First, you are probably aware from reading previous blog posts here that my very own mentor, Mr. Z of Tavistock Books, is a bookseller who has been very generous to me and to many other new booksellers with his time, with his advice, and even with his reference book library. He has even offered a free, annual Reference Book Workshop for many years. He has been generous because he wants to see those truly interested in learning the antiquarian bookselling trade become great booksellers. To that end, Mr. Z is, for the first time, offering the Tavistock Books Educational Scholarship. From the Rare Book School website:
The Tavistock Books Educational Scholarship is a full-tuition scholarship opportunity that is available to all antiquarian booksellers interested in taking Joel Silver’s course, “Reference Sources for Researching Rare Books” (L-25), at RBS in Charlottesville, Virginia. One Tavistock Scholarship will be awarded in 2012. Preference will be given to individuals in the early stages of their careers and to those who would not otherwise be able to attend RBS without scholarship assistance.
To apply for the Tavistock scholarship, please submit a 2012 summer application to RBS no later than 16 April 2012. In a cover letter, discuss your reasons for applying for the scholarship to attend “Reference Sources for Researching Rare Books”; please include a brief description of your work in the antiquarian book trade, financial needs, and other relevant information. While not required, a recommendation letter from an ABAA member to accompany the application would be beneficial. Scholarship applicants will be notified of decisions by 30 April 2012.
The Tavistock Books Educational Scholarship is only available for “Reference Sources for Researching Rare Books” during the 23—27 July 2012 session in Charlottesville, Virginia.
If you’re reading this, Mr. Z, thanks so much for all you’ve done for me and for many other antiquarian booksellers who are learning the trade! We all appreciate it!
The second scholarship opportunity is offered by the Northern California Chapter of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association (ABAA). That just so happens to be the chapter to which I was recently elected Secretary. As such, it’s my job to make sure people know about the George Kane Memorial Scholarship.
George Robert Kane Memorial Scholarship
Application for Summer/Fall 2012
In memory of long-time member George Robert Kane (Oct. 6, 1913 – Nov. 28, 2009), the Northern California Chapter of the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America announces the availability of an Educational Scholarship. In the interest of promoting professionalism and education relevant to the antiquarian book trade, persons currently working in or actively pursuing a career in the book trade are especially encouraged to apply. The Scholarship will pay tuition cost (to $1,200) for participation in a course of study offered by the following programs in the Summer/Fall of 2012:
California Rare Book School (Los Angeles)
Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar (Colorado Springs)
Rare Book School (Charlottesville, Virginia)
Applications will be accepted until 5:00 p.m., May 11, 2012. The NCC/ABAA will notify scholarship applicants of its award decision via email by May 25, 2012. Scholarship applications may be submitted via an email attachment to the Chapter Secretary, Chris Lowenstein, at firstname.lastname@example.org or by regular mail to Chris Lowenstein, Chapter Secretary, c/o Book Hunter’s Holiday, 3182 Campus Drive #205, San Mateo, CA 94403.
To apply for the NCC/ABAA Educational Scholarship, please provide the following:
• A completed copy of the application form.
• A personal statement or essay (no longer than two pages) in which you describe your past or current experience in the world of rare books, your goals for the future, and what you hope to gain from the studies afforded by this scholarship.
• Professional references or letters of recommendation are welcome, but not required.
To request an application, please contact Chris Lowenstein/Book Hunter’s Holiday at: chris AT bookhuntersholiday DOT com.
What are you waiting for? If either of these scholarships might help you, go ahead and apply! You’ll never know if you don’t try.
See you in the stacks!