Scholarships Available to NEIBA Members Booksellers

Winter Institute Scholarship – Booksellers are encouraged to apply for a chance to win a scholarship to the American Booksellers Association’s 2019 Winter Institute by APPLYING HERE.

The 14th annual Winter Institute (Wi14) will be held January 22–25 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Scholarships will cover the conference fee; up to four nights plus tax at the host hotel; and transportation costs up to $400. ABA will announce the scholarship winners in August; registration for the institute opens in September. Booksellers from ABA member stores that did not have a Winter Institute scholarship winner in 2017 or 2018 are eligible to apply.

Booksellers attending the fall regional trade shows will also have a chance to win by dropping off a business card at the ABA booth.

Booksellers with questions about Winter Institute 14 or the scholarship application process should e-mail The deadline to apply is June 30 at 5:00 p.m. EST.

James Patterson’s Holiday Bonus – Bookstore employees, publishing professionals, authors, or bookstore shoppers may submit bonus nominations on behalf of any current independent bookstore employee of an ABA member store. All past recipients of Patterson grants are eligible. Booksellers can self-nominate. Applications must be made online by completing and submitting the application form found at HERE. In all cases, the vetting process will include obtaining approval from the bookstore employee and store in question to confirm current employment. A total of $250,000 dollars will be available in bonuses ranging from $750 to $1,500 for distribution in December 2018. The bonuses will be announced through the website.

The Macmillan Bookseller Professional Development Scholarship is now open for applications. It is a great way to cover the expense of participating in a regional trade show, offering up to a maximum of $500 for a bookseller from a traditionally underrepresented group to attend. To be eligible to apply for a scholarship, a bookseller must have worked in a bookstore as a regular full or part-time employee for a minimum of 90 days. The bookstore must be a member in good standing of one of the regional trade associations. The applicant will answer three brief essay questions and the winners will be selected by a panel composed of Binc board members, booksellers, bookstore owners, and publishers. Deadline July 1, 2018  APPLY HERE

Carla Gray Memorial Scholarship (BINC), a unique scholarship that will allow one bookseller to attend TWO major bookselling events as well as providing support for a community project. Booksellers make their communities better, the Carla Gray Memorial Scholarship is here to help them do it. More information here. Applications open in July