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|Awards & Scholarships|
We present two awards to members of our community at the annual Fall Conference:
The Saul Gilman Award
The Saul Gilman Award is presented annually for outstanding service as a sales representative to New England independent bookstores.
2019 Emily Cervone, Chronicle Books
The Independent Spirit Award
The Independent Spirit Award presented by the Book Publishers Representatives of New England (BPRNE) recognizes the New England independent bookstore of the year.
Candidates shall be a current member of New England Independent Booksellers Association, principally a bookstore, have been in business for three years or more, and have exhibited creative excellence in the broad spectrum of retail book selling.
Recommendations for a particular bookstore are open to the BPRNE membership. Each year any member may submit the name of one nominee accompanied by a short statement in support of the choice. The submittals should be sent to the Officers at least two weeks before the spring meeting. The officers will prepare a ballot of all qualifying nominees for the spring meeting for a discussion and a vote by the attending membership. In the event of a tie, there shall be a run-off.
2019 Wellesley Books in Wellesley, MA
Due to COVID-19, NEIBA programming will be virtual for the foreseeable future. Until we can meet again in person, our educational scholarships are on hold.
Rusty Drugan Scholarship
The Rusty Drugan Scholarship for Emerging Leaders is awarded annually in memory of Wayne “Rusty” Drugan, Executive Director of the New England Independent Booksellers Association from 1992 to 2006.
Booksellers may apply directly for the scholarship or be nominated by others in the industry. Applicants must presently be working full-time in a NEIBA member bookstore and have been working for at least a year. The scholarship includes 2 nights at the Fall Conference NEIBA Headquarters Hotel and 1 ticket to each meal function.
2018 Nicole Brinkley, Oblong Books & Music in Rhinebeck, NY
Fall Conference Scholarships
Every year, NEIBA offers five scholarships to attend the annual Fall Conference, two sponsored by publishing partners and three sponsored by NEIBA:
Each scholarship has a value of $500 to be used for 2 nights at the hotel and 1 ticket to each meal function.
*Because diversity comes in many forms, and means different things to different people, we are not asking you to tick a box on this application as to how you feel you qualify for this particular opportunity. Instead, we’re trusting this community to honor this award with honesty. We at NEIBA are also committed to confidentiality and will withhold the winner’s name upon request.
Spring Forum Scholarships
This year, NEIBA is offering 1 scholarship to attend the Spring Forum. This scholarship has a value of $300 to be used for 1 night at the hotel and 1 ticket to each event.