Scholarship Program

2016 Higher Education Scholarship Winners Announced

The Binc Foundation is pleased to announce the award recipients of their 2016 Higher Education Scholarship Program, which saw 27 students, who were either industry booksellers/owners or their dependents or former Borders employees or their dependents, receive a total of $109,000 in scholarship funding for their continuing education. The awards were broken down in denominations of $10,000, $5,000 and $3,500. These recipients were chosen from a pool of 123 exceptional applicants.

These booksellers, and their family members, received scholarship awards that which will help them achieve their dreams as doctors, lawyers, authors, teachers and social workers.

Higher Education Scholarships

For over a decade, the Foundation has focused on making a positive impact in the lives of bookstore employees by offering higher education scholarships based on financial need, academic performance and community involvement. Scholarships have been awarded to bookstore employees and their dependents for full-time or part-time study at any accredited institution in the United States.

Over $1.8 million has been awarded to help defray the costs of higher education for more than 600 individuals. These booksellers and their family members received scholarship awards to help them achieve dreams of becoming educators, writers, engineers, doctors and more.

Past Higher Education Scholarship winners

Bios of the 2015 Binc Foundation Scholars

Bios of the 2014 Binc Foundation Scholars

Bios of the 2013 Binc Foundation Scholars

Bios of the 2012 Binc Foundation Scholars

Professional Development Scholarships

The Foundation believes that the future of healthy bookstores lies in the continuing education of the owners and employees. To encourage further business development and growth, the Foundation offers scholarships for the following professional events.

ABA Winter Institute

Scholarships to help cover room, meals and travel expenses are provided by the Foundation. Congratulations to our 2013 winners! Check back in 2014 for updated entry rules.

ABA Children’s Institute

Selected in partnership with the American Booksellers Association, the Binc Foundation will offer scholarships to cover room, meals and travel expenses to Children’s Institute. The scholarship winners are selected by the ABA and their names provided to Binc. The current ABA rules and regulations apply for these selections.

Book Expo America

In conjunction with the American Booksellers Association, the Binc Foundation will offer scholarships to help cover room, meals and travel expenses to BEA. Rules and regulations for these selections will be announced in March.

Regional IBA Conferences

Scholarships to help cover room, meals and travel expenses to the regional IBA Fall Conferences are offered by the Foundation.** The scholarship winners are selected by each regional IBA and their names provided to Binc. All current regional IBA rules and regulations apply for these selections.

* * These scholarships are provided for where available. Not all regional IBAs offer a scholarship program. Check with your regional IBA for information on how to apply.