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. 

For more information or assistance, please email  info@womenofthevine.com


Deadline to Submit Scholarship Application: August 15, 2018

Scholarship Recipient(s) to be notified: September 15, 2018

Scholarship Application Guidelines

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The Women of the Vine & Spirits Foundation Committee is proud to announce the
Women of the Vine & Spirits Scholarship Recipients for 2017:

Professional & Leadership Development Scholarship:                                                                                               Educational Scholarship:            

Ava Dally, New York                           Jennifer Reichardt, California                                                                                                    Maria Dillingham, California             Sandy Gomes, New Jersey      











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.

Educational Scholarships

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.

WSET Scholarships

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 Level 1 Award in Wines

·         WSET Level 1 Award in Wine Service

·         WSET Level 1 Award in Spirits

·         WSET Level 1 Award in Sake

·         WSET Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits

·         WSET Level 2 Award in Spirits

·         WSET Level 3 Award in Wines

·         WSET Level 3 Award in Sake

·         WSET Level 4 Diploma


“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

Foundation Committee

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

Encouraging Bright Futures

Women of the Vine & Spirits Scholarship Fund in
Honor of Edward H. Brenner

“When I started my entrepreneurial endeavor, I enticed my dad out of retirement to work with me. We worked together for seven years and I was blessed to have him lend his expertise and share his wisdom to guide me. Unfortunately, my dad passed away in 2014, just four weeks before we held the first ever Women of the Vine Grand Tasting in Napa. His unwavering support gave me the courage to step up and step out. As a father of three daughters and grandfather of three granddaughters, I am honored to name the scholarship after my Man of the Vine!” – Deborah Brenner, Founder & President, Women of the Vine & Spirits

In addition to being the Founding Partner of the Women of the Vine & Spirits, Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits is the Founding Partner of Women of the Vine & Spirits Scholarship Fund.

“We are proud to be a part of this group that is dedicated to celebrating achievements and advancement of women in the business.” – Steve Slater, Executive Vice President, General Manager of the Wine Division, Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits.