Book Industry Charitable Foundation (Binc) Scholarship Program

Book Industry Charitable Foundation (Binc) Scholarship Program or Binc Scholarship is available every year. This is open to students at high school or college level. Up to eight winners will be selected to receive the award. Please anticipate the deadline in March every year.

Scholarship Description
The Book Industry Charitable Foundation (Binc) Scholarship Program seeks to make a lasting impact in book store employees’ lives and former Borders Group employees’ lives by offering scholarships to their dependents and spouses/partners based on financial need, academic performance, and community involvement – helping to make a college education more affordable for booksellers’ families. Scholarships are offered for full- or part-time study at an accredited institution of the student’s choice.

This new scholarship program reflects a change in eligibility requirements from previous years (booksellers themselves are now only eligible for the Karl Pohrt Memorial Scholarship). This change in eligibility realigns the program with Binc’s mission to strengthen the book industry and support career booksellers and their families.

The program is administered by Scholarship America, the nation’s largest designer and manager of scholarship, tuition assistance, and other education support programs for corporations, foundations, associations, and individuals.

Award Value
Up to eight (8) awards will be granted as follows: Seven (7) awards of $3,500 each will be granted and One Karl Pohrt Tribute Award of $5,000 will be granted to a candidate who has overcome learning adversity or is a non-traditional student. This award will be granted to an employee affiliated with an independent bookstore.

Level and Area of Studies
High school, undergraduates or graduate level in any field.

Place of study
At any recognized institution in the United States.

Eligibility and Requirement

  • Be high school seniors or graduates or be current postsecondary undergraduates or graduate level students.
  • Plan to enroll in full- or part-time undergraduate or graduate study at an accredited two-year or four-year college, university, or vocational-technical school for at least half of the upcoming academic year.

Application Instruction
Please see full instruction of application process at the link below.

Submission Deadline
Around March every year..

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