The 2021-22 scholarship application period has passed. 

Details for the 2022-23 scholarship application period will be announced in Spring 2022. The scholarship application deadline is Nov. 15, 2022. 

Merv Aubespin was a pivotal voice behind the formation of ACES in the late 1990s.
Bill Walsh was an author, blogger, and longtime copy editor at the Washington Post.

Six scholarships are awarded annually through the ACES Education Fund. 

One is the Bill Walsh scholarship, in honor of the late editor, author, and ACES guiding spirit. The winner receives $3,500 plus financial aid to attend the ACES national conference.

The other five ACES scholarships have a new and broader scope this year. They will be awarded to students who excel in critical thinking about written materials in any field. Four of the winners will each receive $1,500 and $2,500 will go to the student chosen as the Aubespin scholar. All five winners also are eligible for aid to attend the ACES conference. 

The generosity of donors enables all of these awards. 

The scholarship program is administered (but not judged) by two members of the ACES Education Fund Board, Lisa McLendon and Alex Cruden. Judging of the applications is done by two separate panels of five people each. The selection of winners is a two-step process. In December, the judges choose the finalists, who then take a timed editing test in early January. Test results are then added to the applicants’ portfolios, and a re-judging decides the winners.