The Claudette Upton Scholarship is an annual, national award that recognizes a promising student editor from among Editors Canada’s student affiliates. It was awarded for the first time in 2010.
Remembering Claudette Upton
Established in 2009 by West Coast Editorial Associates, the editorial partnership she helped found, this award is named after Editors Canada honorary life member Claudette Reed Upton-Keeley, a gifted editor who loved the English language and was actively involved in social justice and environmental causes throughout her life.
Claudette was born in North Carolina in 1948 and lived in Alaska, Washington, Alberta, British Columbia and the Caribbean before her death in 2008. She worked freelance and in-house, specializing in scientific, medical and historical materials. Claudette also taught editing courses and was a much-loved mentor to many. She is remembered for both her wonderful sense of humour and her sharp mind.
About the scholarship
This is a $1,000 scholarship to help support continuing professional development in editing.
How to apply
Applicants must be current student affiliates of Editors Canada. The application package is to be submitted in digital format and must include:
- a reference letter from an instructor in the applicant’s course or program, or from a professional mentor;
- a resumé (two pages maximum) describing the applicant’s education and work history; and
- a 300-word statement that answers the following question:
Some topics and texts evoke strong emotional responses from all sides. Without overstepping, how can editors use their skills to help authors “bridge the divide” with readers of different perspectives and enable meaningful discussions?
Submit your application by email to email@example.com.
The application package must reach the national office by Friday, April 5, 2024.
The applications will be evaluated by the scholarship selection committee. The recipient will be the applicant who best demonstrates the following qualities:
- aptitude for editing;
- commitment to pursuing a career as an editor; and
- qualities reminiscent of honorary life member Claudette Upton.
Recipients of the Claudette Upton Scholarship
Prior to 2018, the application process for the scholarship began the year before the scholarship was awarded. The scholarship’s current schedule has the entire process (from applications to awarding) taking place in the same calendar year. We have shifted the year of the scholarship to reflect this updated schedule. So, aside from the year indicator, nothing has really changed. There was no 2017 scholarship, but we awarded the 2018 Claudette Upton Scholarship in 2018.
Support the Claudette Upton Scholarship
Help to support Editors Canada awards! We invite you to contribute to these awards that honour the outstanding editors and students in our midst.
We also welcome donations by cheque. Please make your donation payable to “Editors’ Association of Canada” with “Claudette Upton Scholarship” written on the memo line.
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West Coast Editorial Associates
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West Coast Editorial Associates