Scholarships & Rebates

Professional Booksellers Certification

NAIBA booksellers receive a discount at registration for all Professonal Bookseller School courses, as well as a full refund when they successfully complete the course and receive certification. The discount code will be shared with members before  each course's registration opens. It must be used at the time of registration; there will not be a refund of the discount amount. The course fee will be refunded after the student is notified to the paying party (store or bookseller).

George Keating Memorial Scholarship

Family and friends of George Keating, a dear friend and long-time member of the book community, have gotten together to create a George Keating Memorial Scholarship in his honor. This scholarship fund will be used each year to help a bookseller from NAIBA, SIBA and NEIBA in professional development. It can be used to fund travel and registration fees to any of their regional's meetings and events.

The application for NAIBA booksellers opens every April for a three week period.

Binc is distributing the funds for the Keating scholarships, but the applications are being managed by NAIBA, SIBA and NEIBA. Booksellers whose stores are members of one of those three regional associations can apply for the scholarship at https://forms.gle/CRzLiZfmh3RyZ9nh8.

Donations to the scholarship fund can be made at

https://secure.donationpay.org/bincfoundation/keating.php

Rebate for new bookstores at Annual Conference

When the Annual Conference is in-person, bookstores who have never attended before get a free ticket package and a $100 hotel rebate. Purchase your full conference package then check in with NAIBA staff at the conference registration desk. Following the conference, submit your hotel bill to Eileen. Rebates will be processed after the conference.

Holiday Catalog: Credit for Displays & Features

NAIBA offers a $50 credit to any store that sends us photos of catalog displays, newsletter articles featuring the holiday catalog, etc. Email us proof of in-store and online promotions of the catalog titles. We’ll credit your store $50 towards any NAIBA program – membership, event registration, etc.

Binc Scholarship to the NAIBA Annual Conference

When we return to an in-person conference (in 2023) Binc provides two Annual Conference scholarships to NAIBA. Two lucky first-time conference attendees will receive $250 each to cover travel and hotel expenses, and NAIBA will sweeten the scholarship by awarding each a complimentary ticket packet.

WI and CI Diversity Scholarship

NAIBA funds a diversity scholarship to ABA's Winter Institute and Children's Institute for a staffer from one of it's member bookstores. The recipient will have their registration, hotel, and travel expenses covered by NAIBA.

Interested booksellers should email NAIBA the following:

Applicant's name, email & name of store

Number of years in bookselling

Diverse-identification

One paragraph essay that discusses: why you want to attend WI; what you bring to your store & the industry; and what you hope to gain by attending.

Number of times you've been to Winter Institute (although this has no impact on the scholarship).

Booksellers who have won a scholarship of any kind to Winter Institute or Children's Institute in the past three years are ineligible for the NAIBA diversity scholarship, as are booksellers who win any other scholarship to the current year's Institutes. Winner must be from a store that is both a NAIBA and ABA member in good standing.

DEADLINE for WI: November 30 for the Winter Institute

DEADLINE for CI: April 30 for the Children's Institute

Linda Cannon Grant

The team at Parson Weems is offering two $250 grants to NAIBA bookstores to be used to fund a store’s project or program. It could be for anything from equipment or technical upgrades, school library book donations, a business consultant’s time, or staff bonuses. Please submit your application via this form. The deadline is June 17, 2022.

Linda Cannon, our friend and colleague, was with Parson Weems, an independent publishers rep group, since 2003. Linda loved being a book sales rep and the business of publishing. She truly enjoyed working with publishers, authors and, most of all, with her booksellers across the territory. In 2017 Linda received NAIBA's inaugural Kristin Keith Sales Rep of the Year Award. Linda passed away in 2019. We are humbled to present these grants in her honor.

Eileen, Chris, Jason, Causten, Ryan
Parson Weems Publisher Services

Carla Gray Memorial Scholarship for Emerging Bookseller-Activists

Would you like to attend Winter Institute, your regional trade show in 2019, and receive funding to create a program at your store that impacts your community in a positive way?

Then you should consider applying for this first-ever year-long scholarship provided by the Binc Foundation and the Friends of Carla Gray.

Carla Gray believed that books could change people and that people change the world. This memorial scholarship in her honor connects on both fronts, at the intersection of books and activism. Supporting emerging booksellers and their efforts to make a difference in one's community were essential to Carla. The community outreach project can be anything from providing books to underserved children or bringing a special speaker to your store, the sky is the limit. We want you to think outside the box and hopefully, your project could be shared with other stores.

You are eligible to apply if you:

  • Have at least one year but fewer than 5 years of bookselling experience.
  • Work part-time or full-time at a bookstore in good standing with the ABA and your regional association.
  • Are willing and able to commit one year to complete the scholarship and you intend to remain employed as a bookseller through the implementation of your project.
  • Your store owner agrees to partner with you on your community outreach project.

Click here to apply today!

Questions? Please feel free to contact Kit Steinaway - kit@bincfoundation.org