ACES Scholarships

Six scholarships are awarded annually through the ACES Education Fund to students interested in a career in editing. 

The ACES Education Fund awards six scholarships every year to undergraduates and graduate students. In addition to individual cash awards, these scholarships also include financial aid to attend one of the two annual ACES conferences, in-person or virtual.  

Five of these are the ACES Scholarships, including the Aubespin Scholar. 

The sixth award is the Bill Walsh Scholarship. 

The deadline to apply is Nov. 15. The ACES Scholarship application will be posted here on August 15 and will be available for three months, until the deadline has passed. It consists of a resume, references, a short biographical essay, and responses to editing scenarios. 

The Bill Walsh Scholarship application


Applicants for all ACES scholarships must be seeking degrees as enrolled college/university juniors, seniors, or graduate students at the time of the November 15 deadline, and demonstrate an interest in editing as a career.  

Applicants for ACES Scholarships should have a commitment to a career in the editing of written materials and demonstrate effectiveness in doing so.


Application materials for each year's scholarships become available on August 15. The deadline for all applications is midnight on November 15. All entry materials must be in English.

An entrant can apply for both the ACES Scholarships and the Walsh Scholarship by submitting a separate application for each, but can receive only one scholarship.

Applications for the 2023-24 ACES Scholarships are closed. We invite eligible scholars to apply for the 2024-25 scholarships beginning on August 15. Application directions and materials will open then.

Contact ACES Education Fund President Lisa McLendon at for more information.

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