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Outreach Programs

John L. Spalding Memorial Scholarship

EDmarket provides college scholarships for EDmarket members' employees and/or their children through the annual John L. Spalding Memorial Scholarship Program. A $2,500 scholarship will be awarded to a deserving student for undergraduate education. An award of $500 is also included to cover travel expenses to accept the award at EDexpo in Las Vegas, NV in March 2017.


  • Only employees of EDmarket member companies and/or their children are eligible to win.
  • Sponsoring EDmarket member companies are qualified only if dues are current (Standard or above membership required).
  • Applicants are eligible only if scholarship will be used to sponsor undergraduate work.
  • Applications must be typed and completed in full, including signature, date, and all other requested information.
  • Applications must be postmarked by January 30, 2017 to be eligible.
  • Application Form

Product Donation Program In Cooperation with the Kids in Need Foundation

The Education Market Association works with the Kids In Need Foundation to coordinate local donations of product following EDexpo and EDspaces.

Each year EDmarket members donate nearly $200,000 worth of product following our trade events to local schools in need.

The Kids In Need Foundation’s mission is to prepare children to learn and succeed by providing free school supplies to students most in need. Its National Network of Resource Centers includes 32 facilities where teachers from low-income schools go to obtain free school supplies for their students. KINF also assists students who have gone through natural disasters by providing new backpacks and supplies, and manages two Teacher Grant programs that award preK-12 educators with funding to provide innovative learning experiences for students. For more information, visit www.kinf.org.

First Book

First Book is a national 501(c)(3) organization that provides new books to children in need in the United States and Canada. First Book and EDmarket supports First Book‘s efforts to partner with leading children's book publishers to provide free and deeply discounted books to programs and Title I schools serving children from low-income families. Recognizing that these programs and schools need much more than books, First Book has also successfully piloted the distribution of electronic resources, arts supplies and creative materials, audio-visual learning products, and a range of other school supplies and related equipment to the children we serve. First Book purchases millions of dollars' worth of deeply discounted educational products for distribution to this market segment each year, in addition to an in-kind contribution system to absorb products that partners may be interested in donating to First Book for redistribution.

  1. The First Book Marketplace (purchased product).
    The First Book Marketplace is First Book's online site available exclusively to programs and schools serving children from low-income families. First Book purchases large volumes of books and educational materials on a non-returnable basis at significant discounts (typically 70-80% off) from our publishing partners, and resells these items exclusively to this new and previously unreached market segment of programs and schools serving children in need. First Book currently serves more than 30,000 eligible schools and programs with more than 1,000 joining the First Book network each month.

  2. The First Book National Book Bank (donated product).
    The First Book National Book Bank accepts large-scale donations of books and educational materials (5-8 million units annually) from our publishing partners and distributes these resources to the same schools and programs serving disadvantaged children mentioned above. Publishers donate books to First Book, receive a tax-benefit for this donation, and ship the books to First Book's warehouse partners. First Book then serves as a national clearinghouse, placing these books in the hands of those working with children in need. The books are always free of charge; programs pay only nominal shipping and handling cost (between $0.45-$0.75/book) to have the books shipped to them. First Book also works with its donors on press releases and in other innovative ways to shine the spotlight on these generous donations. In-kind donors to the National Book Bank can also specify that their donated goods be prioritized for schools/programs in a certain geographic area or program category, if appropriate.
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