“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.
The 53 Binc Scholars were chosen from a pool of 128 applicants through a third-party academic selection process conducted by Scholarship Management Services. Selection criteria included financial need, prior academic success, leadership capabilities, and participation in school and community activities, work experience and a statement of career aspiration.
“Each year I look forward to reading the plans and goals of the Binc Scholarship winners,” said Binc Executive Director, Pam French. “Their optimism and ambition is inspirational. This year’s award winners represent bookstores from across the country with a diverse range of areas of study, from writing to social work to technology. Congratulations to all of the students!”
Information about how booksellers can apply for the 2016 Scholarship Program will be released in early 2016. Stay tuned to www.bincfoundation.org for more details.
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