Sommelier Scholarship Recipients 2019
The BC Hospitality Foundation (BCHF) was delighted to award 10 Sommelier Scholarships at the 2019 Vancouver International Wine Festival Awards Lunch on March 1st. This year’s scholarships were sponsored by Authentic Wine & Spirits Merchants, Da Silva Vineyards and Winery, Hester Creek Estate Winery, Okanagan Crush Pad, and Sunrock Vineyards.
The BCHF is perhaps best known for providing support for hospitality workers in financial crisis due to an extraordinary health issue, but the charity also administers a scholarship program. The Sommelier Scholarships are awarded to individuals already working in BC’s hospitality industry who are furthering their wine knowledge through a course of study at an eligible institution. In 2019 the BCHF received the 28 applications for the scholarships, which was the largest number ever, and the organization thanks the 18 judges who undertook the difficult task of selecting a limited number of candidates from a very strong field. Each of the following scholarship recipients was presented with a $1,000 cheque at the Awards Lunch.
Ann Brydle – Cascadia Liquor
Suzanne Cody – Vij’s Rangoli
Jennifer Ellan – Fiore Famiglia
Shawn Jones – Nomad Restaurant
Erin Korpisto – Okanagan College
Matthew Landry – Stable House Bistro
Michael Littleford – Nightingale/Cin Cin
Melissa Lu – blue water cafe & RawBar
Meghan McDowell – Bistro Wagon Rouge
Aron Veen – Tap Restaurant
Congratulations again to all the scholarship recipients, and thanks to the sponsors for helping cultivate the next generation of workers in our industry!
Information about other scholarships offered by the BCHF may be found HERE.