Wondering how to go about applying for a scholarship so you can learn to be a better antiquarian bookseller (or collector)? The deadlines for many of the scholarships are coming up over the next several weeks, so I thought I’d let you know what opportunities exist.
Here’s a list of links for all the current scholarships of which I am aware:
Click here to see ten available scholarships offered by the ABAA, Abebooks, Alibris, Barnes and Noble, Bibliopolis, Foreseeing Solutions, and several others.
The Independent Online Booksellers Association (IOBA) offers scholarship opportunities to its members as well:
“The Independent Online Booksellers Association is offering two scholarships this year. IOBA awards these scholarships to support the professional development of member booksellers, and to strengthen the greater book trade community. We believe that a well-educated, well-informed, and ethical bookseller is a credit to the trade and to IOBA.
One scholarship is restricted to the 2010 Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar, to be held in Colorado Springs USA from August 8-13, 2010 (http://www.bookseminars.com/). The second scholarship may be used for CABS 2010, or for one of these other opportunities:
Rare Book School: http://www.rarebookschool.org
California Rare Book School: http://calrbs.org/index.html
In order to allow time for the RBS and CALRBS admissions process, a scholarship awarded to one of these schools is valid until December 31st 2011.
Each IOBA Scholarship is for tuition plus up to $400 for expenses. Non-North American winners will receive an additional $500 travel stipend.
1. Only open to current IOBA members in good standing, excluding members of the Scholarship Committee and current Officers.
* -What is your business name?
* -How long have you been selling books?
* -Please provide correct working URLs to your website and/or to other websites where you are currently selling books. Do you have an open shop, exhibit at book fairs, or sell at other venues? If so, please provide details.
* -How long have you been a member of IOBA?
* -Which program do you want to attend? Please let us know if you only wish to be considered for the open scholarship.
3. Write an essay of up to two pages about why you wish to attend and how this might aid your professional development. Since IOBA is a virtual organization, and few of us have met in person, this is your chance to introduce yourself to the Committee. Who are you? Why are you a bookseller? Are you involved in volunteer work in the community or the trade? What are your accomplishments? Your shortcomings? Your dreams? Why should we send you?
4. A letter of recommendation is required; this can be written by any bookseller except IOBA officers and members of the scholarship committee.
5. Email entries must be received no later than June 1, 2010.
6. The winner or winners will be chosen by the IOBA Scholarship Committee and will be notified by telephone and by email no later than June 15, 2010.
Submission by email to firstname.lastname@example.org”
What are you waiting for? Get out there and give it a try! If you know of any other scholarship opportunities I’ve neglected to mention, please leave the information in a comment below so everyone can learn about it. Thanks!
See you at Rare Book School!