Crafting a Better World


The Women of the Vine & Spirits Foundation, Ltd. 501(c)(3) provides scholarships and awards for the purpose of helping women advance in the alcohol beverage industry through education, leadership, and professional development. Providing women with education, resources and opportunities to thrive is the cornerstone of our organization and success.

Scholarships to be awarded to U.S and non-U.S. residents.


See below for details on current scholarship opportunities.

For more information or assistance, or to donate to the Foundation, please email Executive Director, Tara Davey.




Women of the Vine & Spirits Scholarship Opportunities

Scholarship Application Deadline: August 31



Partnership Scholarship Opportunities

Scholarship Application Deadline: July 31




The Women of the Vine & Spirits Foundation Committee is proud to announce the
Women of the Vine & Spirits Scholarship Recipients for 2018:


Professional & Leadership Development Scholarship

LaShan Arceneaux
Tomball, TX

Professional & Leadership Development Scholarship

Julia Coney
Hyattsville, MD


Educational Scholarship - Student Scholarship

Isadora Frias de Locio e Silva 
Santa Rosa, CA

Educational Scholarship - Continuing Education Scholarship

Liz Chernousova 
Jacksonville, FL

WSET Level 1 Award in Sake


Émilie Steckenborn
Shanghai, China

WSET Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits

Julie Warnement  
Spring, TX

WSET Level 3 Award in Wines

Shirley Muswema 
Cape Town, South Africa

WSET Level 3 Award in Sake


Lisa Nguyen
New Orleans, LA

WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wines and Spirits

Bethany Reed 
Coquille, OR


Want to learn more about our 2018 scholarship recipients?  View their stories Here.   


Foundation Committee

The Women of the Vine & Spirits Foundation is guided by the Foundation Committee comprised of the following individuals:

Dr. Kathryn LaTour, Associate Professor, Wine Services Marketing, Cornell University

Dr. Liz ThachMW Distinguished Professor of Wine and a Professor of Management at Sonoma State University



Encouraging Bright Futures

Women of the Vine & Spirits Scholarship Fund in
Honor of Edward H. Brenner


“When I started my entrepreneurial endeavor, I enticed my dad out of retirement to work with me. We worked together for seven years and I was blessed to have him lend his expertise and share his wisdom to guide me. Unfortunately, my dad passed away in 2014, just four weeks before we held the first ever Women of the Vine Grand Tasting in Napa. His unwavering support gave me the courage to step up and step out. As a father of three daughters and grandfather of three granddaughters, I am honored to name the scholarship after my Man of the Vine!” – Deborah BrennerFounder & CEO, Women of the Vine & Spirits

In addition to being the Founding Partner of the Women of the Vine & Spirits, Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits is the Founding Partner of Women of the Vine & Spirits Scholarship Fund.

“We are proud to be a part of this group that is dedicated to celebrating achievements and advancement of women in the business.” – Steve Slater, Executive Vice President, General Manager of the Wine Division, Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits.