As media become ever more fragmented, the value of accurate, fair and worthwhile writing grows. To rise to the occasion as editors, five university students from across the United States are receiving relevant help from the American Copy Editors Society.
The ACES Education Fund is awarding each a scholarship for college plus more than $1,000 to attend ACES’ three-day skill-building conference, which this year will be in Portland, Ore., March 31-April 2.
Nehaly Shah of the California Institute of Technology (@nms077) is receiving a $2,500 scholarship, the Aubespin Award. Shah, who graduated from high school in Riverside, Calif., is a biology major who already has editing experience in four campus publications. After graduation, she aims for a job that combines science, writing and editing.
The other four students receive $1,000 scholarships. They are:
Sarah Fine of St. Louis (@Fine_n_Dandy), who has been a copy editor and reporter for the Columbia Missourian, the daily community newspaper published by the University of Missouri School of Journalism. She also has designed and produced news presentations in a variety of online and social media formats.
Carey Ford of West Terre Haute, Ind. (@CFordCompton), who was chief copy editor for the Indiana State University’s student-produced newspaper and is now its editor-in-chief. She also has experience in news design and in fiction and poetry writing and editing.
Valerie Hellinghausen of League City, Texas, (@vlh_val) who, like Fine, edits and reports for the Columbia Missourian online and print editions. She is a writing tutor for the University of Missouri and, this semester, is studying in Spain.
Alana Pedalino of Nutley, N.J., (@AP_Style_) a University of Maryland student who edits, writes, produces and/or hosts for the university newspaper, a radio station, a weekly music newspaper and a regular podcast.
Judging the scholarship applications were five professional editors: Mark Allen, Jeff Kleinman, Kari Majewski, David Sheets and Diego Sorbara.
The American Copy Editors Society’s Education Fund, a nonprofit organization, has awarded a total of 88 scholarships to students who have a passion for editing.