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Eligibility: Applicants must be seeking degrees as enrolled college/university juniors, seniors or graduate students during the summer and/or fall term in 2018. 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, 2018. 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.

4. By rewriting it, edit the following first paragraph of a news article to make it clearer and more reader-engaging without it being any less accurate.

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

A.

BUDAPEST, Hungary – A train-bus crash Friday that railroad officials blamed on insufficient highway signage killed 29 people, according to government officials in the small town 40 miles from the nation’s capital where the crash occurred. They said the dead included six children, and that three Americans were injured, two critically.

B.

Millennials have been priced out of buying their first houses in many desirable areas, but a study by a real estate data gatherer points to more affordable houses in the Midwest and Southeast. The top five bargain cities in the study: Orlando, Tampa, Las Vegas, Oklahoma City and San Antonio.

C.

NEW YORK – Famed professional wrestler Randall (Randy the Dandy) Raguso leaped onto a subway track Wednesday, scant moments before a train arrived, and lifted to safety a young woman who had fallen from the station platform. The woman, who was not identified, then immediately shook herself from Raguso’s grasp and ran out through an exit.

6. Using one or more Word or PDF attachments, email your complete application – with “Walsh scholarship” in the message field – to alex@aceseditors.org.


The five 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:

A.

Over a 16-year period ending in 2013, the number of women-owned businesses in the United States increased at a rate of 59%, which was 1.5 times the national average. Now, in 2018, women own more than 11.6 million U.S. businesses employing nearly 9 million people and accounting for over $1.7 trillion in revenue.  

B.

If we value diversity, and I do, should we show preference to it, or should we rather move toward equality? I think that what makes this nation great is our kindness to the weakest of our kind, the generosity of our hearts, and the degree to which we truly become color blind.

C.

Proposed testing for oil and gas deposits off the South Carolina coast could set off unexploded bombs and radioactive waste dumped on the ocean floor, a group of municipal officials and activists said Wednesday at a news conference. The group called on the federal government to study the potential effects of seismic testing before permitting the work in the Atlantic Ocean. The testing process uses underwater air gun blasts. 

5. Using one or more Word or PDF attachments, email your complete application – with “ACES scholarship” in the message field – to alex@aceseditors.org.


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