Cooper’s Hawk Announces 2024 Scholarship Recipients

Cooper's Hawk Scholarship

For the fourth year in a row, Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants is demonstrating its support of BIPOC sommeliers by awarding $1,000 scholarships to 10 recipients across the country, selected by the Somm Foundation, the organization states.

Here are the selected recipients:

  • Mireya Aguilar – San Diego, CA
  • Sabrina Cerquera – Portland, OR
  • Ali Laivadhana – Honolulu, HI
  • Colby Mitchell – Charlotte, NC
  • Alexandra Morton – Austin, TX
  • Isabel Pacheco – Santee, CA
  • Rebeca Pinhas – New Orleans LA
  • Dhruv Singh – Hood River, OR
  • Brittany Vincent – Landover, MD
  • Holli Wright – Frankfort, IL

The scholarship aims to assist BIPOC Americans who are passionate about pursuing a career in the wine industry, according to the organization. In addition to the scholarship, Emily Wines, Master Sommelier and VP of Wine and Beverage Experiences at Cooper’s Hawk, will offer personal mentorship to each recipient.

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Fostering a Strong Foundation for Success

“Democratizing wine culture is one of our key missions at Cooper’s Hawk,” said Tim McEnery, Founder and CEO, Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants, in a news release. “We’re thrilled to highlight a new group of BIPOC sommeliers who are passionate about pursuing a career in the wine industry, and present them the opportunity to further their education. We’re proud to commit to this scholarship program for the fourth year in a row and see these individuals flourish.”

Emily Wines, MS, VP of Wine and Beverage Experiences, Cooper’s Hawk, added: “I am thrilled to extend my support to BIPOC wine professionals through our annual scholarship program. Recognizing the significance of mentorship, I am committed to guiding them on career paths, educational pursuits and exam preparation, fostering a strong foundation for their success. This scholarship embodies our commitment to promoting diversity within the industry, and I eagerly anticipate witnessing the achievements of the deserving recipients as they excel in their pursuits.”

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