This scholarship is to assist Black Americans who are passionate about pursuing a career in the wine industry. Scholarship amount is $1000. Whether you are pursuing an entry level or higher level program, this scholarship is open to all applicants. In addition to the scholarship, Cooper’s Hawk Master Sommelier, Emily Wines, will offer personal mentorship to each recipient. Scholarship recipients will be selected based on demonstration of need and merit.
One scholarship will be awarded by July 31st. An additional nine scholarships will be announced in late fall of 2020. If you are not selected as the recipient for the July scholarship, your application will be automatically entered for consideration for the later scholarships.
A note from Cooper’s Hawk CEO and founder, Tim McEnery: “We are excited to sponsor a series of scholarships through SommFoundation, that will assist Black Americans on their wine journey. At Cooper’s Hawk, we are passionate about community and for us, that community is our guests and the wine industry at large. We see the need for more diversity in the wine business and this will provide financial support and mentorship to those passionate about wine.”
Founded in 2005 by CEO Tim McEnery, Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants is built upon the belief that food and wine hold the power to forge lasting connections. A lifestyle brand focused on creating memorable moments that enrich lives, the company is home to over 400,000 Wine Club members across its 43 locations. The concept is a fusion of familiar elements – modern casual restaurant, Napa-style tasting room, and artisanal retail market combined to create an entirely new hospitality experience. Cooper’s Hawk has won over 550 awards for its wine and opened their flagship, 3- story location in downtown Chicago in Fall 2019. Cooper’s Hawk is also the official wine partner of the Screen Actor’s Guild Awards. To learn more visit Cooper’s Hawk at www.chwinery.com