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Now accepting applications for the $1,000 Claudette Upton Scholarship!

Professional development is a vital part of EAC's mandate. We're also committed to supporting students entering our field. Please encourage any outstanding student affiliates you know to apply for the 2014 Claudette Upton Scholarship.

The scholarship

This is a $1,000 scholarship to help support continuing professional development in editing. The recipient is encouraged to use the prize to attend EAC's national conference, purchase EAC publications or attend association workshops and seminars. The recipient will be acknowledged at the banquet of the Editors' Association of Canada conference in Toronto on June 13, 2015.

How to apply

Applicants must be current student affiliates 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; and
  • a 300-word statement that completes the following: "What one skill or ability will be absolutely essential to your success as an editor? Give reasons for your answer."

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 March 2, 2015.

Evaluation process

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 as described below.

Visit the Claudette Upton Scholarship page for more information.

If you know a student who does not belong to the Editors' Association of Canada and who would be interested in this opportunity, please pass along this message and encourage them to join us. EAC has significantly reduced the annual fee for students to join EAC. Our student affiliate rate is just $50.

Remembering Claudette Upton

Established in 2009, the award is named after EAC 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.