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.

Charlie Palmer Pigs & Pinot CMS Introductory Course/Exam Scholarship

  • Sponsors

    Charlie Palmer Pigs & Pinot, Dry Creek Kitchen


  • This application applies to students taking the Court of Master Sommeliers Introductory Course and Exam. Scholarship amount is $600.

  • Availability
    Opens in spring

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Cooper’s Hawk Scholarship for Black American Wine Professionals

  • Sponsor

    Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurant


  • This scholarship is to assist Black Americans who are passionate about pursuing a career in the wine industry. Scholarship amount is $1000.

  • Availability
    Opens in mid-summer

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Dan Gulbronsen Memorial Scholarship

  • Sponsor

    SommFoundation


  • This scholarship applies to students planning to take the Court of Master Sommeliers (CMS) Advanced Course in 2021. You must be a Certified Sommelier through CMS at the time of application. Scholarship amount is $2000.

  • Availability
    Opens in fall

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Debbie Lewis Women in Wine

  • Sponsors

    Randy Lewis & Lewis Cellars


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

  • Deadline

    March 28, 2021, 11:00 PM (Pacific)

    This application is now closed.
    Vetting in process.

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

  • Sponsor

    Jackson Family Wines


  • This scholarship applies to students sitting for the Master of Wine, Stage 2 Practical Only Exam or students sitting for the Master Sommelier Exam (Theory or Practical/Tasting) in 2020/early 2021. Scholarship amount is $2000. Must work and reside in Canada.

  • Availability
    Opens in spring

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Pennsylvania Women of Wine Scholarship

  • Sponsors

    Dark Horse Wine, E&J Gallo Winery


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

  • Deadline

    March 31, 2021, 11:00 PM (Pacific)

    This application is now closed.
    All applicants have been notified of their standing.

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Santa Margherita USA General Education Scholarship

  • Sponsor

    Santa Margherita USA


  • This Scholarship applies to wine professionals looking to further their education. Scholarship amount is $1000.

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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.

  • Deadline

    April 30, 2021, 11:00 PM (Pacific)


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Sonoma-Cutrer Scholarship for CMS Certified Exam, Advanced Course, and Advanced Exam

  • Sponsor

    Sonoma-Cutrer


  • This application applies to students planning to sit for the CMS Certified Exam, Advanced Course, or Advanced Exam in 2021. Certified scholarship amount is $595, Advanced Course Scholarship is $1499 and Advanced Exam Scholarship is $1195.

  • Deadline

    May 28, 2021, 11:00 PM (Pacific)


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Unger Advanced Exam Scholarship

  • Sponsor

    Court of Master Sommeliers, Americas


  • This application applies to students sitting for the Advanced Exam only. This scholarship does not apply to the Advanced Course. It may be awarded retroactively. Scholarship amount is $1250.

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Wilson Daniels Master of Wine & Master Sommelier Exam Scholarship

  • Sponsor

    Wilson Daniels


  • This application applies to students sitting for the CMS Master Exam (theory, practical, and tasting) or the Master of Wine Exam (stage 2, practical only) in 2020. Scholarship amount: $2200

  • Availability
    Opens in mid-summer

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