Emerging Leaders Scholarship

This past year the ACM Foundation took the step of investing in future leaders for our field by creating the Emerging Leaders Institute, a two-day intensive training for folks who are new to leadership or are on the cusp of becoming leaders.   

How did we do?   

Ask Kirimi Flitter from CCTV in Salem OR:

The Emerging Leadership Institute was an incredibly valuable experience.  It was an excellent mix of individual reflection and group work, which included opportunities to evaluate and develop my own personal leadership style.  I walked away with practical tools and resources and a new network of friends and colleagues.

Or Seth Ring from Metro East Community Media in Gresham OR:

If you are looking to be energized, inspired and supported; to sharpen your leadership skills; and to come away with new ideas and strategic direction – this is the place to find it.


We were so encouraged by the first year’s work we want to make it happen again!  This time it will be in conjunction with the ACM National Conference in Chicago in June 2020.

To make that happen, we want folks to make a tax-deductible donation to the ACM Foundation on this Giving Tuesday – we need to raise $15,000 between now and next June to provide training, conference scholarships and transportation for emerging leaders who couldn’t otherwise afford this training.   

And if we get to $3000 on Giving Tuesday, we will receive an additional $1500 in matching donations from former leaders of the ACM.   

So please consider supporting new leaders in our field with your gift!   Your actions today will help future leaders for years to come.  

And thank you for supporting community media!

Mike Wassenaar
President & CEO
Foundation of the Alliance for Community Media


As we look forward to the 2020 Annual Conference, we are asking you to support emerging leaders in our industry by making a donation to the Emerging Leaders Scholarship Fund. Help us reach our goal!

Past Winners

Benjamin Vinar, Bloomington, MN
Jenn Ramsey, Easthampton, MA
Heather Rigby, Chippewa Falls, WI
Seth Ring, Gresham, OR