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.:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. Recipients will join Reba & Dave Williams for dinner on Thursday night before the show.
Write a letter of need & desire and email to email@example.com
The B3 Bucket
Many bookstores have accumulated B3! points towards attending the show, but do not intend to use them. They can donate their points to our B3 Bucket, and stores that need a few extra points can ask for them.
NEW! The Pat Conroy Scholarships, sponsorsed by Penguin Random House
These 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 firstname.lastname@example.org:
- 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.
Booksellers can earn an all-expense paid trip to the show simply by engaging in SIBA programs and earning points. More info here
All grants will be dispensed before Aug. 1.