The Book Industry Charitable Foundation (Binc) announced the opening of applications for its 2021 Higher Education Scholarship Program, which supports the educational goals of dependents of bookstore and comic shop employees. The application window starts on March 3 and lasts through April 15, 2021. 

This year, the 2021 scholarship program will award year award seven $3,500 scholarships to the dependents of bookstore and comic shop employees, and a Karl Pohrt Tribute Scholarship award of $5,000 which will go to an independent bookstore or comic book shop employee that has overcome a learning adversity or is a nontraditional student. Binc Executive Director Pamela French offered the following comments on the 2021 program:

"We are proud to support booksellers and comic shop people investing in their families' futures through Binc's higher education scholarship program. After a difficult year, we are more than ever looking forward to helping students achieve their higher education goals and dreams. I encourage all booksellers and comic shop employees and owners with children, spouses, or partners who are pursuing higher education this year to apply for a scholarship."

The scholarships  offered through this program pay for full or part-time study at an accredited institution of the student's choice. Scholarship America will administer the scholarships, and the evaluation process will utilize criteria that include financial need, prior academic achievement, leadership capabilities that include participation in school and community activities, work experience, a statement of career and educational goals and objectives, and unusual personal or family circumstances. Application details can be found on the Binc website.

Binc has given $2.9 million to more than 2,200 comic stores, book stores, and individuals in 2020 (see "Dynamite Gives Binc $10,000").