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Claudette Upton Scholarship for EAC Students

Student members of the Editors' Association of Canada are invited to submit an application for EAC's newest national award, the Claudette Upton Scholarship.

The scholarship

Claudette Reed Upton-Keeley2010 will mark the inaugural year for awarding the Claudette Upton Scholarship. The scholarship is named after EAC honorary life member Claudette Upton, 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.

This is a $1,000 scholarship to help support continuing professional development in editing. The winner is encouraged to use the prize to attend EAC's national conference, purchase EAC publications or attend association workshops. The winner will be acknowledged in person at EAC's national conference, Reflections: Editing Content and Culture, in Montreal, on May 29, 2010.

How to apply

Applicants must be current student members of EAC. The application package must include the following documents.

  • a reference letter from an instructor in the applicant's course or program
  • a resumé (two pages maximum) describing the applicant's education and work history
  • a 300-word statement in response to the question "At the end of your long career as an editor, what one thing do you hope to be most proud of?"

Submit your application to

Claudette Upton Scholarship Coordinator
Editors' Association of Canada
505–27 Carlton Street
Toronto, Ontario M5B 1L2

Deadline: The application package must reach the national office by November 30, 2009.

Evaluation process

The applications will be evaluated by the scholarship selection committee. The winner will be the applicant who best demonstrates the following qualities.

  • aptitude for editing
  • commitment to pursuing a career as an editor
  • qualities reminiscent of honorary life member Claudette Upton as described above

The winner will be announced in February.

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