This Friday, February 27, is the deadline for applications for the Book Industry Charitable Foundation’s (Binc) 2015 academic scholarship program. Two scholarships of $10,000 and 50 scholarships of $3,500 will be granted this year through the Binc Foundation Scholarship Program to booksellers and their family members who are pursuing higher education goals.
In addition, the inaugural Karl Pohrt Tribute Scholarship of $5,000 will be given to a nontraditional student or a student who has overcome learning challenges. Pohrt, who died in 2013, was a former member of the Board of Directors of the American Booksellers Association and the founder and owner of Ann Arbor, Michigan’s Shaman Drum Bookshop, which closed in 2009.
Bookstore owners and employees and their dependents and former Borders Group employees and their dependents who are pursuing full- or part-time study at an accredited institution are eligible for the scholarships.
Applications will be evaluated based on academic achievement, financial need, and non-academic criteria, including a statement of goals, work experience, and unusual personal or family circumstances. The program is managed by Scholarship Management Services, a division of Scholarship America.
Awards can be used for tuition, fees, books, supplies, and room and board. Scholarships are a one-time award, but students are welcome to reapply to the program each year that they meet the eligibility requirements.
Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. CST on February 27. Visit scholarsapply.org/binc for full details and to apply.