2022 Winter Institute Scholarship Application Form

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Cincinnati, Ohio
February 13-16, 2022

ABA’s scholarship program aims to create a more equitable path to entry for booksellers and bookstore owners who have made or hope to make a career in the bookselling industry. Winter Institute provides the valuable opportunity to engage in meaningful professional development and education, in addition to networking and community-building opportunities for booksellers, authors, and publisher reps. 


For more than a century the American Bookseller Association (ABA) has helped independent bookstores connect authors and readers, promote the open exchange of ideas, enrich the cultural life of communities, and build economically vibrant neighborhoods. ABA exists to help member bookstores grow and succeed, and we work to do that in a way that is committed to antiracism, representation, and equity. We believe that listening to many different perspectives and empowering underrepresented voices deepens our understanding and enriches everyone’s experience. We are committed to equity, dignity, and diversity for all Peoples. Winter Institute scholarships are intended to support this commitment and to create opportunities and  access. 


ABA strives to consider diversity in all forms, including geographic location, store size, and individual experience, when determining scholarship recipients. Scholarship winners receive waived event fees to in-person Winter Institute, a comped hotel room during the Institute, and up to $500 reimbursement for travel to and from the Institute.


Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. ET on Friday, June 25, 2021.




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Some optional questions to consider: What do you believe is the most important aspect of bookselling? What role does bookselling play in communities? How should a range of community needs regarding bookselling be addressed? In short, why is bookselling valuable in general?
How would Winter Institute help you achieve your goals as a bookseller and/or individual? Things you may consider: What needs in your community speak to you personally and how do you choose to address them? In your career as a bookseller, what steps have you taken to work toward your goals?
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Please include below store owner/manager contact information. They may be contacted to support your application.

By pressing “submit” you acknowledge that recipients are required to attend all publisher sponsored events where they have been assigned seating. A submission demonstrates interest in receiving a scholarship, but it does not guarantee selection. Winners will be announced in July 2021. You will be contacted directly if you have been selected for a scholarship.

About ABA

The American Booksellers Association, a national not-for-profit trade organization, works with booksellers and industry partners to ensure the success and profitability of independently owned book retailers, and to assist in expanding the community of the book.

Independent bookstores act as community anchors; they serve a unique role in promoting the open exchange of ideas, enriching the cultural life of communities, and creating economically vibrant neighborhoods.


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