scholarship by Applicant. ACE shall notify each Applicant to whom ACE is prepared to grant a Scholarship by electronic mail (sent to the address contained in the Applicant's application) but no Scholarship shall be deemed granted unless and until such Applicant: (i) accepts the Scholarship in writing within seven (7) days of such notice; (ii) requests delivery of materials associated with the Scholarship and pays related shipping charges within sixty (60) days of such notice; (v) satisfactorily passes a background check; and (iv) authorizes ACE to use Recipient's name, likeness and statements for all purposes whatsoever. Scholarships that are not accepted as provided herein shall not be granted and any offer of such a Scholarship shall be void.
    7. Certification Exams. The grant of a Scholarship by ACE does not guarantee that the Recipient will pass the initial (or any) Personal Trainer Certification Exam. To use the exam voucher provided as part of the Scholarship, Recipients must qualify and register for the included Personal Trainer Certification Exam within six (6) months of his or her Acceptance of the Scholarship. Before registering for any such exam, each Recipient must also obtain, at the Recipient's sole cost, adult CPR/AED certifications after attending a live course of instruction.
    8. Taxes. Payment of all federal, state and local taxes due as the result of the grant of a Scholarship shall be paid by the Recipient. Recipient shall reimburse ACE for any taxes that ACE is required to advance.
    9. Privacy. Except as otherwise provided herein (see, e.g., Sections 4 and 6), information provided to ACE by Applicants will be treated in accordance with its Privacy Policy.
    10. Limitations and Changes to the Program. The number of Scholarships available under the Program is limited and Scholarships will be granted on an "as available" basis. ACE reserves the right, at any time, and without prior notice to: (i) terminate the Program; (ii) modify the Program, the Scholarships to be granted under the Program or these terms and conditions; and/or (iii) delay or cancel any Scholarship grant for any reason.
    11. Limitation of Damages. IN NO EVENT SHALL ACE OR ANY SPONSOR, OR ANY DIRECTOR, OFFICER, EMPLOYEE OR AGENT OF EITHER, BE LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGES SUSTAINED BY ANY APPLICANT OR RECIPIENT AS A RESULT OF ANY ACTION TAKEN UNDER OR RELATED TO THE PROGRAM OR ANY FAILURE OF ANY APPLICANT OR RECIPIENT TO ATTAIN ANY CERTIFICATION. In the event that any person shall assert any claim inconsistent with these terms and conditions, he or she shall reimburse any expenses (including reasonable attorneys' fees) incurred by ACE in defending against such claims.
    12. Miscellaneous. These are the entire terms and conditions applicable to the Program and may be waived or modified only by a writing signed by an officer of ACE. They shall be governed by the laws of the State of California (except as to conflict of laws) and any dispute related hereto shall be decided by a single arbitrator appointed by and operating under the auspices of the Commercial Rules of the American Arbitration Association. All proceedings shall take place in San Diego, California.
    13. Questions. All questions concerning the Program should be directed as follows:

    If you have any questions regarding the Ash Hayes Scholarship, please contact us at (888) 825-3636, ext. 718 or email

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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.