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Women of the Vine & Spirits Foundation Scholarships

 

Women of the Vine & Spirits Foundation, Ltd. (the “Foundation”) provides scholarships and awards for the purpose of helping women advance their careers in the food, wine, spirits, brewing, 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 questions about scholarships please contact Executive Director, Tara Davey for more information.

The Foundation plans to offer scholarships this year in the following four categories:

1. Professional & Leadership Development Scholarships (Up to $2,000)
2. Student Educational Scholarships ($500 to $5,000)
3. Continuing Education Scholarships ($500 to $5,000)
4. WSET Scholarships ($300 to $7,500)
5. Executive Leadership Program Scholarship to attend DISCUS Academy (Application closed Feb 15)
 

Applications Open: February 1, 2021

Application Deadline: June 30, 2021

Scholarships Awarded:  September 10, 2021

 

Professional & Leadership Development Scholarships

The Women of the Vine & Spirits Foundation Professional & Leadership Development Scholarship awards recipients with up to $2,000 to attend a professional conference or industry event to allow the recipient the opportunity for additional exposure to ongoing professional development, learning and networking opportunities. Funds can be used to pay for the event registration fee, travel up to $700, and lodging for up to 3 nights. Reimbursement will be made upon submission of receipts.

Conferences and events may include any industry events that will assist recipients learning and development. Examples of such events include, but are in no way limited to:

BREWING

  • Craft Brewers Conference
  • Master Brewers Conference
  • World Brewing Conference

WINE

  • Association for African American Vintners
  • Unified Grape & Wine Symposium
  • ProWein
  • Society of Wine Educators
  • Food & Wine Classic
  • Somm Summit
  • Intn’l Food, Wine & Travel Writers Association
  • Wine Media Conference

SPIRITS

  • Tales of the Cocktail
  • Craft Spirits Conference

Applicant Eligibility Requirements for Professional & Leadership Development Scholarship:

  • At least 21 years of age.
  • Minimum three years active employment within the food, wine, hospitality, and/or viticulture industries is preferred.
  • Essay (approximately 500 words), the topic of which is listed on the application.
  • One or two letters of recommendation.
  • Completed scholarship application that meets the criteria and includes all required attachments, which must be postmarked or electronically submitted no later than 11:59PM on the application deadline date to be considered for the scholarship.
  • Resume (optional)
  • May not be an owner, officer, director or employee of Women of the Vine & Spirits Alliance, Women of the Vine & Spirits Global Symposium, Trellis Concepts LLC, and/or the Foundation.

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Student Educational Scholarship

The Women of the Vine & Spirits Foundation Student Education Scholarship awards students enrolled in an accredited food, wine, hospitality, viticulture or other alcohol beverage industry related postsecondary program (four-year college, community college or vocational/technical college) with $500 to $5,000 to be used toward their tuition, course materials, lodging, and related educational expenses. One or more student education scholarships may be awarded each year, and the amount will be based on the cost of the program (which should be outlined in the application) and application score. 

Examples of such courses include, but are in no way limited to:

  • Fermentation Science
  • Craft Brewing
  • Beer Industry Program
  • Sustainable Brewing
  • Business of Wine Certification (e.g. Sonoma State, Cal Poly, UC Davis)
  • Wine Business Management (e.g. Sonoma State, Cal Poly, UC Davis)
  • Wine Business MBA (e.g. Sonoma State, CIA)
  • MBA in Entrepreneurial Hospitality
  • Business and Sciences in Vineyard & Winery Management (e.g. Bordeaux Sciences Agro or Vintage Master)

Applicant Eligibility Requirements for Student Scholarship:

  • At least 18 years of age.
  • Enrolled in a minimum of nine credit hours of accredited food, wine, hospitality, viticulture, or other alcohol beverage industry related postsecondary program (i.e. college/ university) for two consecutive semesters or terms and have completed at least one grading term of such program.
  • Minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Essay (approximately 500 words), the topic of which is listed on the application.
  • One or two letters of recommendation.
  • Complete transcript of grades from your college/secondary school.
  • Completed and signed scholarship application that meets the criteria and includes all required attachments, which must be postmarked or electronically submitted no later than 11:59PM on the application deadline date to be considered for the scholarship.
  • May not be an owner, officer, director or employee of Women of the Vine & Spirits, Women of the Vine & Spirits Global Symposium, Trellis Concepts LLC, and/or the Foundation.

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Continuing Education Scholarships

The Women of the Vine & Spirits Foundation Continuing Education Scholarship awards individuals working in the food, wine, hospitality, and/or viticulture industries industry with $500 to $5,000 to be used toward gaining industry related credentials or training, professional development, experience or knowledge to advance their career.

Examples of such courses include, but are in no way limited to:

BREWING

  • Craft Beer Business Certificate (eg. UNCC, UVM, Portland State, etc.)
  • Cicerone Beer Certification
  • Siebel Institute Brewing Courses
  • Brewing Science Certificate

WINE

  • The California Wine Appellation Specialist
  • SommEssentials
  • Court of Master Sommeliers
  • Advanced Tasting programs

SPIRITS

GENERAL LEADERSHIP & BUSINESS

  • Public speaking
  • Career development (such as executive coaching)
  • Leadership training (such as communication, soft skills, conflict resolution, etc.)
  • Business management (such as excel, accounting, marketing, etc.)

Applicant Eligibility Requirements for Continuing Education Scholarship:

  • At least 21 years of age.
  • Minimum of three years active employment within the food, wine, hospitality, and/or viticulture industries preferred.
  • Essay (approximately 500 words), the topic of which is listed on the application.
  • One or two letters of recommendation.
  • Resume (optional)
  • Completed and signed scholarship application that meets the criteria and includes all required attachments, which must be postmarked or electronically submitted no later than 11:59PM on the application deadline date to be considered for the scholarship.
  • May not be an owner, officer, director or employee of Women of the Vine & Spirits, Women of the Vine & Spirits Global Symposium, Trellis Concepts LLC, and/or the Foundation.

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WSET Certification Scholarships

The Women of the Vine & Spirits Foundation WSET Certification Scholarship, as part of our partnership with the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET), awards recipients with $300 to $7,500 scholarships to be used toward WSET Certification course fees. The mutual partnership aims to improve the visibility of progression paths and opportunities for women in the wine and spirits industry. Please note, those who receive scholarships for WSET Levels 1-2 Awards in Wines and Levels 1-2 Awards in Spirits from the Foundation are not eligible to take their courses with WOTVS, but can take these qualifications at another APP.

 

WSET Award Levels

Level 1            Wine ($300)
                         Spirits ($300)
                         Sake ($300)

Level 2           Wine ($600)
                        Spirits ($600)
                     
Level 3           Wine ($1,300)
                        Spirits ($1,300)
                        Sake ($900)
Level 4            Wine ($7,500)

 

Applicant Eligibility Requirements for WSET Scholarship:

  • Must be legal drinking age in your country.
  • Essay (typed, double-spaced, approximately 500 words), the topic of which is listed on the application.
  • One or two letters of recommendation.
  • Completed and signed scholarship application that meets the criteria and includes all required attachments, which must be postmarked or electronically submitted no later than 11:59PM on the application deadline date to be considered for the scholarship.
  • May not be an owner, officer, director or employee of Women of the Vine & Spirits, Women of the Vine & Spirits Global Symposium, Trellis Concepts LLC, and/or the Foundation.

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Executive Leadership Program to attend DISCUS Academy

Women of the Vine & Spirits (WOTVS) Foundation 501(c)3 is pleased to offer three (3) scholarships to the DISCUS Academy Executive Leadership Program. 

The three scholarships are being generously funded by Beam Suntory. The Scholarship includes full funding of all program components with the exception of travel for the Leadership Retreat. Program Components listed below. All applicants will be notified via email by WOTVS Foundation if they have been accepted by February 19, 2021.

Open to US applicants only at this time.

This scholarship is open to members and non-members of WOTVS as well as members and non-members of DISCUS. DISCUS Academy has set the criteria for selection of recipients and selection of the recipients will be made by DISCUS Academy. Applicants will be chosen based on their demonstrated leadership potential, initiative and commitment to the industry. Participants should be prepared to engage in self-reflection and introspective work required by this course and be prepared to put their leadership commitment into action following the program. The Leadership Certificate will use a selection process that maximizes diversity of the participant cohort.

For questions about this scholarship please contact Women of the Vine & Spirits Foundation at foundation@womenofthevine.com.

 

Applications Open: February 1, 2021

Application Deadline: February 15, 2021 (by 11:59 PM PST)

Scholarships Awarded: February 19, 2021

 

About DISCUS Academy Executive Leadership Program

DISCUS Academy is dedicated to developing leaders who are committed to improving the distilled spirits industry and themselves through the Developing Leaders and Executive Leadership Programs. The Executive Leadership Program is an 8-month commitment consisting of virtual and in-person elements. Below is a list of program components, along with the program costs. By submitting your application, you are agreeing to participate in each of the program components to the best of your ability.

The Executive Leadership Program is designed for experienced spirits professionals with at least 5-7 years of management experience, during which they have demonstrated responsibility for cross-functional leadership and/or strategy-level decision-making in the distilled spirits industry. The Certificate will build upon the student’s leadership skills and develop the professional’s ability to communicate strategy, negotiate skillfully and influence team behaviors and deliver results. The program will ensure that students have the right blend of soft skills and strategic mindset to achieve performance outcomes at their company. Participation in this program is not contingent upon completing the Developing Leadership Program.

DISCUS Academy is committed to upholding the principles of diversity and equality in all areas of its work, seeking to ensure that all participants and other stakeholders are treated fairly and equally at all times. In accordance with this policy, women, minorities, people with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

 

Program Components:

*program dates are subject to change and participants will be notified with sufficient notice of date changes

 

March 12, 2021

Introductory Meeting (2-hrs)

March 26, 2021

Predictive Index Workshop (4-hrs)

April 9, 2021

Executive Leadership Training (4-hrs)

April 23, 2021

Executive Leadership Training (4-hrs)

May 7, 2021

Diversity & Inclusion Training (4-hrs)

May 21, 2021

Diversity & Inclusion Training (4-hrs)

June - September

Cornell Programming, dates at your own pace

June 18, 2021

Monthly Cohort Call (1-hr)

July 16, 2021

Monthly Cohort Call (1-hr)

August 20, 2021

Monthly Cohort Call (1-hr)

September 17, 2021

Monthly Cohort Call (1-hr)

October 6 - 8, 2021 

DISCUS Annual Conference (optional)

November 7 - 9, 2021

Leadership Retreat (mandatory)

 

2021 Program Deliverables:

  • Cornell Leadership Program Certificate
  • Predictive Index Report & Content
  • Executive Leadership Training
  • Leading with Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Program
  • Leadership Retreat (hotel and meals included in program fee)
  • DISCUS Academy Leadership Certificate
  • Connected and engaged cohort
  • Better understanding of the self 
  • Tools to develop skilled leadership


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