Scholarships Merit-based
ACES: The Society for Editing

The Bill Walsh Scholarship

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3500 USD
226 countries
15 Nov 2022
Application deadline


Since 1999, the ACES Education Fund, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and its predecessor have awarded more than 100 scholarships to deserving students who have a passion for editing.

The Walsh scholarship honors Bill Walsh, author, blogger, and longtime copy editor at the Washington Post. Walsh, who died in early 2017, was an active and creative member of the ACES Education Fund board.


Scholarship type

Merit based

Number of scholarships to award



Up to 2,500 USD ($)

Scholarship coverage

  • tuition fee reduction
  • other


Six scholarships are awarded annually through the ACES Education Fund. One is the Bill Walsh scholarship, in honor of the late editor, author, and ACES guiding spirit.

Applicable programmes


The winner — a student who demonstrates excellence in the editing of news — receives $3,500 plus financial aid to attend the ACES national conference.

The other five ACES scholarships are awarded to students who excel in critical thinking about written materials in any field and aspire to a career involving editing. Four of these winners each receive $1,500, and $2,500 will go to the student chosen as the Aubespin scholar. All five winners also are eligible for aid to attend the ACES conference. The generosity of donors enables all of these awards.


Applicants for all ACES scholarships must be seeking degrees as enrolled college/university juniors, seniors, or graduate students during the fall term, and demonstrate an interest in editing as a career. Scholarships are awarded without regard to the student’s nationality, residence or field of academic concentration. Previous scholarship winners are not eligible.

Scholarship requirements




226 countries


226 nationalities

Study experience required

High school




Application deadline

15 Nov 2022

The Walsh scholarship will go to an applicant who aspires to edit news and who demonstrates the talent and passion for language that Bill Walsh devoted his career to. Applicants for the other five scholarships should have a commitment to the editing of written materials and demonstrate effectiveness in doing so. We’re looking for critical thinkers who have a passion for words and enjoy making writing clear, accurate and engaging. A student may simultaneously seek both the Walsh award and one of the other five scholarships.

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