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Claudette Upton Scholarship
Remembering Claudette Upton
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.
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
Applicants must be current student affiliates of Editors Canada. The application package is to be submitted in digital format and must include:
- 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 answers the following question: "What metaphor would you choose to describe the author–editor relationship, and how do you see yourself living that out?"
Submit your application by email to email@example.com.
The application package must reach the national office by Friday, April 12, 2019.
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
West Coast Editorial Associates
West Coast Editorial Associate
Yvonne Van Ruskenveld
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Claudette Upton Scholarship
1507-180 Dundas Street West
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