National Book Scholarship Fund

Posted on August 9, 2002

NATIONAL BOOK SCHOLARSHIP FUND NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS

SYRACUSE, NEW YORK, July 29, 2002 – Literacy programs have a new opportunity to obtain books and materials to improve the services they provide. Grant applications are now being accepted for the National Book Scholarship Fund (NBSF), sponsored by Laubach Literacy International. NBSF grants distribute New Readers Press books and educational materials to qualified adult literacy providers in the U.S.

“The NBSF provides an opportunity for programs to obtain materials they might not otherwise be able to afford,” says Mara Roberts, director of Laubach’s NBSF program. “New Readers Press materials are specifically designed for use by adult new readers, tutors, and trainers. These materials can make a positive, significant impact on the learning experience of adult students and the success they achieve in gaining literacy skills.” During the 2001-2002 program cycle the NBSF gave $188,735 in grants to 86 programs. Since 1995, the fund has given $1,482,855 in NBSF grants to 730 programs in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The National Book Scholarship Fund gives special emphasis to grant applications from family literacy programs, followed by ESL and adult basic educational initiatives. For more information about the NBSF or to apply, visit the NBSF Web site at http://www.nbsf.org. The grant application will be available online in September 2002. The deadline for grant applications is December 5, 2002.

For additional information, contact Mara Roberts, project administrator, by phone at 315-422-9121, ext. 345; by e-mail at mroberts@laubach.org or by writing the National Book Scholarship Fund, Laubach Literacy, 1320 Jamesville, Avenue, Syracuse, NY 13210.

Laubach Literacy International is a nonprofit educational corporation dedicated to helping women, men, and families acquire the basic educational skills needed to improve their lives and communities. Founded in 1955 by world literacy pioneer Dr. Frank C. Laubach, the organization today has 1,100 member programs throughout the United States and 79 partner programs in 44 developing countries in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and Latin America. Its U.S. publishing division, New Readers Press, produces and distributes 500 titles of adult educational materials to 46,000 organizations, schools, libraries, and other institutions nationwide. LLI is currently in the process of merging with Literacy Volunteers of
America, Inc. to form a new organization named ProLiteracy Worldwide. For more information, please call Laubach’s toll-free number (888) 528-2224.


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