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EFA Ruth Mullen Memorial Scholarships Awarded

By: PRLog

Editorial Freelancers Association Announces Recipients of Inaugural Scholarships

NEW YORK - Sept. 15, 2022 - PRLog -- The Editorial Freelancers Association (EFA) is pleased to announce that Mauranne Vernier of Evanston, Illinois, is the recipient of the inaugural EFA Ruth Mullen Memorial Scholarship in the undergraduate category, and Kristen Shipley of York, Pennsylvania, is the recipient in the graduate category.

The two EFA scholarships—one for an undergraduate attending an HBCU (historically Black colleges and universities) and one for an HBCU alum pursuing a graduate degree—are available to students who are Black, African American, or of Black African descent and enrolled in a degree program leading to (1) employment in the publishing or communications industry, or (2) a career that could lead to their becoming a member of the EFA. Each $5,000 award will be paid directly to the scholarship recipient's HBCU or graduate school in two annual installments of $2,500 for disbursement on behalf of the recipient.

An incoming junior at Spelman College, Ms. Vernier is an English major who serves as editor-in-chief of the school's newspaper and as an editorial intern for Spelman's Blue Record podcast. She plans to pursue a career in the entertainment industry, with a goal of pushing Black storytelling forward. "I was thrilled to learn of my selection and am honored to be one of the recipients," she said.

Ms. Shipley is a 2018 graduate of North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (NC A&T), the largest HBCU, where she studied journalism and mass communications. She is just starting her first year at Harvard Business School and aspires to become a successful entrepreneur who inspires the next generation through her work, public speaking, and writing. "I plan to honor Ruth Mullen's legacy and her lifetime commitment to civil rights," she says. "With a background in journalism, I will use my voice to tell stories that we don't often hear."

Andrea Reid, co-chairperson with Andrew Huston of the EFA's Ad Hoc Committee on HBCU Scholarships and herself a graduate of an HBCU, said, "This is an unprecedented moment for the EFA, as it is the first time our association has awarded scholarships. It is especially important and gratifying that the scholarships are focused on HBCUs! I am honored to be a part of the process that has granted EFA scholarships to these two individuals, Ms. Vernier and Ms. Shipley, who are destined to change their communities and the world."

The Ruth Mullen Memorial Scholarship, awarded in partnership with the UNCF (United Negro College Fund) is named in memory of Ruth Mullen, longtime EFA member and volunteer. At the time of her tragic death in September 2021, Ms. Mullen was serving as an EFA co-executive. "Ruth was an early and strong advocate for this scholarship program," said Andrew Huston, co-chairperson of the scholarship committee. "Given Ruth's lifelong support of civil rights and educational equity, the EFA board of governors enthusiastically supported naming this scholarship program in her memory."

The EFA Ruth Mullen Memorial Scholarship program is being administered by the UNCF, the nation's largest and most effective minority education organization. Founded in 1944, the UNCF is a groundbreaking organization made famous by its slogan, "A mind is a terrible thing to waste." More than 500,000 students have earned degrees with the help of UNCF scholarships.

Founded in 1970, the Editorial Freelancers Association is a national nonprofit professional organization with approximately 3,000 members, including writers, editors, copy editors, proofreaders, indexers, translators, and others who work in publishing, communications, and related fields.

EFA Mission

The EFA advances excellence among our dynamic community of freelance editorial professionals by providing opportunities for business development, learning, and networking. Our resources help our members and their clients build successful collaborations.

"The Editorial Freelancers Association just might be the book publishing industry's most powerful secret weapon …" – Publishers Weekly

For more information about the scholarship program, email

Tax-deductible donations to the scholarship fund can be made by visiting the Ruth Mullen Memorial Scholarship page.

For more information about the EFA, visit

For more information about the UNCF, visit

Sheryl Holmberg, PR Chairperson

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