WOMEN OF THE VINE & SPIRITS FOUNDATION
Women of the Vine & Spirits Foundation, Ltd. 501(c)(3) provides scholarships and awards for the purpose of helping women advance in their careers in the food, wine, spirits, hospitality, or viticulture industries through education, leadership, and professional development, as well as fostering gender diversity and talent development across the industry at large.
Deadline to Submit Scholarship Application: August 15, 2018
Scholarship Recipient(s) to be notified: September 15, 2018
The Women of the Vine & Spirits Foundation Committee is proud to announce the
Women of the Vine & Spirits Scholarship Recipients for 2017:
The Foundation offers scholarships each calendar year to recipients of either a Professional & Leadership Development Scholarship, Educational Scholarship or WSET Level Scholarship as described below. Applicants may only apply for one scholarship per calendar year.
Professional & Leadership Development Scholarship
This scholarship awards recipients with attendance at the Women of the Vine & Spirits Global Symposium. Each year the Foundation will announce the number of scholarships to be awarded. For 2018, the Foundation will award two scholarships for recipients’ attendance at the Women of the Vine & Spirits Global Symposium on March 11 through March 13, 2019. The Foundation will award each recipient with a Women of the Vine & Spirits Global Symposium ticket, lodging for the duration of the symposium, and transportation to and from the San Francisco area airport. The Foundation will also reimburse recipients for airfare up to $500 upon proof of the recipients’ purchase of the airline ticket; if the recipient cancels/does not attend the Global Symposium, the recipient must reimburse Foundation for such reimbursed airfare expense.
This scholarship awards recipients either a student scholarship or a continuing education scholarship as described below. Each year the Foundation will announce the number of scholarships to be awarded. For 2018, the Foundation will award two scholarships to recipients to assist with their tuition, course materials, lodging, and related educational expense. The dollar amount of each Educational Scholarship will range from $500.00 up to $2500.00, and will fall under either one of the following categories:
Student Scholarship – award for applicants already enrolled in an accredited food, wine, hospitality, viticulture, or other alcohol beverage industry related postsecondary program.
Continuing Education Scholarship – award for applicants towards the cost of professional advancement courses regarding the food, wine, hospitality, and/or viticulture industries. Courses awarded may include, but shall not be limited to, the California Wine Appellation Specialist course, Somm Essentials, Court of Master Sommeliers’ courses, Advanced Tasting programs, public speaking courses, and career development courses.
As part of our Strategic Alliance with the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET), Women of the Vine & Spirits will provide scholarships toward WSET course fees per Level. The mutual alliance aims to improve the visibility of progression paths and opportunities for women in the wine and spirits industry. WSET Scholarships is a subset of the Continuing Education Scholarship. Applicants should specify which Level they would like to apply their Scholarship toward on the application where indicated.
“WSET is a champion for equal opportunity in the industry, emphasising the value of education for all professionals and enthusiasts, men and women. 43% of WSET Diploma graduates are women and eight out of the past 10 highest scoring Diploma students have been female. We look forward to collaborating with Women of the Vine & Spirits to develop further opportunities together for the benefit of our students, our partner’s members and the industry at large.
- Ian Harris, Chief Executive, WSET
The Women of the Vine & Spirits Foundation is guided by the Foundation Committee comprised of the following individuals:
Alison Herman, Senior Counsel, Regulatory & Compliance, Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits
Dr. Kathryn LaTour, Associate Professor, Wine Services Marketing, Cornell University
Dr. Liz Thach, MW Distinguished Professor of Wine and a Professor of Management at Sonoma State University