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WOMEN OF THE VINE & SPIRITS FOUNDATION

 "Crafting a Better World"® for Women in Wine, Beer & Spirits

 

The Women of the Vine & Spirits Foundation, Ltd. 501(c)(3) is the charitable arm of Women of the Vine & Spirits.
The Foundation provides scholarships for the purpose of helping women advance their careers in the food, wine, spirits, beer, and hospitality industries
through education, leadership, and professional development.

Education, personal development, and business 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.

 

Donate Today

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.

Tax Deductible as a 501(c)(3) Charitable Contribution

Tax ID number (EIN) #47-4326632

Your donation, large or small, makes a huge impact!

Equality is our end game, equity is the way we get there. 

 

 

Thank You to Our 2021 Scholarship Fund Donors

For questions about donating please contact Executive Director, Tara Davey for more information.

 

Patron:  $100,000 and above


 

Advocate:  $35,000 - $99,999


Pernod Ricard ($82,500)


 

Benefactor:  $15,000 - $34,999


Tito's Handmade Vodka  ($25,000)

Beam Suntory  ($23,400)

ForceBrands ($15,000)

Skrewball Spirits  ($15,000)

 

 

Affiliate:  $5,000 - $14,999

 

Republic National Distributing Company Foundation ($10,000)

Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits  ($10,000)

Vintage Wine Estates  ($10,000)

Cycles Gladiator  ($5,000)

Riboli Family Wines ($5,000)
Donation made in Honor of our Female Visionary, Maddalena Riboli. 
A True Pioneer and Role Model in the California Wine Industry (1922 -     )

 

Supporter:  $1,000 - $4,999

 

Scott Laboratories Inc  ($2,100)
Coravin  ($2,000)

Gabriel-Glas  ($1,066)

Grounded World  ($1,000)

 

Friend:  $100 - $999

 

Maggie Henriquez

Karen Hoskin

 

 

Women of the Vine & Spirits Foundation Scholarship Recipients

 

Class of 2021

 

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

 

Professional & Leadership Development

Elise Cordell
Dallas, TX

 

Student Educational

Cassandra Hutcheson
College Station, TX

Student Educational

Loni Johnson
Capestang, France

Continuing Education

Nicoletta Dicova
Chianni, Pisa

Continuing Education

Darian Everding
Ames, IA

Continuing Education

Reggie Gallo
Bellingham, WA

Continuing Education

Sheila Jackson
Los Angeles, CA

Continuing Education

Erin Karahadian
Costa Mesa, CA

 

Continuing Education

Annie Rainey
San Mateo, CA

Continuing Education

Andrea Robinson
Saint Helena, CA

Continuing Education

Carolyn Sellar
Bothell, WA

Continuing Education

Valeria Tenison
Bordeaux, France

WSET Level 1 Award
in Wines

Jenneca Younger
Milwaukee, WI

WSET Level 1 Award
in Wines

Danielle Noce
Napa, CA

WSET Level 1 Award
in Wines

Palbi Sharma Bhargava
Ontario, Canada

WSET Level 2 Award
in Wines

Mary Fabrikant
Denver, CO

 

WSET Level 2 Award
in Wines

Tahlia Suggs
Willmington, DE

WSET Level 2 Award
in Spirits

Andrea Rosas
Memphis, TN

WSET Level 2 Award
in Spirits

Nika Shevela
Barcelona, Spain

 

WSET Level 2 Award
in Spirits

Karen Tartt
San Antonio, TX

 

WSET Level 3 Award
in Wines

Yanyi Wang
New York, NY

 

WSET Level 3 Award
in Wines

Catherine Leigh Yorke-Hart
Cape Town, South Africa

 

WSET Level 3 Award
in Spirits

Leah Van Deventer
Cape Town, South Africa

 

WSET Level 3 Award
in Spirits

Mia Kumari
Bristol, UK

 

 

WSET Level 3 Award
in Sake

Michella Chiu
Seattle, WA

WSET Level 4 Diploma
in Wines

Viktoriya Bryska
London, UK

WSET Level 4 Diploma
in Wines

Oneka John
Bridgetown, Barbados

WSET Level 4 Diploma
in Wines

Fernanda Spinelli
Caxias do Sul, Brazil

 

 

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

 

Elizabeth Smyth
Student Scholarship

Holly Staid
Ithaca, NY

 

Master of Wine
Scholarship

Cathy Marston
Cape Town, South Africa

Master of Wine
Scholarship

Evmorfia Kostaki
Karlovassi, Greece

 

Fuel Your Dreams Award

Rachel Allison
Ithaca, NY

Fuel Your Dreams Award

Alyssa Arnold
Helena, MT

Fuel Your Dreams Award

Monique Bell
Clovis, CA

Fuel Your Dreams Award

Jaime Brown
Arlington, MA

 

Fuel Your Dreams Award

Victoria Chavez
Lubbock, TX 

 

Fuel Your Dreams Award

Hope Cortez
Fort Mill, SC

 

Fuel Your Dreams Award

Miranda Elliot
Chicago, IL

 

Fuel Your Dreams Award

Gabriela Fontanesi
Napa, CA

 

Fuel Your Dreams Award

Monica Gural
Red Bank, NJ

 

Fuel Your Dreams Award

Lauren King
Seattle, WA

 

Fuel Your Dreams Award

Caitlin Landingham
New York, NY

 

Fuel Your Dreams Award

Susan McDonald
Warwick, NY

 

Fuel Your Dreams Award

Chelsea Nichols
Louisville, KY

 

Fuel Your Dreams Award

Chantal Nunes
Paso Robles, CA

 

Fuel Your Dreams Award

Briana O'Connor
Sherman Oaks, CA

 

Fuel Your Dreams Award

Whitney Pope
Washington DC

 

Fuel Your Dreams Award

Claudia Rupley
Ruidoso, NM

 

Fuel Your Dreams Award

Martha Schulz-Barboza
Miami, FL

 

Fuel Your Dreams Award

Rebecca Thompson
Napa, CA

 

Fuel Your Dreams Award

Huy Truong
Miami, FL

 

Fuel Your Dreams Award

Carrie Vonderhaar
Carmel Valley, CA

 

 

Fuel Your Dreams Award

Nicole Walsh
Santa Rosa, CA

Fuel Your Dreams Award

Mackenzie Watson
Willmington, NC

Fuel Your Dreams Award

Sydney Werry
New York, NY

Fuel Your Dreams Award

Alison Whaley
Ashburn, VA

 

 

Women of the Vine & Spirits Foundation Scholarships
2022 Applications Open in February

For questions about scholarships please contact Executive Director, Tara Davey for more information.

 

Women of the Vine & Spirits Foundation Scholarships

 

  • Professional & Leadership Development Scholarship
  • Student Educational Scholarship
  • Continuing Education Scholarship
  • WSET Scholarship
  • Executive Leadership Program Scholarship to attend DISCUS Academy

Learn More

Applications Open February 2022

Women Behind the Wine Scholarships - Supported by Patron Donor, E. & J. Gallo Winery

 

  • Master Sommelier Scholarship
  • Masters of Wine Scholarship
  • Elizabeth Smyth Student Scholarship
  • Fuel Your Dreams Scholarship

 

Learn More

Applications Open February 2022

 

 

WOTVS Foundation Assistance Program

Groundbreaking Program to Aid Restaurant and Hospitality Workers in Response to COVID-19
 

Read More, Donate & Apply Here

 

Deborah Brenner, Founder & CEO of WOTVS on Hudson Valley News12

 

Your Donations Are Making a Difference

 

Testimonials
Caitlyn Krug
MBA or Executive MBA in Wine Business Recipient Through the McBride Sisters Collection SHE CAN Professional Development Fund, 2019
‘If you want to be successful, help other people be successful.’  This philosophy has always been a key tenet to who I am, both personally and professionally.  The McBride Sisters SHE CAN Scholarship is helping me as I continue my education and start out on my entrepreneurial journey. I am extremely grateful, not only for this scholarship, but also for the support afforded me by Women of the Vine & Spirits.  This scholarship will aid me as I contribute to our community, and I look forward to the day when I can pay this benevolence forward.
Read more
Gbemisola Johnson
WOTVS WSET Level 3 Award in Wines Recipient, 2019
I’m extremely humbled and honored to be selected for this award and I am beyond grateful for this opportunity. Earning this scholarship through the Women of the Vines and Spirits Foundation has further validate my desire to continue to pursue my wine education.
Read more
Lauren King
Fuel Your Dreams Award Recipient Through the E. & J. Gallo Winery “Women Behind the Wine” Educational Fund, 2020
I cannot begin to thank the scholarship committee enough and I look forward to using this award as a way to give back to the future female wine professionals that come after me.
Read more
Tiffany Jay
WOTVS WSET Level 2 Award in Spirits Scholarship Recipient, 2020
Winning the Women of the Vine and Spirits Award is such a vote of confidence and I am proud to be part of such an admirable community of ambitious women chasing their dreams. This award will be immensely helpful for me to build my industry knowledge and I am so grateful for the support towards professional development.
Read more
Isadora Frias de Locio e Silva
WOTVS Educational Scholarship Recipient, 2018
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.
Read more
Shirley Muswema
WOTVS WSET Level 3 Award in Wines Scholarship Recipient, 2018
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.
Lisa Nguyen
WOTVS WSET Level 1 Award in Sake Scholarship Recipient, 2018
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.
Read more
Veronica Mendoza
WOTVS Professional & Leadership Development Scholarship Recipient, 2020
I am so thankful and fortunate to receive the Professional Development Scholarship from the Women of the Vine & Spirits. It’s incredible to feel the support of other successful women in the industry. I can’t wait to use this opportunity to further develop myself as a leader. I only hope to inspire others the way I am inspired by these women.
Read more
Chasity Cooper
Fuel Your Dreams Award Recipient Through the E. & J. Gallo Winery “Women Behind the Wine” Educational Fund, 2019
I am beyond humbled to receive the Fuel Your Dreams Scholarship Award. I'm inspired by and grateful to the many dynamic women in wine and spirits who have come before me, and, more importantly, to continue blazing a trail that will inspire other women who look like me to make their mark in this industry. 
Read more
Caitlyn Krug
MBA or Executive MBA in Wine Business Recipient Through the McBride Sisters Collection SHE CAN Professional Development Fund, 2019
‘If you want to be successful, help other people be successful.’  This philosophy has always been a key tenet to who I am, both personally and professionally.  The McBride Sisters SHE CAN Scholarship is helping me as I continue my education and start out on my entrepreneurial journey. I am extremely grateful, not only for this scholarship, but also for the support afforded me by Women of the Vine & Spirits.  This scholarship will aid me as I contribute to our community, and I look forward to the day when I can pay this benevolence forward.
Read more
Gbemisola Johnson
WOTVS WSET Level 3 Award in Wines Recipient, 2019
I’m extremely humbled and honored to be selected for this award and I am beyond grateful for this opportunity. Earning this scholarship through the Women of the Vines and Spirits Foundation has further validate my desire to continue to pursue my wine education.
Read more
Lauren King
Fuel Your Dreams Award Recipient Through the E. & J. Gallo Winery “Women Behind the Wine” Educational Fund, 2020
I cannot begin to thank the scholarship committee enough and I look forward to using this award as a way to give back to the future female wine professionals that come after me.
Tiffany Jay
WOTVS WSET Level 2 Award in Spirits Scholarship Recipient, 2020
Winning the Women of the Vine and Spirits Award is such a vote of confidence and I am proud to be part of such an admirable community of ambitious women chasing their dreams. This award will be immensely helpful for me to build my industry knowledge and I am so grateful for the support towards professional development.
Read more
Isadora Frias de Locio e Silva
WOTVS Educational Scholarship Recipient, 2018
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.
Read more
Shirley Muswema
WOTVS WSET Level 3 Award in Wines Scholarship Recipient, 2018
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.
Read more