What you need to know:
Applications for the 2016 BC Hospitality Foundation Sommelier Scholarships, sponsored by Okanagan Crush Pad (OCP) and Authentic Wine and Spirits Merchants are open now, until January 20, 2016.
These scholarships are a mentorship program designed to further individual study in wine education. Up to four $1000.00 scholarships are awarded every year. Additionally, OCP annually selects an member of the wine industry to participate in their Okanagan Wine Campus program. As part of the program, the person selected is invited to produce, from start to finish, 100 cases of wine at their facility in Summerland. The proceeds from the sales of this wine are donated to the BCHF Scholarship Fund.
The winners will be announced at the 2016 Vancouver International Wine Festival.
For a list of previous winners, click HERE.
To apply, you will need:
- A 500 word essay on why you need and deserve a $1000 scholarship from the BC Hospitality Foundation
- Academic transcripts – WSET or ISG
- Two (2) reference letters from non-family members
- Cover letter
Students applying must work in the hospitality and wine industry and must have been awarded (minimum) ISG Level 2 or WSET Level 3 through an accredited program. Scholarship applications are sent to a 15-member industry committee for review. Scholarships are open to anyone working in the hospitality or wine industry in British Columbia. Our committee chooses up to four scholarship winners. Winners will be notified in writing, in advance of the presentation.