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

Professional development is a vital part of our mandate at the Editors' Association of Canada (Editors Canada). We're also committed to supporting students entering our field. Please encourage any exceptional student affiliates you know to apply for the 2015 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 our national conference, purchase Editors Canada publications or attend association seminars. The recipient will be acknowledged at the banquet of the Editors Canada conference in Vancouver on June 11, 2016.

How to apply

Applicants must be current student affiliates of Editors Canada. 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: "As an editor, you will encounter opportunities to shape the work of others by providing context, insight and an unbiased view: how do you balance this responsibility with the need to retain the author's voice and vision?"

Submit your application by mail or email to
Editors Canada
Claudette Upton Scholarship Coordinator
505–27 Carlton Street
Toronto, ON M5B 1L2


The application package must reach the national office by April 4, 2016.

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.

Spreading the word

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

Remembering Claudette Upton

Established in 2009, the 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.