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

Eligibility:

Each year before the end of April, new rules for the Walsh Award and the other ACES scholarships are posted on this page. Below are the rules and exercises for the 2020-21 competitions. 

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. 

Requirements:

The specifics for all six scholarships are below. Applications must be emailed by the end of Nov. 15. All entry materials must be in English.

The Bill Walsh scholarship will go to an applicant who aspires to edit news and who demonstrates the talent and passion for language that Bill devoted his life to.

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

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.

The six steps to apply for the Walsh scholarship

1. Provide your résumé, with evidence of academic achievement and exemplary work in editing. Please include information on other substantial achievements/activities/interests.

2. References: Provide the names and titles or job descriptions of a total of three instructors and/or work supervisors, and their contact information.

3. Consider the following situation and then write, in 500 or fewer words, about what you would do if you were the rookie copy editor.

4. By rewriting it, edit the following first paragraph of a news article to make it clearer, more reader-engaging, and no less accurate.

5. Write a headline using no more than nine words for each of these three pieces of news:

6. What is the worst thing a copy editor can do or allow regarding the editing of a news story? And why do you think it is the worst?

Using one or more Word or PDF attachments, email your complete application – with “Walsh scholarship” in the message field – to alex@aceseditors.orgBegin the file name of each attachment with your last name.

The four steps to apply for an ACES Education Fund scholarship

1. Provide your résumé, with evidence of academic achievement and exemplary work in editing. Please include information on other substantial achievements/activities/interests.

2. References: Provide the names and titles or job descriptions of a total of three instructors and/or work supervisors, and their contact information.

3. Please respond in 500 words or fewer to this: If you could pose one question to a group of 700 editors – such as might be found at an ACES national conference – what would it be, and why would you choose that question?

4. Write a summary or headline (in ten or fewer words) for each of these three pieces:

Using one or more Word or PDF attachments, email your complete application – with “ACES scholarship” in the message field – to alex@aceseditors.orgBegin the file name of each attachment with your last name.


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