The Book Industry Charitable Foundation (Binc) is accepting applications from eligible bookstore employees, bookstore owners, former Borders employees, and dependents of each for the Binc Scholarship program, which will award up to 35 higher education awards totaling $100,000. The scholarships are for full- or part-time study for the 2013 – 2014 academic year at an accredited institution of the student’s choice. The deadline to apply is April 18.
The Binc scholarship program extends to all current employees and owners of retail bookstores in the U.S. and their dependents who have a minimum of one year of continuous employment at the bookstore. The bookstore must have a bricks-and-mortar presence in the U.S. and a substantial portion of the store’s revenue must come from the sale of books. Eligible employees must be employed directly by the bookstore.
Up to 30 Binc Scholar Awards of $2,500 each and up to five Binc Honor Scholar Awards of $5,000 each will be awarded. To date, the program has supported the educational goals of almost 500 recipients with more than $1.1 million in awards.
The evaluation process for the 2013 program will look at financial need, prior academic success, leadership capabilities, participation in school and community activities, work experience, and career aspirations.
Booksellers and their dependents who are interested in applying should visit scholarshipamerica.org/binc for full details and to register.