Anniston Community Education Foundation evolved as a result of the Partial Consent Decree (Consent Decree) between the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Solutia Inc. (Solutia),and Pharmacia Corporation (Pharmacia) entered by the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama on August 4, 2003. ACEF is to be funded by Solutia for 12 years.
Since its establishment in 2003, ACEF has supported initiatives that work toward the organization’s mission “to BUILD a collaborative network of diverse stakeholders to IMPROVE the quality of education in the targeted communities”. Most recently, the Foundation revised its funding initiatives to focus on Reading / Literacy, Parental Engagement, and High School Dropout Prevention.
We are dedicated to helping youth in the targeted communities of Anniston attend and succeed in the educational arena. The belief that “every child can and will learn with the proper educational resources” is echoed throughout the Foundation’s work. ACEF provides programs and services designed to increase academic performance, leadership, and community pride among youth in the community. Our regular programs include our Youth Coalition, annual Youth-Family Summit, and Parents as Leaders.
The ACEF Scholarship Fund Program provides scholarships to graduating high school seniors from Anniston, Oxford, Saks, and Wellborn who will pursue a course of study at either a two-year or four-year educational institution. For 2016, the ACEF Scholarship Fund’s award ceiling was $25,000 and the individual maximum award was $2,000. We also manage the Kevin Thompson Scholarship Fund and the Calhoun Power Scholarship Fund.
ACEF awards several small grants annually to organizations around the community whose programs/events provide a direct service to children from the impacted area. Funds directly impact the youth and create a measurable positive outcome. ACEF also partners with numerous organizations around the community to bring resources to children and families.