​Five young editors win scholarships

​Five young editors win scholarships

January 24, 2019 By Alex Cruden Contests and Awards

Five women with the desire and skill to get things right in writing have won $8,500 in scholarships plus financial support to learn more at the ACES national conference.

These students in the annual ACES scholarship competition wrote an essay about editing, analyzed samples of flawed writing, and took a timed editing test. ACES: The Society for Editing raises money for and administers the competition.

Anya van Wagtendonk

The top scholarship winner, Anya van Wagtendonk of the Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at the City University of New York (CUNY), is about to intern for a digital video news startup at the Sorbonne in Paris and work on a multimedia project of her own design. She has a bachelor’s degree in English from Yale University and has already worked for the PBS NewsHour, Philadelphia Media Network, and New York Times Syndicate.

Van Wagtendonk’s scholarship is for $2,500. The other four students, receiving $1,500 scholarships, are:

Emily DiAlbert
Lee Davidson
Savanna Smith
Sabera Akhter

Financial support for the winners comes largely in donations from members of ACES, an alliance of editors working at newspapers, magazines, websites, Fortune 500 companies, other businesses and nonprofits, as well as freelance editors, college students, and their professors. The ACES Education Fund has awarded more than 100 scholarships to students who have a passion for editing.

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