Scholarships

Please review the specific application terms of your prospective scholarships below, as deadlines, contacts, and application requirements often vary between awards.

Scholarship applicants may apply for more than one scholarship, though winners may accept only one award for 2024. Please also note that under the terms of our contract with St. Olaf, attendees to CABS-Minnesota must be 18 or older. This is our full confirmed slate of scholarships for 2024.

Registration slots are held open for scholarship winners. Deposits made by eventual scholarship winners will be refunded.

Please contact scholarship coordinator Garrett Scott with any questions.

ABAA Glaser Scholarship

The ABAA Elisabeth Woodburn Fund will again offer the Ed Glaser Scholarship for 2024. The scholarship will be awarded to one recipient to cover tuition & room and board fees ($2,500) for CABS-Minnesota in 2024.

Scholarship applicants should submit essays stating their reasons for wishing to attend. Preference will be given to those who demonstrate need. 

Applications must be received no later than noon (ET) Wednesday, May 1, 2024, through the ABAA application portal. Letters of support from ABAA members are w
elcome but not required. The winner will be notified by Wednesday, May 15, 2024.

ABAA Northern California Chapter

2024 George Robert Kane Memorial Scholarship

In memory of long-time chapter member George Robert Kane (Oct. 6, 1913–Nov. 28, 2009), the Northern California Chapter of the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America announces the availability of an Educational Scholarship.

In the interest of promoting professionalism and education relevant to the antiquarian book trade, persons currently working in or actively pursuing a career in the book trade are especially encouraged to apply.

 
The Scholarship will pay $1800 towards participation in a course of study offered by the following programs in the Summer/Fall of 2024:

  • California Rare Book School (Los Angeles);
  • CABS-Minnesota (Northfield, Minn.);
  • Rare Book School (Charlottesville, Virginia)

All applications must be received by 5:00 p.m., Friday, May 3, 2024. The NCC/ABAA will notify scholarship applicants of its award decision via email by May 10, 2024.

Each application must include at least one written letter of support by a professional bookseller or rare book librarian, as well as the applicant's biography and essay.

Complete application and supporting letter may be submitted via a PDF email attachment to Kate Mitas, NCC vice chair, at kate@mitasbooks.com or by post to:

Kate Mitas, Bookseller
725 Washington St., Ste. 302
Oakland CA 94607

 To apply for the NCC/ABAA Educational Scholarship, please provide the following:

1) A completed copy of the application form.

2) A personal statement or essay (no longer than two pages) in which you describe your past or current experience in the world of rare books, your goals for the future, and what you hope to gain from the studies afforded by this scholarship.

3) Letter of support written by a professional bookseller or rare book librarian.

Please email Kate Mitas to obtain an application or download a PDF here.

ABAA Southeast Chapter

The ABAA Southeast Chapter is offering a full scholarship for CABS-Minnesota 2024.

The scholarship winner will be awarded a full scholarship that covers tuition as well as on-campus room and board.  At their discretion, the Chapter may offer a scholarship to a runner-up that will cover tuition only.

The scholarship is offered to applicants who must reside in a state covered by the ABAA Southeast Chapter: Alabama, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, or West Virginia.

The scholarships are open to current and prospective second-hand or antiquarian booksellers, as well as to library or archives professionals.

Applications may be sent by email or snail mail and must be received not later than close of business on Wednesday 1 May 2024. They should be sent to the

Southeast Chapter Scholarship Committee
c/o Rockford Toews
194 Main Street
Annapolis MD 21401

rock@backcreekbooks.com

Receipt of applications will be acknowledged in the same manner in which they were submitted.

To apply:

Current or prospective booksellers must submit a resume of not more than one page that includes, but is not limited to, the applicant’s full contact information and related academic and/or bookselling training and experience. Additionally, applicants must submit an accompanying personal statement of not more than two pages describing their

 1) current bookselling endeavors whether as an employee, owner, or future owner,

 2) business plan (for owners or future owners) or career plan (for employees),

 3) bookselling strengths,

 4) bookselling weaknesses, and

 5) what the applicant hopes to gain by attending CABS.

 Library or archive professionals must submit a resume of not more than one page that includes, but is not limited to, the applicant’s full contact information and related academic and/or professional training and experience. Additionally, applicants must submit an accompanying personal statement of not more than two pages describing their

 1) current position, official duties, and recent accomplishments,

 2) career plan,

 3) professional strengths,

 4) professional weaknesses, and

 5) what the applicant hopes to gain by attending CABS.

 Applicants will be notified of the chapter’s award decision not later than 15 May 2024.

AbeBooks

These are the terms of the 2024 scholarship! To support and promote best practices in rare bookselling, AbeBooks.com is pleased to offer once again the chance to attend this year’s CABS-Minnesota, held in Northfield, Minnesota JULY 14-20, 2024.

The scholarships will cover the cost of both registration as well as the room and board. The sweepstakes will start on April 17 2024, and end on April 30, 2024. Scholarships will be awarded in May. There will be two lucky winners.

Stay tuned for a link to the sweepstakes landing page!

Belle da Costa Greene Scholarship

With the goal of actively working to achieve a more diverse and inclusive community of booksellers and librarians, thanks to the generosity of Lisa Unger Baskin, CABS-Minnesota plans to offer a scholarship to cover the cost of registration, room and board to attend CABS-Minnesota in 2024. This scholarship is especially intended for a bookseller or a librarian from an historically underrepresented community.

We encourage applications from booksellers, librarians and collectors who identify as Black, Indigenous, Latino/a/x, Asian American/Pacific Islander, LGBTQ+, working class, persons with disabilities, and/or members of other self-identified communities of booksellers, librarians, members of the book arts community, and those with a strong interest engaging with the antiquarian book trade who might benefit from this scholarship.

Applicants should submit a short 1- or 2-page essay on why they want to attend CABS. They should include in the statement a brief personal and professional history, and something about their relationship to books and the book trade. We also suggest including a short CV and a letter of support from a member of the book trade, a professional librarian, or another member of the antiquarian book world.

Deadline for application is April 29, 2024. We will notify winners within two weeks. Submit your material (PDF preferred) to

Garrett Scott
CABS@bibliophagist.com

Please include RUGGLES/GREENE SCHOLARSHIP in your subject line. If you do not receive confirmation from Garrett that your application material has been received, please send a follow-up note. Applicants to the Ruggles and Greene scholarships will also be considered for the Between the Covers, CABS Alumni, Ciletti, Gallagher, and Wonder Book scholarships.

This scholarship is named in honor of Belle da Costa Greene, the African-American librarian, bibliographer and director of the Morgan Library.

Between the Covers

Between the Covers Rare books has generously agreed to offer a scholarship to cover the full cost of registration as well as the room and board fee to attend the 2024 CABS-Minnesota seminar in Northfield, Minnesota. Members of the trade, collectors, members of the book arts community, and librarians are all eligible.

Applicants should submit their contact information along with an essay expressing need, their current status in the rare book trade, goals for the future, and what they hope to gain from the seminar. Supporting letters of recommendation are welcome, but not necessary.

Deadline for application is MONDAY, APRIL 29, 2024. Winners will be notified by MAY 13, 2024.

Applications can be sent by mail or email to CABS scholarship coordinator Garrett Scott:

Garrett Scott, Bookseller
P. O. Box 4561
Ann Arbor MI 48106
CABS@bibliophagist.com

PDFs very much preferred but not absolutely required.  Please include BTC SCHOLARSHIP in your email subject line. If letters of support are sent under separate cover, please let us know.

Applicants for the Between the Covers Scholarship will also be automatically considered for the CABS Alumni scholarships, and for the Ciletti, and Gallagher scholarships. No need to send separate applications!

If you do not receive confirmation of receipt of your application, please try again to contact scholarship coordinator Garrett Scott.

Bibliopolis

Bibliopolis is pleased to offer two scholarships to cover the full cost of registration (not including the cost of room and board, which will be the responsibility of the scholarship winner) for CABS-Minnesota in 2024.

Applicants should submit essays stating their reasons for wishing to attend. Entries must be received no later than Friday, April 19, 2024. The winners will be notified by May 3.

Please send essays via email with the subject line "Bibliopolis CABS Scholarship" to:

scholarships@bibliopolis.com

CABS Alumni Scholarship

Thanks to the generosity of seminar alumni and other Friends of CABS, CABS-Minnesota is pleased to offer the CABS ALUMNI scholarship to cover the full cost of registration as well as the room and board fee to attend the 2024 CABS-Minnesota seminar in Northfield, Minnesota. Members of the trade, collectors, members of the book arts community, and librarians are all eligible.

 Applicants should submit their contact information along with an essay expressing need, their current status in the rare book trade, goals for the future, and what they hope to gain from the seminar. Supporting letters of recommendation are welcome, but not necessary.

 Deadline for application is MONDAY, APRIL 29, 2024. Winners will be notified by MAY 13, 2024.

Applications can be sent by mail or email to CABS scholarship coordinator Garrett Scott:

Garrett Scott, Bookseller
P. O. Box 4561
Ann Arbor MI 48106
CABS@bibliophagist.com

 PDFs very much preferred but not absolutely required.  Please include CABS ALUMNI SCHOLARSHIP in your email subject line. If letters of support are sent under separate cover, please let us know.

Applicants for the CABS Alumni Scholarship will also be automatically considered for the Between the Covers, Ciletti, and Gallagher scholarships. No need to send separate applications!

If you do not receive confirmation of receipt of your application, please try again to contact scholarship coordinator Garrett Scott.

Ciletti Scholarship

In honor of Mary and Jim Ciletti, the now-retired owners of Hooked on Books in Colorado Springs and longtime friends and supporters of the seminar, CABS-Minnesota is pleased to offer the Ciletti Scholarship to cover the full cost of registration, as well as the room and board fee to attend the 2024 CABS-Minnesota seminar in Northfield, Minnesota. Members of the trade, collectors, members of the book arts community, and librarians are all eligible.

Applicants should submit their contact information along with an essay expressing need, their current status in the rare book trade, goals for the future, and what they hope to gain from the seminar. Supporting letters of recommendation are welcome, but not necessary.

Deadline for application is MONDAY, APRIL 29, 2024. Winners will be notified by MAY 13, 2024.

Applications can be sent by mail or email to CABS scholarship coordinator Garrett Scott:

Garrett Scott, Bookseller
P. O. Box 4561
Ann Arbor MI 48106
CABS@bibliophagist.com

PDFs very much preferred but not absolutely required.  Please include CILETTI SCHOLARSHIP in your email subject line. If letters of support are sent under separate cover, please let us know.

Applicants for the Ciletti Scholarship will also be automatically considered for the Between the Covers, CABS Alumni, and Gallagher scholarships. No need to send separate applications!

If you do not receive confirmation of receipt of your application, please try again to contact scholarship coordinator Garrett Scott.

David Ruggles Scholarship

With the goal of actively working to achieve a more diverse and inclusive community of booksellers and librarians, thanks to the generosity of Lisa Unger Baskin, CABS-Minnesota plans to offer a scholarship to cover the cost of registration, room and board. This scholarship is especially intended for a bookseller or a librarian from an historically underrepresented community.

We encourage applications from booksellers, librarians and collectors who identify as Black, Indigenous, Latino/a/x, Asian American/Pacific Islander, LGBTQ+, working class, persons with disabilities, and/or members of other self-identified communities of booksellers, librarians, members of the book arts community, and those with a strong interest engaging with the antiquarian book trade who might benefit from this scholarship.

Applicants should submit a short 1- or 2-page essay on why they want to attend CABS. They should include in the statement a brief personal and professional history, and something about their relationship to books and the book trade. We also suggest including a short CV and a letter of support from a member of the book trade, a professional librarian, or another member of the antiquarian book world.

Deadline for application is April 29, 2024. We will notify winners within two weeks. Submit your material (PDF preferred) to

Garrett Scott
CABS@bibliophagist.com

Please include RUGGLES/GREENE SCHOLARSHIP in your subject line. If you do not receive confirmation from Garrett that your application material has been received, please send a follow-up note. Applicants to the Ruggles and Greene scholarships will also be considered for the Between the Covers, CABS Alumni, Ciletti, Gallagher, and Wonder Book scholarships.

The Ruggles Scholarship is named in honor of David Ruggles (1810-1849), abolitionist, journalist, printer, hydropathic physician, and the proprietor of the first Black-owned book shop in the United States.

Gallagher Scholarship

In honor of the late Don Gallagher, a Denver bookseller and close friend of the seminar for many years, CABS-Minnesota will award one scholarship in his name to cover the full cost of registration, as well as the room and board fee to attend the 2024 CABS-Minnesota seminar in Northfield, Minnesota. Members of the trade, collectors, members of the book arts community, and librarians are all eligible.

Applicants should submit their contact information along with an essay expressing need, their current status in the rare book trade, goals for the future, and what they hope to gain from the seminar. Supporting letters of recommendation are welcome, but not necessary.

Deadline for application is MONDAY, APRIL 29, 2024. Winners will be notified by MAY 13, 2024.

Applications can be sent by mail or email to CABS scholarship coordinator Garrett Scott:

Garrett Scott, Bookseller
P. O. Box 4561
Ann Arbor MI 48106
CABS@bibliophagist.com

PDFs very much preferred but not absolutely required.  Please include GALLAGHER SCHOLARSHIP in your email subject line. If letters of support are sent under separate cover, please let us know.

Applicants for the Gallagher Scholarship will also be automatically considered for the Between the Covers, CABS Alumni, and Ciletti scholarships. No need to send separate applications!

If you do not receive confirmation of receipt of your application, please try again to contact scholarship coordinator Garrett Scott.

Harris Scholarship Travel Stipend

An anonymous donor has made a gift of $500 for supplemental scholarships as a travel stipend in memory of late bookseller and CABS graduate Craig Harris. All winners of 2024 scholarships without stipends will be considered for the one Harris travel stipend of up to $500. There is no need to make a separate application.

Craig Harris was a Chicago-based dealer in books from and about Asia, particularly Japan, with an expertise in Japanese swords and other antique Asian armaments. A self-proclaimed dead ringer for Harrison Ford, Craig was a decent, kind, and gentle soul; even while ill, he never hesitated to offer a shoulder to cry on, an arm to lean on, a hand to hold. After a drawn-out fight with cancer, he died in 2015 at the age of 62.

IOBA

The Independent Online Booksellers Association (IOBA) has committed to offering at three scholarships to IOBA members in good standing to cover the registration cost and the room and board fee (worth $2500) to attend CABS-Minnesota in Northfield, Minnesota in 2024.

Completed entries must be received via email no later than April 1, 2024.

Applications and letters of recommendation should be addressed to: scholarshipcontest@ioba.org.

The winner or winners will be chosen by the IOBA Scholarship Committee, and will be notified by April 24, 2024.


For more information, and full terms and conditions, please go to Scholarships for Members on the IOBA website. You must be logged into your IOBA member account to view this page.

Rendell Scholarship

Kenneth Rendell, who began in the business of historical letters and documents in 1959, is offering one or more full scholarships to attend CABS-Minnesota in 2024. Each scholarship will cover the cost of registration plus room and board on campus (worth $2500), with possible transportation stipends when necessary.

This scholarship is open to any applicant with demonstrated interest in the antiquarian book or manuscript trade. Each application will be judged on the merits of a candidate’s application packet and an assessment of the candidate’s potential for growth and success in the trade. The number of scholarships awarded will depend on the number of qualified applicants.

Please include as your application an essay, explaining in as much depth and insight as reasonable, why you are interested in the rare book business, either in starting a business or working for a dealer, any experience you have had in the field, your personal reasons for pursuing this scholarship, how you view the factors that make a business successful—particularly, what you envision doing that will make you successful. Also, what do you believe will be useful to you from this program?  Additionally, please describe your financial situation and whether you need transportation funding

Essentially, convince us that it will be beneficial to the field, to yourself, and to a general appreciation of history, for you to attend CABS-Minnesota 2024.

To apply, please send your application essay (with your full name and contact information) directly to Kenneth Rendell. Deadline for application is April 21, 2024. Winners will be notified by May 6.

RMABA

Note: These are the terms of the 2023 scholarship. Antiquarian Booksellers Association (RMABA) is pleased to renew the Helen & John Dunning Scholarship for $1000 to CABS-Minnesota for 2024.

The RMABA scholarship honors Helen and John Dunning, longtime RMABA members and nationally known figures in the antiquarian book business.

Competition, like RMABA membership, is open to all book people who share the RMABA goals -- but we especially invite applications from residents of the traditional Rocky Mountain states: Colorado, Montana, Utah, New Mexico, and Wyoming.

To apply for the scholarship, applicants should:

1. Write a ONE PAGE letter telling the committee about yourself and why you should receive the RMABA Scholarship. Letters of support are welcome, but not required.

2. Email your application to scholarship@rmaba.org

3. Entries must be emailed no later than Monday, May 6, 2024.

The successful candidate will be notified on or before May 20.

Contact scholarship@rmaba.org for questions concerning the scholarship.

Soon Hood Memorial Scholarship

In memory of 2006 CABS graduate Soon Hood, an anonymous donor has sponsored a scholarship in her name to cover the full cost of registration, as well as on-campus room and board for the 2024 CABS-Minnesota seminar. Members of the trade, collectors, members of the book arts community, and librarians are all eligible for this award.

Soon Hood was a Korean-American bookseller who ran a small shop in Poulsboro, Washington, a town settled and largely inhabited by Norwegians. Due to her location, Soon was always seeking out Norwegian materials for her shop. (And if you think a Korean-American woman living in Washington State and interested in Norwegian books didn’t catch the attention of the faculty, you’d be wrong!) To the end, Soon was always cheerful, humorous, and happy; she never let on at all to colleagues about her illness and in 2012 she died of stomach cancer. She was 47.

An excellent bookseller, Soon Hood loved the book trade. She had many friends in the bookselling community and is very much missed.

Applicants should submit their contact information along with an essay addressing need, their current status in the rare book trade, goals for the future, and what they hope to gain from the seminar. Supporting letters of recommendation are welcome, but not necessary.

Deadline for applications is April 29, 2024, and winners will be notified within ten days. Applications can be sent by mail or email, to:

Rob Rulon-Miller 
Rulon-Miller Books 
400 Summit Ave 
St. Paul, MN 55102-2662 
rulon@rulon.com

Wonder Book Scholarship

With the goal of actively working to achieve a more diverse and inclusive book trade, thanks to the generosity of bookseller Charles Roberts of Wonder Book in Maryland, we offer  the Wonder Book Scholarship to cover the cost of registration, plus room and board to attend CABS-Minnesota in 2024. This scholarship is especially intended for a bookseller or a prospective bookseller from a historically underrepresented community.

We encourage applications from booksellers and prospective booksellers who identify as Black, Indigenous, Latino/a/x, Asian American/Pacific Islander, LGBTQ+, working class, persons with disabilities, and/or members of other self-identified communities of booksellers or prospective booksellers with a strong interest in or experience with engaging in the antiquarian book trade who might benefit from this scholarship.

Applicants should submit a short 1- or 2-page essay on why they want to attend CABS. They should include in the statement a brief personal and professional history, and something about their relationship to books and the book trade. We also suggest including a short CV and a letter of support from a member of the book trade, a professional librarian, or another member of the antiquarian book world, though these are not required.

Deadline for application is April 29, 2024. We will notify winners within two weeks. Submit your material (PDF preferred) to

Garrett Scott
CABS@bibliophagist.com

Please include WONDER BOOK SCHOLARSHIP in your subject line. If you do not receive confirmation from Garrett that your application material has been received, please send a follow-up note. Applicants to the Wonder Book Scholarship will also be considered for the Ruggles and Greene scholarships, as well as the Between the Covers, CABS Alumni, Ciletti, and Gallagher scholarships.

If you do not receive confirmation of receipt of your application, please try again to contact scholarship coordinator Garrett Scott.