Napa Valley Wine Academy


About our Scholarships

Napa Valley Wine Academy holds the belief that education is the cornerstone of a better career and a higher level of hospitality. Everyone deserves access to education regardless of their financial situation. Through our partnerships, we are, from time to time, able to offer our students the chance to apply for scholarships and tuition assistance programs to support their wine and spirits education. The primary goals of our scholarships are to promote diversity in the wine industry. The majority of our scholarships are awarded on a combination of a student’s financial need and merit.

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Somm Foundation

SommFoundation’s mission is to assist in the education and professional development of people working in the wine and spirits business. We help professionals develop their skills, knowledge, and competency through scholarships, mentorships and enrichment opportunities. Sixteen WSET scholarships will be awarded in 2024.
Scholarship 1 (Spring): April 5, 2024, deadline May 13th, 2024 11 pm pst
Scholarship 2 (Fall): August 1, 2024, deadline October 1, 2024 11 pm pst

Pink Boots Society

The Pink Boots Society was created to empower women and/or non-binary individuals in the fermented and alcoholic beverage industry to advance their careers through education. While primarily focused on beer, they are expanding to offer members a broader range of education through thirty WSET scholarships in wine, sake and spirits. Application period April-June, July-September and October-December 2024. Please contact Pink Boots Society directly for more information.

AAAV - Association of African-American Vintners


Association of African American Vintners offers scholarships to assist and support the path for minority students to begin their journeys pursuing an education or career in the wine industry. Thirty-four scholarships are available at all WSET levels, plus Business of Wine and American Wine Expert.
The application period ends September 30, 2023.


Les Dames d’Escoffier, Dallas Chapter Scholarship in Wine Studies

We invite you to apply for Les Dames d’Escoffier, Dallas Chapter Scholarship in Wine Studies. This scholarship is to be used to assist with expenses related to the WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wines, The Institute of Masters of Wine, Master of Wine Exam (stage 2) or the Court of Master Sommeliers



Wine Unify champions diversity and inclusion for underrepresented minorities in the wine industry. With the generous assistance of sponsors, including Napa Valley Wine Academy,, Coravin, and, among others, Wine Unify is able to offer a variety of education-based awards for aspiring and existing minority wine professionals and help strengthen the diverse community in our industry.

New rounds of scholarships open year-round in 2023/2024. For more information and to apply:





Completed Scholarships in 2022

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Orvieto DOC

Orvieto DOC, located in Umbria, is the region’s spiritual center. Orvieto’s wines, all white and produced in different styles, are known for their expression of terroir. In spite of the centuries of production – the written knowledge of Orvieto is scarce. The Consorzio is inspiring future educators and scholars of Italian wines to learn more about the wines by offering one WSET Diploma level student a full scholarship for Unit D3 – Wines of the World. DEADLINE TO APPLY IS JUNE 1, 2022

Sorry, the application period is closed.

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In celebration of Women’s History Month, the Chloe Wine Collection announced five $1,000 scholarships in partnership with the Napa Valley Wine Academy, to be used in any NVWA course including WSET. The scholarships were open to anyone identifying as female. As part of the application process, entrants were asked to write an essay on a female mentor who helped shape their careers. Scholarships were awarded in Summer.

Roots Foundation
Roots Fund is committed to investing in the Black, Indigenous & LatinX wine community to provide opportunities to those seeking a career/education in all aspects of wine.Napa Valley Wine Academy partnered with this fund to award twent-four enrollments in WSET and other courses.

Other Completed Scholarship Programs


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Napa Valley Wine Academy teams up with NBA star and wine lover Josh Hart to offer 100 scholarships to aspiring wine experts in the BIPOC community, with the goal of discovering tomorrow’s wine industry stars.

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Napa Valley Wine Academy announces the winner of the Languedoc Wines WSET Diploma Scholarship. The region offered the scholarship to the Academy’s WSET Diploma students. The contest included a written essay on key elements influencing the southern France winegrowing region of Languedoc, as well as global market positioning given the leadership of the Languedoc region in both organic winegrowing and rosé wine production. Irina Ponomarenko, a wine educator living in Los Angeles, had the highest scoring essay and has been named as the recipient of the 2020 Languedoc Wines Sommelier Challenge scholarship. Irina is a Certified Educator for the regions of Cognac and Jerez, and in 2019, she became the winner of the Languedoc National Sommelier Challenge.


If you are interested in making a tax-deductible donation to the NVWA Education Foundation scholarship fund please use the “Donate” button.


The NVWA Education Foundation a 501c3 scholarship fund is now providing organizations, companies, and individuals the opportunity to fund a scholarship in their name. These named scholarships will support the formal education of future wine and hospitality industry professionals and further support our growing base of students. Scholarship naming opportunities exist for organizations, companies, or individuals that donate $2,000 or more to support the education of the next generation of wine professionals. In appreciation for their contributions, scholarship sponsors will have the opportunity to request qualification criteria, be introduced to the recipients and have to option to be named in all NVWA Education Foundation press releases and promotion materials. For more details, please contact Nina Sventitsky at 855-513-9738


Cancellations of confirmed in-person course enrollments and workshops are accepted up to 60 days before the start of the course. An administration fee of $50 plus the full cost of the study materials and exam fees will be deducted, and the remainder of the course fee refunded to the payee. Separate WSET exam cancellation/transfer rules apply.
Transfers of a confirmed enrollment to another course are accepted 60 days before the course start date with an administration fee of $50.

Cancellations less than 60 days before the in-person course start date or course no shows forfeit any refund/transfer options unless students can provide medical documentation. If medical documentation is provided, students can be transferred to a later course. No refunds will be applied.

Course Transfers cannot be carried forward to the next academic year (which commenced on January 1).

Students are highly encouraged to purchase separate travel insurance.

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Flamingo Hotel Las Vegas

Your WSET Level 3 exam will take place on

February 12, 2023 at 10:00 AM (Pacific)


3555 Las Vegas Blvd

Las Vegas, NV 89109


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Mariott Santa Ynez

Your WSET Level 3 exam will take place on

April 23, 2023 at 10:00 AM (Pacific)


555 McMurray Road

Buelton, CA 93427


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Art Hotel Denver

Your WSET Level 3 exam will take place on

March 5, 2023 at 10:00 AM (Mountain)


1201 Broadway

Denver, CO 80203


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Aloft Nashville

Your WSET Level 3 exam will take place on

February 12, 2023 at 10:00 AM (Central)


1719 West End Ave.

Nashville, TN 37203


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Epicurean Hotel

Your WSET Level 3 exam will take place on

March 19, 2023 at 10:00 AM (Eastern)


1207 S Howard Ave,

Tampa, FL 33606


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Your WSET Level 3 exam will take place on

January 22, 2023 at 10:00 AM (Pacific)


2501 Oak Street

Napa, CA 94559