SommFoundation

Competitive 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.

Rudd Foundation – Rudd Round Table Scholarship

  • Sponsor

    Rudd Foundation


  • This $5000 scholarship is awarded to the top scorer at each Court of Master Sommeliers Advanced Exam. Recipients are also invited to participate in the annual Rudd Round Table Event.

  • Availability
    Awarded for best performance at the Court of Master Sommeliers Advanced Exam

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Ste. Michelle Wine Estates Walter Clore Scholarship

  • Sponsor

    Ste. Michelle Wine Estates


  • $500 Scholarship and a bottle of Walter Clore Reserve to the top scorer on each Court of Master Sommeliers Certified Exam

  • Availability
    Awarded for best performance at the Court of Master Sommeliers Certified Exam

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TEXSOM Best Sommelier Competition

  • Sponsor

    SommFoundation


  • The competition includes a tasting exam, practical service exam and written theory exam and is judged by Master Sommeliers and Masters of Wine from around the globe. First Place: $2500, 2nd Place: $1500, 3rd Place: $1000.

  • Availability
    Annual Competition at TEXSOM

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The SOMM Journal Geographical Digest Virtual Series

  • Sponsors

    The SOMM Journal, National Geographic Books, The New Sotheby’s Wine Encyclopedia


  • This monthly series will from from May 2021 through April 2022. Each session will include random drawings for one year’s access to SommFoundation’s SommGeo, essay competitions for scholarships (awards will range from $400-$1000) and a copy of the New Southeby’s Wine Encyclopedia gifted to the top scorer,

  • Deadline

    December 14, 2021, 09:00 AM (Pacific)


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Treasury Wine Estates Luxicon Tour

  • Sponsor

    Treasury Wine Estates


  • Blind Tasting and Written Essay competition tour in multiple U.S. Cities – Scholarship amount is $1200

  • Availability
    Annual Multi-City Tour starting in the fall

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