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 ($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)
 

Applications Open: February 1, 2020

Application Deadline: June 30, 2020

Scholarships Awarded:  September 10, 2020

 

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 a $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 (typed, double-spaced, approximately 500 words), the topic of which is listed on the application.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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 (Sonoma State, Cal Poly, UC Davis, etc.)
  • Wine Business Management
  • Wine Business MBA
  • MBA in Entrepreneurial Hospitality
  • Business and Sciences in Vineyard & Winery Management 

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 (typed, double-spaced, approximately 500 words), the topic of which is listed on the application.
  • 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 (typed, double-spaced, approximately 500 words), the topic of which is listed on the application.
  • 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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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.

 

WSET Award Levels

Level 1            Wine ($300)
                        Spirits ($300)
                        Sake ($300)
Level 2            Wine ($900) 
                        Spirits ($900) 
Level 3            Wine ($1300)
                        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.
  • 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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