SIBA is committed to helping every bookseller who wished to attend The Discovery Show find a way to come. Every year financial assistance is made available via the generous support of publishers and organizations who recognize what a vital resource the show is for stores and want to help them access it. After all, stronger bookstores mean better sales for their books.
This year SIBA has the following financial assistance and scholarship opportunities available. Check back, as scholarship opportunities are added as they become available.
**Application Deadline is August 15**
The Stephanie Crowe Scholarship / The Doug Robinson Scholarship
In gratitude for Stephanie & Doug's service on the SIBA board, a scholarship is gifted to a bookseller in each of their names to attend the SIBA Discovery Show. Each scholarship covers one room for 3 nights room & tax plus one All Pass to 8 meal functions. Write a letter of need & desire and email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Based on financial need, this scholarship is available for a bookseller who has not been to SIBA in recent years because they have been unable to afford it. Write a letter of need & desire and email to email@example.com.
Macmillan Diversity Scholarship Returns
Nine Scholarships Will be Awarded in 2019
The Macmillan Booksellers Professional Development Scholarship, a program sponsored by the Binc Foundation and Macmillan Publishers, provides the opportunity to attend a regional fall trade show to booksellers who are underrepresented within the book industry. The application period will run from June 15th through July 15th. For full details and eligibility requirements, please see the online application here.
The Reba & Dave Scholarship Fund
Open to any bookseller, this scholarship allows ten bookstores, each with up to two booksellers, one hotel room for three nights, and two allpass tickets to the meals at the show. Includes up to $300 in travel expenses.
Write a letter of need & desire and email to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Pat Conroy Scholarships, sponsored by Penguin Random House
Two scholarships are designated specifically for booksellers who have never attended a SIBA Discovery Show, held in September, in keeping with the Penguin Random House’s fifteen-year tradition of supporting educational programming for booksellers at the event. The 2 scholarships will cover up to $1,000 of the winner’s travel, hotel, and meal expenses for the Discovery Show first-timers. To be eligible, a bookseller must be a full-time employee of a SIBA-member bookstore, working at any level or capacity.
To apply, the nominated bookseller should fill out the information below, and email it to email@example.com:
- YES! I have never been to SIBA and I would love to go.
- E-mail address
- Bookstore: where do you work? How long have you worked there and what is your current role?
- Make Pat Conroy proud! Please write a short (two paragraphs is ideal) description of why you love being a bookseller and what you hope to get out of SIBA.