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.