Bill Walsh was an author, blogger, and longtime copy editor at the Washington Post.

The 2020-21 scholarship application period has passed. 

Details for the 2021-22 scholarship application period will be announced in Spring 2021. The scholarship application deadline is Nov. 15, 2021. 

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.

Merv Aubespin was a pivotal voice behind the formation of ACES in the late 1990s.

Additionally, the ACES Aubespin scholarship winner receives $2,500 and four other winners receive $1,500 each — also with aid to attend the ACES conference. 

The generosity of donors enables all of these awards.   

Who can apply?

Applicants must be seeking degrees as enrolled college/university juniors, seniors, or graduate students during the summer and/or fall term in 2020. Scholarships are awarded without regard to the student’s major or field of academic concentration. Previous scholarship winners are not eligible.


Specifics regarding the applications for all the scholarships can be found at the “Apply Here” link below. The Walsh scholarship will be awarded to an applicant who demonstrates the talent and passion for language that Bill devoted his life to and who aspires to pursue the craft of editing the news.

Applicants for the other five scholarships should have a commitment to a career in the editing of written materials.

By submitting a separate application for each, an entrant can seek both the Walsh and one of the other scholarships, but can win only one. There will be two separate sets of judges.

Applications are made by email. All entry materials must be in English.


Since 1999, the ACES Education Fund, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and its predecessor have awarded 106 scholarships to deserving students who have a passion for editing.

The Walsh scholarship honors Bill Walsh, author, blogger, and longtime copy editor at the Washington Post. Walsh, who died in early 2017, was an active and creative member of the ACES Education Fund board.

The Aubespin scholarship honors Merv Aubespin, a former president of the National Association of Black Journalists who, as the chairman of the Human Resources Committee of the American Society of News Editors in the mid-1990s, greatly helped inspire the creation of ACES.

What is the deadline?

The deadline for the 2020 scholarship application period has passed. Details for the 2021 scholarship application period will be announced in Spring 2021.

Or contact Alex Cruden for more information.

So many winners

See the list of all of the ACES scholarship winners since 1999.

The Education Fund Board

Meet the volunteers who run the ACES Education Fund.