Women of the Vine & Spirits Foundation
Women of the Vine & Spirits Foundation, Ltd. provides scholarships and awards for the purpose of helping women advance in their careers in the food, wine, spirits, hospitality, or viticulture industries through education, leadership, and professional development, as well as fostering gender diversity and talent development across the industry at large.
For more information or assistance, please email Tim Widnes, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Foundation offers scholarships each calendar year to recipients of either a Professional & Leadership Development Scholarship or an Educational Scholarship as described below. Applicants may only apply for one scholarship per calendar year.
- Professional & Leadership Development Scholarship: This scholarship awards recipients with attendance at the Women of the Vine & Spirits Global Symposium. Each year the Foundation will announce the number of scholarships to be awarded. For 2018, the Foundation will award two scholarships for recipients’ attendance at the Women of the Vine & Spirits Global Symposium on March 12 through March 14, 2018. The Foundation will award each recipient with a Women of the Vine & Spirits Global Symposium ticket, lodging for the duration of the symposium, and transportation to and from the San Francisco area airport. The Foundation will also reimburse recipients for airfare up to $500 upon proof of the recipients’ purchase of the airline ticket; if the recipient cancels/does not attend the Global Symposium, the recipient must reimburse Foundation for such reimbursed airfare expense.
- Educational Scholarships: This scholarship awards recipients either a student scholarship or a continuing education scholarship as described below. Each year the Foundation will announce the number of scholarships to be awarded. For 2018, the Foundation will award two scholarships to recipients to assist with their tuition, course materials, lodging, and related educational expense. The dollar amount of each Educational Scholarship will range from $500.00 up to $2500.00, and will fall under either one of the following categories:
Student scholarship – award for applicants already enrolled in an accredited food, wine, hospitality, viticulture, or other alcohol beverage industry related postsecondary program.
Continuing education scholarship - award for applicants towards the cost of professional advancement courses regarding the food, wine, hospitality, and/or viticulture industries. Courses awarded may include, but shall not be limited to, the California Wine Appellation Specialist course, WSET Wine Certification course, Somm Essentials, Court of Master Sommeliers’ courses, Advanced Tasting programs, public speaking courses, and career development courses.
The Women of the Vine & Spirits Foundation is guided by the Foundation Committee comprised of the following individuals:
Alison Herman, Senior Counsel, Regulatory & Compliance, Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits
Dr. Kathryn LaTour, Associate Professor, Wine Services Marketing, Cornell University
Dr. Liz Thach, MW Distinguished Professor of Wine and a Professor of Management at Sonoma State University
Tim Widnes, Wine & Beer Buyer, Whole Foods