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5 students receive ACES scholarships for their editing abilities

February 4, 2022 By ACES Staff Scholarships
Left to right: Brooke James, Rossilynne Culgan, Ian Krietzberg, Arisbeth Rodriguez, & Katie Sawyer.

Five students have been chosen as winners of the 2021-22 scholarships from ACES: The Society for Editing. Winners include undergraduates and graduate students from a broad range of universities. 

The Aubespin Scholarship — named for longtime editor Merv Aubespin, who is known as “the godfather of ACES” — goes to Brooke James, majoring in editing and publishing at Brigham Young University. James has experience in editing, proofreading, and writing, and served as the assistant managing editor for Stowaway Magazine last semester. 

The winners of the ACES scholarships are Rossilynne Culgan, Ian Krietzberg, Arisbeth Rodriguez, and Katie Sawyer. 

Culgan is completing Columbia University’s master of arts program in arts and culture journalism. She served as director of editorial and growth for a year at WhereBy.Us, a national digital journalism startup, and also has experience in marketing and reporting.

Krietzberg is majoring in journalism and professional writing at the College of New Jersey, and has served as managing editor of the student newspaper, The Signal, for over a year. He also has experience in writing and reporting, with a particular interest in popular music. 

Rodriguez, a student at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, is majoring in mass communication with a concentration in journalism. She has been a copy editor and online editor at The Rider, the student news publication at UT-RGV, and wants to work as an editor after graduation.

Sawyer, a master’s student in journalism, media, and globalization at Aarhus University and the University of Amsterdam, is specializing in politics and communication. She has experience as a news copy editor and reporter at several publications. 

The Aubespin scholar receives a $2,500 scholarship, and the other winners receive $1,500 each. In addition to the awards, the students receive support to attend the annual ACES national conference for a chance to build their skills and network with professional editors. The scholarships are administered by the ACES Education Fund and are supported by contributions from ACES members and others who support the craft of editing.

Finalists for the 2021-22 ACES scholarships took a timed editing test in addition to the initial application materials, which included a short essay about a question they would ask professional editors and three editing scenarios.  

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