Book Industry Charitable Foundation Scholarship Announcements

Ann Arbor, MI—The Binc Foundation is proud to honor the 2022 professional development scholarship recipients. Thanks to Binc’s supporters, $16,250 was awarded to fifteen booksellers and comic retailers from across the country representing bookmobiles, comic shops, and local bookstores large and small.

On the scholarships, Binc’s executive director, Pam French, said, “We are proud to offer these scholarships throughout the year to individuals across the country. Binc’s scholarships provide ongoing opportunities for professional development, help dedicated booksellers and comic retailers expand their skills, and remain at their stores supporting their communities. Be on the lookout for more professional scholarship news in 2023 as Binc launches additional professional development opportunities.”

George Keating Memorial Scholarship

The George Keating Memorial Scholarship provides $250 scholarships to a bookseller in the New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association (NAIBA), Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA), and New England Independent Booksellers Association (NEIBA), for the purpose of professional development.

Alicia Michielli – Talking Leaves Books, NY – NAIBA

Rachel Ford – The Bookshop, TN – SIBA

Katya D’Angelo – Bridgeside Books, VT – NEIBA

Macmillan Booksellers Professional Development Scholarship

The Macmillan Booksellers Professional Development Scholarships provide funds to booksellers traditionally underrepresented within the industry to attend their regional associations’ fall trade show or gathering.

Abby Rice – Title IX: A Bookstore, CT – NEIBA

Andrea Garcia – Cellar Door Books, CA – CALIBA

Charles Hannah – Third Eye Books, OR – PNBA

Sav Fields – Literati Bookstore, MI – GLIBA

Veronica Johnson – Libros Bookmobile, TX – MPIBA

Krystle Dandridge – The Book Bar, VA – SIBA

Rachel Ramirez – Storyhouse Bookpub, IA – MIBA

Kaila Boulware – Hidden Gems Literary Emporium, NJ – NAIBA

Carla Gray Scholarship for Emerging Bookseller-Activists 

This scholarship gives an independent bookseller the opportunity to attend two bookselling events, Winter Institute, and a regional fall trade show, as well as receive a $1000 grant for a project to make their community stronger. The community outreach component of this scholarship is focused on finding new readers and ensuring access to books that improve readers’ lives while integrating bookstores even more fully into their communities.

Kay Kerimian – Greenlight Bookstore, NY

Diamond Summit Scholarship

This inaugural scholarship, sponsored by Binc, gives two comic retailers the opportunity to attend the Diamond Retailer Summit gathering.

Kristen Parraz – Hi De Ho Comics, CA

Stevie Rowe – Vault of Midnight, MI

Denver Publishing Institute

This scholarship is a collaboration with the Binc Foundation, Sourcebooks, and the Denver Publishing Institute; it includes tuition room and board, and up to $2000 to cover travel and lost wages to attend Denver University’s publishing-focused summer program.

Jill Smith, Director of Denver Publishing Institute said, “We are especially impressed by the passion and innovation that she has brought to her bookselling career and know that her unique outlook will enrich the program experience for students and speakers alike. DPI is thrilled to be a part of her professional journey.”

Hannah Amorollahi – The Bookworm, NE

The Book Industry Charitable (Binc) Foundation
The Book Industry Charitable Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that coordinates charitable programs to strengthen the book and comic communities. Established in 1996, the core program provides assistance to bookstore and comic shop employees and owners who have a demonstrated financial need arising from severe hardship and/or emergency circumstances. Since its inception, the organization has provided over $11 million in financial assistance and scholarships to more than 10,000 families. Support for the Foundation’s programs and services come from all sectors of the book industry. The Book Industry Charitable Foundation’s mission is to strengthen the bookselling community through charitable programs that support employees and their families. The Foundation was imagined and built by booksellers and proudly continues to be their safety net. It is our vision to be a caring community of book people. Additional information can be found at

If you are a bookstore, comic shop employee, or owner facing an unexpected financial crisis contact Binc today. We are here to help.

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