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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

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: Our world is getting smaller and more connected. What challenges does this hyper-connected world present for editors and what are the skills we need to meet those challenges?

Submit your application by email to


The application package must reach the national office by Friday, April 3, 2020.

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.

Thanks to our donors

Founding donors
Martin Keeley
West Coast Editorial Associates

Annual donors
Simon Fraser University, Continuing Studies
West Coast Editorial Associates

2019 donors
Patricia MacDonald
Berna Ozunal
Lucy Payette
Paula Sarson

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.

Send your donation to

Editors Canada
Claudette Upton Scholarship
1507-180 Dundas Street West
Toronto ON  M5G 1Z8