SommFoundation

Annual Scholarships

We award over $150,000 in annual scholarships to beverage professionals worldwide. Currently, we offer fifteen scholarship programs, some application-based (award based on merit and need) and some competition-based. Scholarships range from $500-$5000.

Assemblage Wine Scholarship for Aspiring Sommeliers

  • Sponsor

    Assemblage Beverage Company


  • Two $800 scholarships to be applied toward introductory level wine education (Court of Master Sommeliers Introductory Class, WSET Leve1 or 2 in Wines, and similar courses/exams.

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Bonaccorsi Master Sommelier Exam Scholarship

  • Sponsor

    Court of Master Sommeliers, Americas


  • This application applies to students sitting for the CMS Master Sommelier Exam, Tasting and Practical only. It does not apply to students sitting for the CMS Master Theory Exam. Scholarship amount is $2,000.

  • Deadline

    July 10, 2024, 11:00 PM (Pacific)


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CMS International Advanced Course & Exam Scholarship

  • Sponsor

    Court of Master Sommeliers, Americas


  • This application applies to the 2023 or 2024 CMS Advanced Course or Exam for INTERNATIONAL RESIDENTS ONLY, it excludes residents from Canada and the United States. The scholarship amount is $1500. This scholarship may be awarded retroactively for courses/exams already taken in 2023.

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Dan Gulbronsen Memorial Scholarship

  • Sponsor

    SommFoundation


  • This scholarship is to assist with expenses related to the Court of Master Sommeliers Advanced Course, The Society of Wine Certified Wine Educator Course, or the WSET Level 3 Award in Wines. Scholarship amount is $2000.

  • Availability
    Opens in late fall

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Debbie Lewis Women in Wine Scholarship

  • Sponsors

    Lewis Cellars


  • This scholarship applies to women pursuing wine education/certification. Scholarship amount is $5000.

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Jackson Family Wines CMS Master Sommelier Exam & IMW Master of Wine Exam Scholarship for Canadians.

  • Sponsor

    Jackson Family Wines


  • This scholarship applies to students sitting for the Master of Wine Exam, Stage 2 or students sitting for the Master Sommelier Exam (Theory, Practical, and/or Tasting) in 2024. Scholarship amount is $2000. Must work and reside in Canada.

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Joey Zapata Memorial Scholarship

  • Sponsor

    Elizabeth Rose Mandalou & Anne Therese Moses


  • This scholarship is to assist with expenses related to the Court of Master Sommeliers-Americas Advanced Exam. This scholarship is in the amount of $1,398.

  • Availability
    Opens in late fall

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Laurent-Perrier Women in Wine Leadership Scholarship

  • Sponsor

    Champagne Laurent-Perrier,


  • This scholarship applies to women seeking wine education and certification. Scholarship amount is $2000.

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Les Dames d’Escoffier, Dallas Chapter Scholarship in Wine Studies

  • Sponsor

    Dallas Chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier International


  • This scholarship is to assist a woman currently working toward a high-level certification in the wine industry through IMW, CMS or WSET. Scholarship amount is $1000. Texas residents only.

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Napa Valley Wine Academy Scholarships

  • Sponsor

    Napa Valley Wine Academy


  • These scholarships apply to any professional looking to further their wine education through online or in-person classes. ***Must work and reside in the United States.

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SommFoundation Master of Wine Scholarship

  • Sponsor

    SommFoundation


  • This Scholarship is for Institute of Masters of Wine, Master of Wine Students, (Stage 2). Award amount is $3000.

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Unger Advanced Sommelier Exam Scholarship

  • Sponsor

    Court of Master Sommeliers, Americas


  • This application applies to students sitting for the Advanced Sommelier Exam, Tasting and Practical only. This scholarship does not apply to the Advanced Theory Exam. The scholarship amount is $1000.

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Women’s Wine Guild of Colorado – Women Empowerment Scholarship

  • Sponsor

    Tag Restaurant Group


  • This scholarship for a woman currently working in the Hospitality, Wine, Food, and Beverage Industry in the state of Colorado. Scholarship funds are to be used toward WSET Level 1 or 2, Court of Master Sommeliers Introductory or Certified Courses/Exams, or Society of Wine Educators Certified Specialist of Wine Exam. Scholarship amount is $1000.

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