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The non-profit collaborated with industry leaders to provide additional scholarships to women in the alcohol beverage industry

May 8, 2019 (New York, NY) – Women of the Vine & Spirits, the world’s leading organization dedicated to empowering and advancing women in the alcohol beverage industry, announced today all scholarship opportunities through its non-profit arm, the Women of the Vine & Spirits Foundation, are now open for applications. The Foundation is also offering new scholarship and award opportunities in collaboration with Corporate Members, E. & J. Gallo Winery and McBride Sisters Collection.

The Women of the Vine & Spirits Foundation, Ltd. 501(c)(3) provides scholarships and awards for the purpose of helping women advance in the alcohol beverage industry through education, leadership, and professional development.

“Providing women with education, resources and opportunities to thrive is the cornerstone of our organization and its success,” said Deborah Brenner, Founder & CEO, Women of the Vine & Spirits. “We value and recognize the benefit that knowledge gives to an individual seeking to progress their career, which is why we are passionate about our Foundation and providing scholarships to deserving women looking to thrive in this industry.”

The Foundation will once again be offering its Professional & Leadership Development Scholarships (awards recipients with all expenses paid trip to the annual sold-out Women of the Vine & Spirits Global Symposium, March 9-11, 2020), Educational Scholarships (awards recipients with either a student scholarship or a continuing education scholarship), and WSET Awards for course fees.

NEW this year!
Women Behind the Wine Educational Fund

A portfolio of wines affiliated with E. & J. Gallo Winery contributed $100,000 to the Women of the Vine & Spirits Foundation for scholarship funding in 2019. The “Women Behind the Wine” Educational Fund, through its Wine Dialogues platform, will award women with monies for continuing education, including tuition grants toward Master of Wine, Master Sommelier, and regional grants within the wine, spirits, and hospitality industry.

McBride Sisters Collection SHE CAN Professional Development Fund 

The McBride Sisters Collection contributed $37,500 to create the “McBride Sisters Collection SHE CAN Professional Development Fund” which will award scholarships for continuing education, career development and leadership coaching in the business of wine, with the goal to empower women to advance in leadership roles and pursue ownership within the wine industry.

For more information about the various scholarship opportunities and to apply, visit womenofthevine.com/foundation.

Women of the Vine & Spirits Corporate Members include Founding Member: Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits; Diamond Members: Bronco Wine Company; Brown-Forman; E. & J. Gallo Winery; Moët Hennessy USA; and Ste. Michelle Wine Estates; Platinum Members: Caesars Entertainment; J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines; Pernod Ricard; Shaw Ross; and William Grant & Sons. For a full list of Corporate Members including those at the Gold, Silver, Bronze and Associate level, visit the Corporate Members tab at womenofthevine.com.

About Women of the Vine & Spirits
Women of the Vine & Spirits is the world’s leading organization dedicated to empowering and advancing women in the alcohol beverage industry. Women of the Vine & Spirits is an organization for members to connect through our global and diverse network and collaborate across all industry sectors. Providing members with resources and opportunities to thrive is the cornerstone of our organization and success. We offer steadfast support for women at every position in the field with membership benefits that include: education, training, mentorship, entrepreneurship and networking as well as tools, services and resources for personal and business development. Together, we are a committed community taking action and making a positive impact on the alcohol beverage industry, worldwide. For more information, please visit womenofthevine.com.

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