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Claudette Upton Scholarship


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

Claudette Reed Upton-Keeley

Established in 2009, the a  ward 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. The recipient is encouraged to use the scholarship to attend our national conference, purchase Editors Canada publications or attend association seminars and webinars. The recipient is acknowledged in person at Editors Canada's national conference.


How to apply

The applications period for the 2016 Claudette Upton Scholarship is now closed. 

Editors Canada will begin accepting applications for the 2017 Claudette Upton Scholarship in early 2018.


Judging criteria

The selection committee will choose a scholarship recipient who best demonstrates an aptitude for editing, a commitment to pursuing a career as an editor and qualities reminiscent of honorary life member Claudette Upton.


Thanks to our donors

Founding donors
Martin Keeley
West Coast Editorial Associates

2014–15 Donors

Ruth Chernia
Yolande Lamothe
Michael Newkirk
Halyna Parypa
Susan Reaney
Peggy Robinson
Jessica Sandham
Denise Steller
Brian Stewart
Petar Tomovic
West Coast Editorial Associates


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.

Donate online now.

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.

Send your donation to

Editors Canada
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505–27 Carlton Street
Toronto, ON M5B 1L2