“The Binc scholarship will surely allow me to focus more diligently on my studies. But further, the honor compels me to carry on the altruism of the Binc Foundation in my career as an information professional. Years from now, I hope to trace my success back to this incredible award.”
– Christina from Bookbug in Kalamazoo
The Book Industry Charitable Foundation is pleased to announce the winners of the 2014 Binc Scholarships. The program awarded two scholarships at the $10,000 level and 51 scholarships at the $3,500 level, together totaling $198,500 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 as diverse as veterinary technology, financial planning, publishing and graphic design. 34 bookstores in 26 states, from Vermont to California, can claim a Binc Scholar.
The 53 Binc Scholars were chosen from a pool of 155 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.
“We are thrilled to continue to provide scholarships to bookstore employees and their dependents, especially given the challenges of funding a college education,” said Binc Executive Director, Pam French. “Once again the candidates, from across the country, were impressive. We are proud and fortunate to help 53 of them achieve their educational dreams.”
Information about how booksellers can apply for the 2015 Scholarship Program will be released in early 2015. Stay tuned to www.bincfoundation.org for more details. Sign up for our email list to receive notification of next year’s program directly to your inbox.
A complete list of the Binc Scholarship winners can be seen here