Tasha Fowler has won the 2011 Diane Feldman STC Technical Editing SIG Undergraduate Scholarship. Tasha is a student at Texas Tech University, where she has a major in technical communication and a minor in communication studies. Since 2007, Tasha has worked part-time as a consulting assistant for Benton & Associates, an environmental, safety, and engineering firm. She is responsible for editing site assessments and permit applications, conducting research on environmental regulations, and creating marketing material and reports. In 2010, Tasha developed a style guide for Benton & Associates that facilitated the completion of a multi-site assessment and due diligence project for a national oil company.

Tasha is a member of STC and the Texas Tech University STC Student Chapter. Her career goal is to work in a corporate setting as a technical editor while also helping to improve overall communication for both internal and external clients through editing and teaching. Congratulations Tasha!

John Todd Hawkins has won the 2011 STC Technical Editing Graduate Scholarship. Todd is a 4.0 student at Texas Tech University, where he is pursuing an MA in Technical Communication. Todd has worked for 10 years as a technical writer and editor for KAMICO Instructional Media Inc. in Salado, Texas. In this position, he writes and edits standards-based developmental activities and games, assessment materials, and reading selections for students in kindergarten through grade twelve. He also oversees multiple editing and writing projects, trains writers and editors, creates and maintains in-house manuals, and writes and edits a wide range of user-centered documentation, proposal bids, and website and marketing materials.

Todd is a member of the STC as well as the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE). As a graduate student, he has conducted extensive research on the reliability and validity of the Texas state writing assessment and on the use of scoring guides and rubrics as instructional tools. His career goal is to continue supporting educators by developing writing assessments and editing electronic materials such as instructional software. He also hopes to explore research opportunities to identify ways in which students can be taught to be more effective editors of their own work. Congratulations Todd!

Tasha and Todd were each awarded $800.00 from the STC Technical Editing SIG. Applicants were judged on their work experience, career goals, significant achievements, technical editing project, resume quality, letters of recommendation, and grade point average.

About the Scholarship. The Technical Editing SIG Scholarship is awarded each year in honor of Diane Feldman, a long-time STC and Technical Editing SIG member who passed away in 2010. Diane Feldman was an Associate Fellow of STC and was the manager of the Technical Editing SIG for seven years. Through unwavering dedication and leadership, she successfully re-chartered and re-focused the SIG in difficult times, ultimately initiating a thriving and growing SIG. She also mentored many of the SIG leaders throughout their tenures, leaving a lasting mark on those leaders and their careers.

The STC Technical Editing SIG will be awarding an undergraduate and a graduate scholarship in 2012. For more information, go to http://stc-techedit.org/Scholarship.