Book Industry Charitable Foundation Scholarship Program

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Book Industry Charitable Foundation Scholarship Program

The Book Industry Charitable Foundation is presenting a scholarship program. This Binc program is targeting the undergrads, graduates and currently enrolled students who are dependents of book store and former Borders Group employees.

The award program is specially designed to assist and strengthen the book industry and support the career of booksellers and their families. Scholarship America will administrate this program in the USA.

The Book Industry Charitable Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to assisting bookstore employees across the United States. The foundation was visualized and built by booksellers and continues to be their safety net.

Who May Eligible

Candidates must match the given criteria to apply:

  • Must be a high school senior or graduate or currently enrolled in any post-secondary or graduate level may apply.
  • Must be planning to be enrolled as a full or part-time undergraduate or graduate student at any accredited two-year or four-year college, or vocational-technical school, university, for at least half of the upcoming academic year.
  • Must be dependents of former full or part-time Borders Group who are employed with Border Group during the 2011 calendar year at any point and who had a minimum of one-year employment with the company.
  • Must be dependents of owners of the retail bookstore or current employees in the U.S. and must have a minimum of 90 days of continuous employment at the bookstore.
  • Karl Pohrt scholarship: must be dependents of current employees and owners of the independent retail bookstores in the U.S. who are non- traditional students or who have overcome learning adversity.
  • Note: Dependents include children aged 25 and under, spouses and qualified same-sex partners.

How to Apply

Candidates must fill out their information via an online application.

Supporting Documents

  • Must provide a complete transcript of grades. Unofficial or online transcripts must target student name, grades, school name and credit hours for each course and term.
  • Students must provide a copy of the first two pages of the 2018 or 2019 IRS Federal Form 1040 to complete the Finance Information section of the application
  • Grade reports are void.


The Binc scholarship program comprises eight awards to be granted as below:

  • Karl Pohrt Tribute Award of $5,000 will be given to a candidate who has overcome learning adversity or is a non-traditional student.
  • Seven awards amount of $3,500

Application Deadline:

The applications are open till March 11, 2020, 11:59 pm CT.

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