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Claudette Upton Scholarship

Remembering Claudette Upton

Claudette Reed Upton-Keeley

Established in 2009 by West Coast Editorial Associates, the editorial partnership she helped found, 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.

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.

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 2018 Claudette Upton Scholarship is now closed. 

Editors Canada will begin accepting applications for the 2019 Claudette Upton Scholarship in early 2019.

Judging criteria

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.

Thanks to our donors

Founding donors
Martin Keeley
West Coast Editorial Associates

Annual donors
West Coast Editorial Associates

2016 Donors

Marie-Christine Bédard
Imogen Brian
Peter Colenbrander
Shelley Egan
Margaret Goodmanson
Andrea Hatley
Christine Ouellet-Dumont
Sarah-Jane Paul-Hus
Susan Reaney
Lois Richardson
Eve Rickert
Michelle-France Robidas
Peggy Robinson
Patricia Russell
Jessica Sandham
Tom Vradenburg
Avivah Wargon
Carol Zhong


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.

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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.

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