Editors' Association of Canada

Claudette Upton ScholarshipFR

The Claudette Upton Scholarship is an annual, national award that recognizes a promising student editor from among EAC's student affiliates. It was awarded for the first time in 2010.

Claudette Reed Upton-Keeley

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.

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 EAC's national conference, purchase EAC publications or attend association workshops and seminars. The recipient is acknowledged in person at EAC's national conference.

Past recipients

Daniel Polowin – 2013
Catharine Chen – 2012
Heidi Waechtler – 2011
Kathryn White – 2010
Helen Clay – 2009

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
  • a 300-word statement in response to the following question: "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.

Students may reapply in subsequent years, but scholarship recipients are no longer eligible to apply.

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.

The Claudette Upton Scholarship is governed by Operating Policy 9 of the Editors' Association of Canada, which is available in the Members' Area of this website.

Thanks to our donors

Founding donors
Martin Keeley
West Coast Editorial Associates

2013–14 Donors

Helen Brisbin
Hayley Cornelius
Kitty Elton
Carol Fahey
Nancy Flight
Jennifer Glossop
Audra Gorgiev
Monique Paultre-Cavé
Susan Reaney
Michelle-France Robidas
Jessica Sandham
Mary Scott
Brian Stewart
West Coast Editorial Associates

How to contribute

Donations to the scholarship fund are welcome. Please make your donation payable to "Editors' Association of Canada" with "Claudette Upton Scholarship" written on the memo line.

Send your donation to

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