The Women of the Vine & Spirits Foundation, Ltd. 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.
The Foundation’s scholarships are divided into two categories: the Professional & Leadership Development Scholarship awards recipients an all-expense paid trip and ticket to attend the Fourth Annual Women of the Vine & Spirits Global Symposium; the Educational Scholarship awards recipients with funds to assist with their tuition, course materials,a lodging, and related educational expenses including the cost of professional advancement courses in the food, wine, hospitality, and/or viticulture industries.
The Scholarship Selection Committee, comprised of Dr. Liz Thach, Distinguished Professor of Wine and Professor of Management at Sonoma State University, Tim Widnes, Wine Buyer, Whole Foods Market andDr. Kathryn LaTour, Associate Professor, Wine Services Marketing, Cornell University, reviewed a number of applications and awarded scholarships based on the quality of the application, essay, industry related experience and letters of recommendation. Women of the Vine & Spirits is proud to announce the following recipients of the Women of the Vine & Spirits Foundation Scholarships for 2017:
- Ava Dally – Professional Development Scholarship
- Jennifer Reichardt – Professional Development Scholarship
- Maria Dillingham – Education Scholarship
- Sandra Gomes – Education Scholarship
“A cornerstone of our mission is to educate and inspire women in the alcohol beverage industry to advance in their careers,” said Deborah Brenner, Founder & President, Women of the Vine & Spirits. “Awarding these impressive women with these well-deserved scholarships is just one way we demonstrate our dedication to this mission.”
For more information about the Women of the Vine & Spirits Foundation, to apply, or to donate to the Edward H. Brenner Scholarship Fund, visit womenofthevine.com and find the Foundation page under the Career tab.