The Book Industry Charitable (Binc) Foundation is accepting applications for its 2017 higher education scholarships for booksellers and their dependents through March 6. The program will award up to $109,000 in scholarships to eligible bookstore employees, owners, and their dependents as well as former Borders Group employees and their dependents.
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.
All current employees or owners of retail bookstores in the U.S. and their dependents 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 scholarsapply.org/binc.