22 December – (Napa – CALIF.) —The Napa Valley Wine Academy (NVWA), America’s Premier Wine School, is finishing up 2021 exceeding both scholarship goals and enrollment projections for the year.
“The student is at the heart of everything that we do, including curriculum development, the educational process, innovative online learning platforms, accessibility, diversity, financial aid and ultimately professional success,” said NVWA Founder Christian Oggenfuss. “We have been able to support more students with scholarships developed through partnerships, as well as witness exponential growth both in terms of enrollment and academic success. The academy was honored to provide the highest-level wine education to nearly 8,000 students in 2021.”
After topping more than $150,000 in cumulative scholarship value this year, the NVWA will continue to support and develop new partnerships in the future. The next round of scholarship applications will begin early in 2022.
A continued commitment to making an investment in the evolution of the wine world, as well as support non-profit organizations that benefit a wide array of people, NVWA scholarship programs include financial assistance for Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) tuition, Business of Wine and other certifications that can be earned at the academy.
Scholarships partners have included the Association of African-American Vintners (open to anyone who is committed to actively improving diversity in the wine industry), the Chloe Wine Collection Learn for Success Scholarship Program (open to female applicants), The Roots Fund (focused upon BIPOC wine communities), Wine Unify and Wine Access in partnership with NBA star Josh Hart.
Napa Valley Wine Academy holds the belief that education is the cornerstone of a better career and a higher level of hospitality, and that everyone deserves access to education regardless of their financial situation. For more visit NapaValleyWineAcademy.
Napa Valley Wine Academy is America’s Premier Wine School™ and the two-time winner of the WSET Global Wine Educator of the Year, having won in 2016 and 2019, making it the most awarded WSET wine school in the world. The Academy is based in Napa Valley, California with locations across the United States and online. NVWA is proud to be an approved program provider of the internationally recognized WSET (Wine & Spirit Education Trust) series of wine, spirit, and sake courses (including WSET Levels 1 through 4 in Wine) as well as a full suite of online classes and a host of other specialty classes ideal for enthusiasts and critical for wine and beverage industry professionals. For more information about the Napa Valley Wine Academy visit NapaValleyWineAcademy.com.
Lindsey Perry, from Austin, Texas, can be found on Instagram @lindsaywinesalot – She is WSET levels 1 + 2 certified through the Napa Valley Wine Academy. She moved to California this year, as Lindsey is one of the @murphygoodewines contest winners.
Davon D.E. Harchett-Robinson known on Instagram as @bubbleista is a lawyer turned freelance writer, and the force behind the blog, bubbleista.com. Devon is studying at the WSET level 3 with NVWA. She was awarded a scholarship with the Association of African American Vintners.
WSET 2 student Kiana aka @unpolishedgrape is from Chicago and completed Level 2 online with NVWA. She has always been a wine enthusiast, but recently I’ve wanted to delve deeper into the history, science and process of winemaking to gain a complete understanding. Kiana aims to continue her education with the ultimate goal of opening her own wine bar! She has been sharing her inspiring journey at NVWA on her IG and also passed the new Cotes Du Rhone course this year.