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Rules for our 2018-19 scholarships will be posted in this space in May. The application deadline will be Nov. 15, 2018. The requirements are likely to be similar to those for the previous scholarships, which are below.

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

The Bill Walsh scholarship began in 2017-18 in honor of the late author and Washington Post copy editor. The ACES Education Fund is honored to provide the framework for this award, which, through the generosity of donors, pays the winner $3,000.

In addition, as in previous years, the Education Fund will award the $2,500 Aubespin scholarship and four $1,500 scholarships.

Who can apply? 

Applicants must be seeking college or university degrees and be enrolled as juniors, seniors or graduate students during the summer and/or fall term in 2017. Scholarships are awarded without regard to the student’s major or field of academic concentration. Previous scholarship winners are not eligible. Students in countries other than the United States may apply as well.


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.

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


Since 1999, the ACES Education Fund, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and its predecessor have awarded 99 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?

Apply before Nov. 15, 2018.

Apply Here

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.

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