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Professional & Leadership Development Scholarships

The Women of the Vine & Spirits Foundation Professional & Leadership Development Scholarship awards recipients with up to $2,000 to attend a professional conference or industry event to allow the recipient the opportunity for additional exposure to ongoing professional development, learning and networking opportunities. Funds can be used to pay for the event registration fee, travel up to $700, and lodging for up to 3 nights. Reimbursement will be made upon submission of receipts.

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Scholarships open May 1, 2024

Scholarships close July 31, 2024

Recipients notified September 2024

Conferences and events may include any industry events that will assist recipients learning and development. Examples of such events include, but are in no way limited to:


  • Craft Brewers Conference

  • Master Brewers Conference

  • World Brewing Conference

  • Beers With(out) Beards

  • NBWA Annual Convention & Next Generation Conference


  • Association for African American Vintners

  • Unified Grape & Wine Symposium

  • ProWein

  • Society of Wine Educators

  • Food & Wine Classic

  • Somm Summit

  • Intn’l Food, Wine & Travel Writers Association

  • Wine Media Conference


  • Tales of the Cocktail

  • Craft Spirits Conference


Vibe Conference

Applicant Eligibility Requirements for Professional & Leadership Development Scholarship:

  • At least 21 years of age.

  • Minimum three years active employment within the food, wine, hospitality, and/or viticulture industries is preferred.

  • Essay (approximately 500 words), the topic of which is listed on the application.

  • One or two letters of recommendation.

  • Completed scholarship application that meets the criteria and includes all required attachments, which must be postmarked or electronically submitted no later than 11:59PM on the application deadline date to be considered for the scholarship.

  • Resume (optional)

  • May not be an owner, officer, director or employee of Women of the Vine & Spirits Alliance, Women of the Vine & Spirits Global Symposium, Trellis Concepts LLC, and/or the Foundation.

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