SCHOLARSHIPS AND TUITION ASSISTANCE: General Information
The American Academy of Bookbinding is committed to providing students with access and opportunities to explore and enhance their skills at all levels, with a core commitment to removing financial barriers to participation.
There are three awards available for application: Open Scholarship, Tuition Assistance, and the Fine Binding Scholarship.
Please read each offering description and requirements carefully, as they may have changed from prior years.
- You will need to complete a student registration form before submitting your application for funding. We need to know which courses you plan on taking before we can review your request. You will be able to select which award(s) you are applying for in the application form below.
- There are a limited number of Open Scholarship and Tuition Assistance awards available. These awards are limited to two recipients per course and are non-transferable.
- The Fine Binding Scholarship award must be used in the year awarded.
- Submission of an application does not guarantee an award.
- All applications are reviewed by an awards committee whose decisions are final.
- In the event that funds are not fully disbursed by March 15, applications will remain open on a rolling basis throughout the rest of the year. If the deadline has passed, please check the AAB website for updates.
DEADLINE FOR ALL AWARD APPLICATIONS: March 1, 2024.
AWARD NOTIFICATION: March 15, 2024.
Open Scholarships are granted to students whose work displays exceptional merit given their current skill level and background. Students will be asked to provide images of 3-5 bindings, with opportunities to upload additional detailed images. Well-executed work, work completed recently, and work completed independently will all be favorably considered.
Eligibility: New and returning students. Students can be awarded scholarships for multiple courses in the same calendar year.
Award Amount: Awards vary from $450 to $900. New students are limited to $450 in scholarship funding. Open Scholarship awards apply to tuition only and cannot be used for housing, travel, or other expenses.
Tuition Assistance awards are granted to students with a demonstrated financial need. Students will be asked to submit a statement of financial need and answer some demographic questions.
Eligibility: Both new and returning students. Students can be awarded tuition assistance for multiple courses in the same calendar year.
Award Amounts: Awards will range from $450 to $900 on a sliding fee scale, depending on the length of the course. Tuition Assistance awards apply to tuition only and cannot be used for housing, travel, or other expenses. Submission of an application is not a guarantee of an award.
Fine Binding Scholarship
The American Academy of Bookbinding Fine Binding Scholarship was created by Myssie and Barry Acomb in 2013 to assist one student per year who has shown initiative and is committed to the long-term development of their skills to reach a professional level and contribute to the larger bookbinding community. This scholarship is intended to reward merit given a students’ skill level and background. Attention is paid to a student’s execution of techniques, not necessarily to the number or complexity of techniques employed. Work completed independently and work completed recently will be favorably considered.
Eligibility: Returning students only, with priority given to declared diploma students. Diploma students at all skill levels are encouraged to apply. Students who receive the scholarship are eligible to reapply two years after the award receipt.
Award Amount: The total award is $3,500, of which at least 65% ($2,275) must be used for tuition; the remainder can be used for tuition or housing. In addition, the awardee will receive a $300 allowance for materials purchased through the AAB school store.