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.
Open Scholarships in 2023
Somm FoundationSommFoundation’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 2023.
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 eleven WSET scholarships. Application period starts August 4, 2023.
Please contact Pink Boots Society directly for more information.
ASSOCIATION OF AFRICAN AMERICAN VINTNERS SCHOLARSHIPS
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, Wine.com, Coravin, and Jancisrobinson.com, 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
Orvieto DOCOrvieto 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.
CHLOE WINE COLLECTION LEARN FOR SUCCESS SCHOLARSHIPS
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.
Other Completed Scholarship Programs
WINE ACCESS DIVERSITY IN WINE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM WITH JOSH HART
CONSEIL INTERPROFESSIONNEL DES VINS DU LANGUEDOC (CIVL) WSET DIPLOMA SCHOLARSHIP 2020
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