Sherry Smith Award

Sherry Smith Award for New Indexers

The Sherry Smith Award of the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the American Society for Indexing will grant $100 to help one new indexer per year attend a PNW fall conference.  In order to apply, you must:

  • Be currently enrolled in an indexing course for initial training in indexing.  This includes the ASI Training in Indexing course, the UC Berkeley Extension Indexing: Theory and Application course, or individual instruction from an established professional indexer.


  • Be in your first year after completion of one of the courses above, as of the date of the fall conference.


Apply no later than one month before the fall conference.  Application is by email to the membership coordinator, indicating your name, location, course/teacher, completion date if applicable, and contact information so that we can verify accuracy.

Winner must be willing to volunteer for the Program Team for a one year period after selection, which is a group of indexers who help plan the fall conference.  The purpose of the award is to help emerging indexers experience the benefits of networking with other indexers while we harness your ideas and energy to invigorate future conferences.

The winner will be selected by random drawing from the pool of applicants who meet the criteria.  The winner will be awarded $100 which will be allocated first towards the conference fee, and then any balance remaining will be paid to the winner at the conference to defray other conference-related travel costs.  Conference attendance is required. Individuals can only win once.