WOMEN OF THE VINE & SPIRITS FOUNDATION

The Women of the Vine & Spirits Foundation, Ltd. 501(c)(3) is the charitable arm of Women of the Vine & Spirits

 

Education and personal development are essential means of empowering and advancing women with the knowledge,
skills and self-confidence necessary to thrive in the alcohol beverage industry. 

Your tax-deductible donation to the Women of the Vine & Spirits Foundation can be a life-changing opportunity
with far-reaching impact beyond financial assistance. Educational achievements have
positive ripple effects within the family and across generations.


Your donation, large or small, makes an impact!
For as little as $300, your donation can help a woman earn an industry certification.


Thanks to our generous donors, the Women of the Vine & Spirits Foundation is cultivating leaders, feeding the talent pipeline
and attracting more people to our industry.

Help Us Fund 2020 Scholarships 

Donate Today!

Thank You to Our 2019/2020 Donors

For questions about donating please contact Executive Director, Tara Davey for more information.
View Donation Levels & Benefits 

 

Patron: $100,000+

 

Advocate: $50,000 - $99,999

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Benefactor: $30,000 - $49,999

 

Affiliate: $15,000 - $29,999

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Supporter: $5,000 - $14,999

Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits

Tito's Handmade Vodka

Wine Enthusiast Media

 

Friend: $1,000 - $4,999

Beam Suntory

Cynthia Lohr

Delicato Family Vineyards

Funky Buddha Brewery

Montanya Distillers

 

View Past Donors

The Women of the Vine & Spirits Foundation Committee is proud to announce the
Women of the Vine & Spirits Scholarship Recipients for 2019:

 

44 Scholarships Awarded, Totaling $134,200 in 2019!

The Foundation Received 376 Applications from Applicants in 42 Countries, Including:
Armenia, Australia, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Czechia, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, France, Germany,
Greece,Hungary, India, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Nigeria, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania,
Serbia, South Africa, Spain, St. Kitts & Nevis, Switzerland, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, 
United Kingdom, United States of America, Uruguay, and Zimbabwe.

Women of the Vine & Spirits Scholarship Recipients Supported by our Generous Donors

Professional & Leadership Development

Deanna D'Alfonso
Jersey City, NJ

 

Educational Scholarship - Student

Taylor Amerman
Louisville, KY

Educational Scholarship - Student

Tori Russotti
San Luis Obispo, CA 

Educational Scholarship - Continuing Education

Kirstin Harper
Phoenix, AZ

Educational Scholarship - Continuing Education

Sabrina Lueck
Walla Walla, WA

WSET Level 1 Award in Spirits

Christie Verschoor
Rye, NY

WSET Level 1 Award in Wine

Tara Kelly
Sebastopol, CA

WSET Level 2 Award in Spirits

Ana Hinz
Seattle, WA

WSET Level 2 Award in Wines

Nicole Wells
Rohnert Park, CA

WSET Level 3 Award in Wines

Gbemisola Johnson
 
Ikoyi Lagos, Nigeria

WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wines and Spirits

Elizabeth Moss
Kennewick, WA

 

Patron Scholarships: E. & J. Gallo Winery “Women Behind the Wine” Educational Fund

Masters of Wine Scholarship

 

Sarah Bray
Brooklyn, NY

Master Sommelier Scholarship

 

Mariya Kovacheva
West Palm Beach, FL 

Elizabeth Smyth Student Scholarship
 

Yordanos Gebru
Cumming, GA

Fuel Your Dreams Award



Julia Ammons
Chino Valley, AZ

Fuel Your Dreams Award



Michelle Beathard
Wellington, FL

Fuel Your Dreams Award

 

Cristin Castro
Austin, TX

 

Fuel Your Dreams Award

Bryanna Cooper
Washington DC

Fuel Your Dreams Award

Chasity Cooper
Chicago, IL

Fuel Your Dreams Award

Tracy Cryder
Little Rock, AR

Fuel Your Dreams Award

Crystal Angela Dawana
Hercules, CA

Fuel Your Dreams Award

Rachel Ford
Atlanta, GA

Fuel Your Dreams Award

Brenda Kowen
Millersview, TX

 

Fuel Your Dreams Award

Madison Malott
New York City, NY

Fuel Your Dreams Award

Omolola Olateju
Brooklyn, NY

 

Fuel Your Dreams Award

Jennifer Pyle
Helena, MT

Fuel Your Dreams Award

Keely Rosenthal
Charlotte, NC

Fuel Your Dreams Award

Kelli Silva
Napa, CA

Fuel Your Dreams Award

Cedar Stoltenow
Chicago, IL

Fuel Your Dreams Award

Meghan Vergara
Carlsbad, CA

 

 Fuel Your Dreams Award

Nicole Walsh
Watsonville, CA

Fuel Your Dreams Award

Kathleen Young
Acworth, GA

 

 

 

Benefactor Scholarships: McBride Sisters Collection SHE CAN Professional Development Fund

Certificate Program in Business of Wine

Billie Harris
Atlanta, GA

Certificate Program in Business of Wine

Shanika Hillocks
New York, NY

Degree in Wine Business Management

Jessica Diaz
Fayetteville, AR

MBA or Executive MBA in Wine Business

Hannah DeYoung
Santa Rosa, CA

MBA or Executive MBA in Wine Business

Alicia Kidd
Hercules, CA

MBA or Executive MBA in Wine Business

Caitlyn Krug
New Orleans, LA

 

MBA or Executive MBA in Wine Business

Ann-Marie Mattis
San Francisco, CA

MBA or Executive MBA in Wine Business

Martha Vicedomini
Washington DC

Professional
Development

Kyle Burke
Randallstown, MD

Professional
Development

Cassandra Schaeg
Escondido, CA

Professional
Development

Sarah Timbrook-Nugent
Seattle, WA

Professional
Development

Racquel Valbrun
Cumming, GA

Click here to view the 2018 Scholarship Recipients  

Your Donations Are Making a Difference! 

 

 

Testimonials: 

“I am immensely honored to have been selected as a recipient of the Women of the Vine & Spirits Foundation Educational Scholarship. Through this generous support, I will be able to continue my research to better understand the differences among vineyards and why certain wines age better than others. Ultimately it is my hope that small producers will benefit from the outcomes of my studies to enhance the quality of their wines. Being awarded with this scholarship means less anguish and more security. More time and energy that I will be able to dedicate to my research project as well as learning new things every day. Adversities in my life made me very appreciative of every type of support that comes my way and are the reason why I am so grateful for being awarded with this scholarship.” – Isadora Frias de Locio e Silva, Women of the Vine & Spirits Educational Scholarship Recipient, 2018 (Santa Rosa, CA)

 

“Winning the Women of the Vine & Spirits scholarship means that I can focus on perfecting my service at my job, instead of worrying about making enough money to survive day to day, and I am very grateful.” – Shirley Muswema, Women of the Vine & Spirits WSET Level 3 Award in Wines Scholarship Recipient, 2018 (Cape Town, South Africa)

 

“Being awarded this scholarship has been a wonderful testament to the commitment that organizations committed to diversity and equality around the world have made to ensuring that women and minorities are given opportunities to pursue career enhancing pursuits that are often seemingly out of reach.” – Lisa Nguyen, Women of the Vine & Spirits WSET Level 1 Award in Sake Scholarship Recipient , 2018 (New Orleans, LA)

 

 

 

Women of the Vine & Spirits Foundation Scholarships

2019 Scholarship Opportunities are Now Closed

2020 Scholarship Opportunities to be Announced in Spring 2020

 

 

 

Patron Scholarships Supported by E. & J. Gallo Winery

A portfolio of wines affiliated with E. & J. Gallo Winery contributed $100,000 to the Women of the Vine & Spirits Foundation for scholarship funding in 2019. The “Women Behind the Wine” Educational Fund, through its Wine Dialogues platform, celebrates some of today’s female leaders in our industry. Their stories inspire us to empower and support those who will follow in their footsteps. Read More

2019 Scholarship Opportunities are Now Closed

2020 Scholarship Opportunities to be Announced in Spring 2020

 

 

 

Benefactor Scholarships Supported by McBride Sisters Collection

The McBride Sisters Collection contributed $37,500 to create the “McBride Sisters Collection SHE CAN Professional Development Fund” which awarded scholarships for continuing education, career development and leadership coaching in the business of wine, with the goal to empower women to advance in leadership roles and pursue ownership within the wine industry. Read More

2019 Scholarship Opportunities are Now Closed

2020 Scholarship Opportunities to be Announced in Spring 2020