Binc Foundation Launches 2015 Scholarship Program

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The Book Industry Charitable (Binc) Foundation has announced that its annual scholarship program, which supports booksellers and their families.

By Dennis Abrams

BINCv9_03The Book Industry Charitable (Binc) Foundation has announced that its annual scholarship program, which supports booksellers and their families in their pursuit of higher education, is now accepting applicants.

Applications will be accepted until Friday, February 27, 2015. Binc will award up to $200,000 in scholarships to eligible current bookstore employees and owners and their dependents. (All current employees/owners and dependents of retail bookstores in the U.S. who have a minimum of one year of continuous employment at a bookstore are eligible. The bookstore must have a retail bricks and mortar presence in the U.S. and generate a substantial portion of the store’s revenue from the sale of books. Eligible employees must be employed directly by the bookstore) Also eligible are former Borders group employees and their dependents..

The awards to be given out are as follows:

  • Fifty (50) awards of $3,500
  • Two (2) awards of $10,000
  • One (1) Karl Pohrt Tribute Scholarship award of $5,000 which will be granted to a candidate who has overcome learning adversity or is a “non-traditional” student

Since 2001, the Binc Foundation has helped to support the educational goals of over 550 recipients with more than 1.5 million dollars in awards. Now in its fourteenth year, its focus continues to be on making a positive impact on the lives of bookstores and their families.

“The scholarship program has long been one of the cornerstones of how the Foundation helps booksellers,” Binc Executive Director, Pam French, said in a statement. “This year we are especially honored to launch the Karl Pohrt Tribute scholarship in memory of one of the country’s finest booksellers.”

To apply for a Binc Scholarship, visit the Scholarship America by clicking here.

Additional information about the Book Industry Charitable Foundation can be found by clicking here.

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Dennis Abrams

Dennis Abrams is a contributing editor for Publishing Perspectives, responsible for news, children's publishing and media. He's also a restaurant critic, literary blogger, and the author of "The Play's The Thing," a complete YA guide to the plays of William Shakespeare published by Pentian, as well as more than 30 YA biographies and histories for Chelsea House publishers.