Binc Foundation Opens Application for 2017 Higher Education Scholarships

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Binc Foundation logoThe Book Industry Charitable (Binc) Foundation is accepting applications for its 2017 higher education scholarship program for booksellers and their dependents from now through March 6, 2017. Binc will award up to $109,000 in scholarships to eligible bookstore employees and owners, independent booksellers association employees, and former Borders Group employees. Dependents are also eligible to apply.

Two scholarships of $10,000 and 24 scholarships of $3,500 will be awarded, in addition to the Karl Pohrt Tribute Scholarship of $5,000, which will be granted to an independent bookstore candidate who has overcome learning adversity or is a non-traditional student.

“When the foundation can provide financial support to create an opportunity for a bookseller to pursue their dreams, it aligns with our mission to strengthen the entire bookselling community,” said Binc Executive Director Pam French. “Helping to reduce the financial burden of college or trade school tuition for booksellers and their families is a primary goal of the Binc Higher Education Scholarship Program.”

Since its launch in 2001, the foundation’s Higher Education Scholarship Program has supported the educational goals of more than 650 recipients with over $1.8 million in awards.

All current employees/owners and dependents of retail bookstores in the U.S. who have a minimum of one year of continuous employment are eligible. The bookstore must have a retail bricks-and-mortar presence in the U.S. and generate a substantial portion of its revenue from the sale of books. Eligible employees must be employed directly by the bookstore.

Scholarship America (Scholarship Management Services) will manage the 2017 scholarship program. The evaluation process will utilize selection criteria including financial need, prior academic achievement and leadership capabilities (including participation in school and community activities), as well as work experience, a statement of career and educational goals and objectives, and unusual personal or family circumstances.

For full requirements and to apply for a Binc Scholarship, visit the Scholarship America website at