Binc Announces Winners of Scholarships to Support Professional Development and Diversity in the Bookselling Industry

The Book Industry Charitable (Binc) Foundation is pleased to announce the winners of two scholarships managed by the foundation—the Macmillan Booksellers Professional Development Scholarship and the George Keating Memorial Scholarship.

The Macmillan scholarship allows eight booksellers from underrepresented groups to attend their region’s independent book association trade show. Each scholarship covers the cost of travel, lodging and meals up to $500. The winners were selected in an identity-hidden review process by a panel of employees from Macmillan and members of the Binc program committee.

Nikki High – Octavia’s Bookshelf – CALIBA

Shelby Dragone – Schuler Books – GLIBA

Nell Gehrke – Country Bookshelf – MPIBA

Jordan April – Flyleaf Books – SIBA

Frederick Rossero – Oblong Books and Music – NEIBA

Frances Metzger – Country Bookshelf – PNBA

Nikita Imafidon – The Raven Book Store – MIBA

Amani Jackson – The Ivy Bookshop – NAIBA

The Keating scholarship provides $500 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. The winners are chosen by each regional association.

Ivy Stevens – Buffalo Street Books – NAIBA

Nyawira Nyota – Page 158 Books – SIBA

Reagan Briere – Gibson’s Bookstore – NEIBA

“Binc is honored to help book people expand their knowledge and grow in their roles,” said Binc Executive Director Pam French. “Partnering with Macmillan Publishers, the friends of publishing sales rep George Keating and regional executive directors whose values align with the foundation allows us to support booksellers across the country. Thanks to these two scholarships as well as an additional scholarship for each region, Binc will distribute approximately $11,000 to ensure access to professional development for everyone.”


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