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In making the plans for the Foundation’s 20th anniversary celebration a lot of ideas, details and options have been discussed. The one theme that they all have in common is the people, and more specifically the book people that made it all possible.
Becoming a Binc scholar isn’t easy – but those who have won scholarships in the past have a few things in common.
They want to work hard and invest in their future
Pursuing the career of your dreams through education is one way to invest in yourself and ensure that your job is something you will enjoy for a lifetime. Binc Scholars have pursued careers in tourism and travel management, graphic design and education knowing the fulfillment they will find in their chosen profession.
We’ve all heard the term “saving for a rainy day”, but what happens when that difficult day arrives? We all hope it never does, but an unexpected layoff, disability or a death in the family can create a loss of household income and wipe out a rainy day fund. If the family has been living paycheck-to-paycheck, bills can start to accumulate immediately even before the family member can return to work or find a new job, draining existing savings.
Each summer as the Binc Scholarship awards are announced we look forward to the thank you notes from recipients. The winners share stories of obstacles overcome, words of gratitude and dreams of reaching their goals. Their words serve as a reminder to all booksellers that a scholarship award from Binc can indeed open new doors to the future.
Domestic violence can happen to anyone, regardless of race, age, sexual orientation, religion or gender.
The stereotype of domestic violence is not always the reality. It can happen in any family and to couples who are married, living together or who are dating. Domestic violence crosses all economic backgrounds and education levels. Even if only one person is the target of the abuse, it still affects others in the family. Children growing up in abusive families may develop problems themselves. When they grow up to have partners and children of their own they may allow the pattern to continue. This is why domestic violence is a problem affecting the whole of society.
No one can ever be sure when a disaster will strike. Floods, wildfires and hurricanes can happen at any time with little or no warning. September is National Preparedness Month, a time for thinking about how best to protect your home, family and business should a disaster strike. The best time to think about how a disaster may effect you is before it happens when there is time to create a plan. Making sure your family and business are ready and informed should there be a disaster, is one of the most important things you can do to protect your loved ones and investments.
Flipping on a light switch or turning up the thermostat are things that most people take for granted. Having light and heat on a cold winter’s night provides comfort and safety for families everywhere. But, what if you didn’t have the option of keeping your lights and heat on because you couldn’t pay your bills?
Homelessness is defined by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as an individual or family lacking a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence; and an individual who has a primary nighttime residence that is either a supervised publicly or privately operated shelter designed to provide temporary living accommodations (including welfare hotels, congregate shelters, and transitional housing for the mentally ill); or a public or private place not designed for, or ordinarily used as, regular sleeping accommodation for human beings.
“A million heartfelt thanks for the scholarship award! I am so profoundly grateful for your generosity and consideration. I sincerely love being a bookseller (I’ve been doing the job for almost half my life) and am touched to be the recipient of such a gift. The bookselling community is such a fantastic culture to be a part of, and your foundation is proof. “
-Angela Doherty, 2015 Scholarship Recipient, Powell’s Books
The Book Industry Charitable Foundation is pleased to announce the winners of the 2015 Binc Scholarships. The program awarded two scholarships at the $10,000 level, one $5,000 Karl Pohrt Tribute Scholarship and 50 scholarships at the $3,500 level, together totaling $200,000 to eligible current bookstore employees/owners and their dependents as well as former Borders Group employees and their dependents. The scholars are a mix of traditional and non-traditional students at both undergraduate and graduate levels. This group of students will be studying subjects from acting to social work to nuclear energy. 39 bookstores in 24 states, from Rhode Island to Oregon, can claim a Binc Scholar.