Scholarships

SCHOLARSHIPS

Open Scholarship

The American Academy of Bookbinding is pleased to provide scholarship opportunities to students based on need and merit for the courses they are applying for. These scholarships are awarded to both new students and returning students. Successful applicants represent a broad range of students who demonstrate financial need and/or merit in their work. Open Scholarship amounts awarded are $400 to $1000, depending on course registration.

Open Scholarship application deadline.

The first round of applications is due March 18.

Notification of awards will be made on April 1.

After that date and depending on available funds, students can apply for scholarships up to 45 days before the registered course begins.

 

For the first round of applications, you must submit the following by March 18, 2022.

  • Personal statement concerning interest in bookbinding or related field.
  • Current resume
  • Statement of financial need if necessary.
  • Photos of recent work, if available.
  • Titles of courses for which they wish to apply, ranked 1-5. (1 being your top choice)

All applicants will be notified within two weeks of receiving the scholarship application. A copy of the most recent tax return (first two pages only) may be required for need-based scholarships. All decisions will be final.

Once scholarships are awarded, before funds can be released, students are expected to complete an acceptance form that will be sent to them.

Apply for an Open Scholarship

The AAB Fine Binding Scholarship

Learning and developing skills in fine bookbinding is a challenging pursuit for the serious student, requiring years of study and hours of dedicated hands-on work. The American Academy Fine Binding Scholarship was created by Myssie & Barry Acomb in 2013 to assist one individual 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. The scholarship is based on merit and is intended to create an opportunity for a student to attend AAB courses in Telluride.

The Fine Binding Scholarship is a $3000 award for tuition and housing fees at the American Academy of Bookbinding in Telluride. The award is flexible in that the recipient can apply funds solely towards tuition or tuition with a limited component for housing. In addition, the successful candidate will receive a $300 allowance for materials purchased at AAB.

Award criteria

  • Funds must be used for coursework at AAB and AAB housing in Telluride.
  • The recipient may apply funds to single or multiple courses in succession. Funds may also be distributed for course work throughout the year they are granted, but they must be used in the year they are awarded.
  • Greater than 65 percent of the funds must be applied towards tuition.
  • Fine Binding students may apply. Diploma aspirant preferred, but not required.
  • The applicant must be a pre-existing or current AAB student.
  • Funds are not transferable to another year or another student.
  • Only one recipient will be chosen per year.
  • A recipient may apply and be awarded the scholarship in subsequent years.

AAB Fine Binding Scholarship Application Procedure:

Deadline: Applicants must submit the following by March 18, 2022. Decisions will be made by April 1, 2022.

  • A one-page written statement and/or a 10-minute video about your interest and experience in fine binding, why you feel you deserve the award, and a statement addressing your long-term goals.
  • Five photos of three different recent bindings.
  • Complete an acceptance form and donor thank you letter before funds can be released.
Apply for a Fine Binding Scholarship

Applications for the AAB Summer Internship Program

The American Academy of Bookbinding is pleased to offer our internship program for the summer of 2022. In exchange for 30-40 hours of work per week, interns will receive free housing, free tuition for one AAB course of their choosing, and the opportunity to immerse themselves in the AAB environment, including 24-hour studio access. Interns will assist the Managing Director, AAB Instructors, Teaching Assistants, and students daily. Tasks and hours will vary day to day. Interns will also help as needed at the Ah Haa School.

Responsibilities

  • Marketing & Social Media: taking photos, posting updates, etc.
  • Student Services: greeting students upon arrival, taking them to housing, driving them to the grocery store, answering questions, etc.
  • Studio Maintenance: cleaning, organizing, tracking inventory, etc.
  • Ah Haa School: assist with kid’s classes, annual art auction, etc.

Requirements

  • Previous experience with bookbinding and/or book arts
  • Enthusiasm for helping others
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to work independently
  • Experience tracking multiple projects
  • Weekend availability
  • Interns must have a car

Timeframe:

  • 2022 Summer Internship: July 6-August 31 (8 weeks)
  • Applications are due April 22, 2022
  • Notification by May 6

All applicants must complete and submit the online application form, resume, and cover letter.

Internship Application Form