WOMEN OF THE VINE & SPIRITS FOUNDATION
SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS

 

The Women of the Vine & Spirits Foundation Committee is proud to announce the Women of the Vine & Spirits Scholarship Recipients for 2020:

 

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

Professional & Leadership Development

Katrina Gall
Toronto, Canada

Professional & Leadership Development

Corinne Keddie
Calgary, Canada

Professional & Leadership Development

Veronica Mendoza
Glendale, CA

Educational Scholarship - Student

Evelyn Alvarez-Mendoza
Santa Maria, CA

Educational Scholarship - Student

Adrienne Goppold
Fallview Lane, FL

Educational Scholarship - Student

Victoria Roberts Chavez
Napa, CA

Educational Scholarship - Continuing Education

Nadege Lark
Elmont, NY

 

Educational Scholarship - Continuing Education

Morgan Pressley
Belmont, NC

 

Educational Scholarship - Continuing Education

Sabrina Valles
La Mirada, CA

WSET Level 1 Award in Wines

Samantha Kent
Carnation, WA

WSET Level 1 Award in Wines 

Magdalena Kuffel
Milano, Italy

WSET Level 1 Award in Wines 

Chrishon Lampley
Chicago, IL

WSET Level 2 Award
in Spirits

Tiffany Jay
London, UK

WSET Level 2 Award
in Wine

Nafeesah Hargrove
Waldorf, MD

WSET Level 3 Award
in Sake

Allie Nault
Manchester, NH

WSET Level 3 Award
in Spirits

Katarina Corbo
Los Angeles, CA

WSET Level 3 Award
in Wine

Diana Hawkins
Rocky Bay, New Zealand

WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wines and Spirits

Simone FM Spinner
Lakewood, CO

 

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

Master Sommelier Scholarship

Ellizabeth Benchimol
Herndon, VA

Master of Wine Scholarship

Florencia Gomez
London, UK

Elizabeth Smyth Student Scholarship

Martha Vicedomini
Rohnert Park, CA

Fuel Your Dreams Award


Terah Bajjalieh
Morgan Hill, CA

Fuel Your Dreams Award


Taylor Henriquez
Sherman Oaks, CA

Fuel Your Dreams Award
 

Saskia Tingey
Healdsburg, CA

Fuel Your Dreams Award

Nicole Vejar
Oakdale, CA

Fuel Your Dreams Award

Sheree Williams
Oakland, CA 

Fuel Your Dreams Award

LisaAnn Bear
Dixon, NM

Fuel Your Dreams Award

Eboni Hayes
Austin, TX

Fuel Your Dreams Award

Lauren King
Dallas, TX

Fuel Your Dreams Award

Lindsey Johnson
New Berlin, WI

Fuel Your Dreams Award

Rachel Trotter
Indianapolis, IN

Fuel Your Dreams Award

Brooklyn Bain
Santa Rosa Beach, FL

Fuel Your Dreams Award

Stephanie Love
Saint Petersburg, FL

Fuel Your Dreams Award

Daniella Sanchez
Lake Wales, FL

Fuel Your Dreams Award

Diesha Banner
Apex, NY

Fuel Your Dreams Award

Kelly Ann Evans
Raleigh, NC

Fuel Your Dreams Award

Amanda Nicole Borne
Boulder, CO

Fuel Your Dreams Award

Stefanie Schwartz
Brooklyn, NY

Fuel Your Dreams Award

Jenilee Vazquez
Hartford, CT

Fuel Your Dreams Award

Heidi Olson
West Bloomfield, MI

Fuel Your Dreams Award

Desiree Harrison-Brown
Rockville, MD

Fuel Your Dreams Award

Mallory Morris
Lexington, KY

 

 

 

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Katrina Gall
Toronto, Canada

Professional & Leadership Development

“I am so honored and grateful to be receiving the Women of the Vine & Spirits Professional Development Award. Wine and Food have always been a very important part of life and my career. It is especially important to me to be recognized by other women in the wine and spirits community. I will be using the award to assist me in taking my Certified Sommelier Program.”

Corinne Keddie
Calgary, Canada

Professional & Leadership Development

“I am very honoured to receive the Women of the Vine & Spirits Professional Development Award and to become part of this empowering global community of talented and inspiring women working in the world of wine and spirits. My wine journey will benefit from this support, as I continue my studies in the Masters of Wine program and consulting on wine related design projects.”

Veronica Mendoza
Glendale, CA

Professional & Leadership Development

"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."

Evelyn Alvarez-Mendoza
Santa Maria, CA

Women of the Vine & Spirits Foundation Educational Scholarship - Student 

“I would like to sincerely  thank the Women of the Vine & Spirits Foundation Scholarship Committee for granting me this meaningful scholarship! Not only will this scholarship provide valuable financial support to help fund my graduate  education, but it will also allow for my career endeavors to be more attainable. Being granted this scholarship from an extraordinary organization that dedicates its generous support towards empowering women and fueling dreams is a true blessing for me, one that I will forever and always cherish. Please believe me when I say that words are not enough to express my deep appreciation and gratitude for this life-changing opportunity. This scholarship has further instilled in me the courage and willingness to continue striving towards becoming a better and stronger woman each day. Thank you for reminding me that hard work always pays off and that I have the ability and strength to one day live my dreams and no longer dream them. On behalf of my entire family and myself, thank you so so much for making such an impactful and significant difference in my life!”

Adrienne Goppold
Fallview Lane, FL

Women of the Vine & Spirits Educational Scholarship - Student

“I am so grateful and honored to be chosen! I feel like I am on my path to success and this scholarship will help give me a boost. I hope to return the favor by supporting women in brewing and winemaking for the duration of my career. Cheers!”

Victoria Roberts Chavez
Napa, CA

Women of the Vine & Spirits Educational Scholarship - Student

“I am so grateful and honored to be chosen! I feel like I am on my path to success and this scholarship will help give me a boost. I hope to return the favor by supporting women in brewing and winemaking for the duration of my career. Cheers!”

Nadege Lark
Elmont, NY

Women of the Vine & Spirits Educational Scholarship - Continuing Education 

“The scholarship provides the means to delve deeper into my academics and ultimately gives me the knowledge and confidence that will allow me to provide a richer, “spirited” experience to my clientele.”

 

Morgan Pressley
Belmont, NC

Women of the Vine & Spirits Educational Scholarship - Continuing Education 

“I plan to use this scholarship to extend my education in the wine industry in order to own and run a fine wine bottle shop in the future. I hope to travel to several vineyards to work with winemakers and their teams, as well as attend wine courses at a local university in Charlotte,NC. I am beyond ecstatic to be receiving this award!”

Sabrina Valles
La Mirada, CA

Women of the Vine & Spirits Educational Scholarship - Continuing Education

“The Women of the Vine & Spirits Continuing Education Award will help me empower others who wish to enter the craft beer industry in China and other emerging markets. To me, education is paramount and I am honored to be selected as a recipient for this prestigious award.”

Samantha Kent
Carnation, WA

Women of the Vine & Spirits WSET Level 1 Award in Wines

"I've learned about making wine,but completing the WSET training program will help me better understand the perspective of the customer." 

 

Magdalena Kuffel
Milano, Italy

Women of the Vine & Spirits WSET Level 1 Award in Wines

WOTVS Award is going to allow me to travel in new wine territories - one bottle and one class at the time.”

 

Chrishon Lampley
Chicago, IL

Women of the Vine & Spirits WSET Level 1 Award in Wines

"I am honored to be chosen as a scholarship recipient. As a black female Negociant, I am not taken seriously in the industry. With 17 years of experience in the industry combined with this certification, I am a step closer to being recognized as an expert winemaker." 

 

Tiffany Jay
London, UK

Women of the Vine & Spirits WSET Level 2 Award in Spirits

“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.”

 

Nafeesah Hargrove
Waldorf, MD

Women of the Vine & Spirits WSET Level 2 Award in Wine

“I am grateful for winning this scholarship. It will help lessen the burden of trying to save financially for the WSET 2 Certification class, while maintaining to continuously save to fund a goal that is bigger than me which is to develop my own private wine label that fosters a path to help other African American women and women of color make a positive impact in the wine industry. To me, wine mirrors my life of a symbolic process of transformation, growth, complexity, uniqueness, and expressiveness.”

Allie Nault
Manchester, NH

Women of the Vine & Spirits WSET Level 3 Award in Sake

“As a 22-year old woman, I am constantly reminded by restaurant guests that I am not the typical wine professional to approach a table. As a member of the Women of the Vine, however, I feel a part of the vibrant wine community and not an anomaly. Through this organization, I have discovered so many wonderful mentors and many friends. I am very grateful for the WOTV scholarship which enables me to continue to complete my WSET Diploma and thereby help educate more people about wine.” 

 

Katarina Corbo
Los Angeles, CA

Women of the Vine & Spirits WSET Level 3 Award in Spirits

I am overwhelmed with honor and excitement to be receiving the WOTVS Scholarship to further my career in this industry through the WSET Level 3 Award in Spirits. Continued education is necessary to help inspire and train women and all underrepresented individuals in the industry, creating change for others the way that so many have done for me.”

 

Diana Hawkins
Rocky Bay, New Zealand

Women of the Vine & Spirits WSET Level 3 Award in Wine

“As someone aspiring to make their own wine, I want to add my unique voice to the wine canon while simultaneously paying homage to those who came before me. Thank you WOTVS for helping me do so! This scholarship allow me to deepen my knowledge of the wine world and gain exposure to new and exciting wine styles. This knowledge will not only help me find my winemaking style but also allow me to positively contribute to the global wine world. When I first started in the wine industry, I could count on my hand the number of people who looked like me. So, I am pleased that more and more women and people of color are now being recognized and celebrated. I plan to share my wine knowledge widely and often, mentor other women and people of color, and help them pursue careers in the wine industry.”

 

 

Simone FM Spinner
Lakewood, CO

Women of the Vine & Spirits WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wines and Spirits

Accepting the Women of the Vine & Spirits scholarship for the Wine & Spirits Education Trust Diploma will allow me to complete my wine diploma in preparation for the Master of Wine program. This opportunity will further my doctorate studies, influence my public speaking, and benefit my university students. Most importantly, this scholarship will allow me to teach, coach, and guide WSET students and industry professionals as they develop their knowledge, skills, and careers in wine. I am humbled and honored to accept this generous scholarship and to become a part of the Women of the Vine & Spirit family of accomplished and fascinating women.”

 

Ellizabeth Benchimol

Herndon, VA

E. & J. Gallo Winery “Women Behind the Wine” Educational Fund - Master Sommelier Scholarship

“I’m so honored to be part of such a talented and inspiring group of women.  It’s such an amazing piece of positivity and light during such incredibly dark times.”
 

 

Florencia Gomez
London, UK

E. & J. Gallo Winery “Women Behind the Wine” Educational Fund - Master of Wine Scholarship

“In today's challenging context, it is a tremendous motivation not only to keep moving forward with my mw studies, but also an invitation to keep engaging with important topics such as gender equality, cultural diversity, and sustainable practices within the wine industry.”

 

Martha Vicedomini
Rohnert Park, CA

E. & J. Gallo Winery “Women Behind the Wine” Educational Fund - Elizabeth Smyth Student Scholarship

“I see every dollar in scholarship funding as a temporary loan – one which must get paid back by extending investment and opportunity to the women who come after me.”
 

 

Terah Bajjalieh
Morgan Hill, CA

E. & J. Gallo Winery “Women Behind the Wine” Educational Fund - Fuel Your Dreams Award

“I am inspired by the women before me, by the women succeeding today, and will do my utmost best to forge a path for more women to succeed.”
 

 

Taylor Henriquez
Sherman Oaks, CA

E. & J. Gallo Winery “Women Behind the Wine” Educational Fund - Fuel Your Dreams Award

“This scholarship continues that path of learning, in hopes of creating programming centered around WOC working in wine.”
 

Saskia Tingey
Healdsburg, CA

E. & J. Gallo Winery “Women Behind the Wine” Educational Fund - Fuel Your Dreams Award
 

“This scholarship gives me the opportunity to focus on my studies, advance my career in viticulture and eventually provide support to other women in the industry.”

 

 

Nicole Vejar
Oakdale, CA

E. & J. Gallo Winery “Women Behind the Wine” Educational Fund - Fuel Your Dreams Award

“With faith and a little perseverance, anything is possible!”
 

 

Sheree Williams
Oakland, CA 

E. & J. Gallo Winery “Women Behind the Wine” Educational Fund - Fuel Your Dreams Award

“This scholarship will not only assist me with advancing my knowledge… but it will also fuel my work that continues to lead important conversations about diversity and inclusion in the wine industry.
 

 

LisaAnn Bear
Dixon, NM

E. & J. Gallo Winery “Women Behind the Wine” Educational Fund - Fuel Your Dreams Award

“I am very grateful for this opportunity... I can continue to move forward despite economic barriers.”
 

 

Eboni Hayes
Austin, TX

E. & J. Gallo Winery “Women Behind the Wine” Educational Fund - Fuel Your Dreams Award

“I know my passion lies in the wine industry. And the WOTVS scholarship is going to help my dreams come true!”

 

Lauren King
Dallas, TX

E. & J. Gallo Winery “Women Behind the Wine” Educational Fund - Fuel Your Dreams Award

“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.”
 

 

Lindsey Johnson
New Berlin, WI

E. & J. Gallo Winery “Women Behind the Wine” Educational Fund - Fuel Your Dreams Award

“With this scholarship, not only am I able to continue learning about wine and better myself professionally but I’m able to continue to share my love and passion of wine with others.”

Rachel Trotter
Indianapolis, IN

E. & J. Gallo Winery “Women Behind the Wine” Educational Fund - Fuel Your Dreams Award

“With this scholarship, I will be able to continue my education in winemaking and viticulture. It will help tremendously on my path to becoming a winemaker.”
 

Brooklyn Bain
Santa Rosa Beach, FL

E. & J. Gallo Winery “Women Behind the Wine” Educational Fund - Fuel Your Dreams Award

“Wine has not only become a passion for me but is also driving me to be a better professional.”

 

Stephanie Love
Saint Petersburg, FL

E. & J. Gallo Winery “Women Behind the Wine” Educational Fund - Fuel Your Dreams Award

“I am a wine educator with endless possibilities. Thanks to Women of the Vine & Spirits and E & J Gallo for fueling my dreams to make the possible a reality.”

 

Daniella Sanchez
Lake Wales, FL

E. & J. Gallo Winery “Women Behind the Wine” Educational Fund - Fuel Your Dreams Award

“Thank you for believing in me, allowing me and many women to keep growing in this industry.” 
 

 

 

Diesha Banner
Apex, NY

E. & J. Gallo Winery “Women Behind the Wine” Educational Fund - Fuel Your Dreams Award

“I am truly honored to receive this scholarship and hope to utilize it to learn more that I can share as my ultimate desire is to pave the way for others like me.”
 

 

Kelly Ann Evans
Raleigh, NC

E. & J. Gallo Winery “Women Behind the Wine” Educational Fund - Fuel Your Dreams Award

“I believe there should be more women in the wine industry, and I will use this scholarship to go far in my wine education and become a powerful woman in the world of wine.”
 

 

Amanda Nicole Borne
Boulder, CO

E. & J. Gallo Winery “Women Behind the Wine” Educational Fund - Fuel Your Dreams Award

“I am so thankful for this incredible organization of women who support each other in an industry that is incredibly male dominated and not always ‘female friendly.’”

 

Stefanie Schwartz
Brooklyn, NY

E. & J. Gallo Winery “Women Behind the Wine” Educational Fund - Fuel Your Dreams Award

“Upon receiving this scholarship, a wave of relief came over me. This is enabling me to continue the EMBA program without worrying how to pay for the next term.” 
 

 

Jenilee Vazquez
Hartford, CT

E. & J. Gallo Winery “Women Behind the Wine” Educational Fund - Fuel Your Dreams Award

“It is with much gratitude that I give thanks to an organization that sees women like me trying to make ourselves more visible and acknowledges our efforts by saying ‘I see you, I hear you and you are more than welcome at our table.’”
 

 

Heidi Olson
West Bloomfield, MI

E. & J. Gallo Winery “Women Behind the Wine” Educational Fund - Fuel Your Dreams Award

“It comes at the perfect time to make a great impact in the future of our winery.  I certainly anticipate paying it forward by passing on the knowledge gained to our customers”

 

Desiree Harrison-Brown
Rockville, MD

E. & J. Gallo Winery “Women Behind the Wine” Educational Fund - Fuel Your Dreams Award

“I am grateful for these organizations' commitment to ensuring diversity and advancing women in the wine industry.”

 

Mallory Morris
Lexington, KY

E. & J. Gallo Winery “Women Behind the Wine” Educational Fund - Fuel Your Dreams Award

“Receiving the fuel your dreams scholarship award is a tremendous honor and I am forever grateful for all of the people in my life that have continued to push and support me on this journey.”