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 and certificate programs.

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Currently accepting applications for the Indies with Impact Award

Indies with Impact

The Binc Foundation and Penguin Random House have come together to foster and enrich the relationship between a bookstore and the community they serve. Through a generous donation from Penguin Random House, Binc will award $1500 to a bookstore that creates and implements a program that strengthens their connection to the community, enhances the bookstore’s mission, and nourishes a passion for reading. Accepting Applications March 2nd – May 2nd.

Carla Gray Memorial Scholarship for Emerging Bookseller-Activists

The bookseller winning this scholarship will receive travel and hotel for attendance to Winter Institute, travel and hotel for attendance to their regional tradeshow, and a stipend to fund a community outreach project. Applications open in September 2020. (Comic retailers are not eligible for this scholarship.)

Denver Publishing Institute Scholarship

The University of Denver Campus

Binc in collaboration with Sourcebooks and the Denver Publishing Institute sponsor a scholarship for booksellers interested in exploring a career in the publishing side of the industry. Applications for the scholarship, worth up to $7000, to attend the Denver Publishing Institute will be accepted from January 1st, 2020 through February 26th, 2020. This scholarship includes tuition, meal plan, housing, and up to $2000 to cover travel and lost wages.

Macmillan Booksellers Professional Development Scholarship

The Macmillan Booksellers Professional Development Scholarship aims to strengthen the industry by encouraging a greater number of individuals from underrepresented groups to choose and/or continue careers in bookselling. This scholarship will allow up to one bookseller to attend each of the fall regional trade shows. Applications open in June.

ABA Winter Institute

Scholarships to help cover room, meals and travel expenses are provided by the Foundation. The scholarship winners are selected by the ABA. The current ABA rules and regulations apply for these selections.

Children’s Institute

The Binc Foundation offers scholarships to cover room, meals and travel expenses to Children’s Institute. The scholarship winners are selected by the ABA. The current ABA rules and regulations apply for these selections.

Higher Education Scholarships

Apply For a Higher Education Scholarship

The Application Period will Re-Open in January 2021

Karl Pohrt Tribute Award

This higher education scholarship is for a current bookseller or owner in the U.S. who is a non-traditional student or who has overcome learning adversity. There will be one (1) award of $5000 granted.

Binc Scholarship Program for Dependents of Booksellers

The Binc Scholarship Program seeks to make a lasting impact in bookstore employees’ lives and former Borders Group employees’ lives by offering scholarships to their dependents and spouses/partners based on financial need, academic performance, and community involvement – helping to make a college education more affordable for booksellers’ families. Scholarships are offered for full- or part-time study at an accredited institution of the student’s choice. There will be seven (7) awards for $3500 granted.

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