The non-profit arm of the Women of the Vine & Spirits, the global membership organization dedicated to pushing the wine, beer and spirits industry toward a more diverse, equitable and inclusive era, awarded scholarships to 74 deserving candidates this week, totaling $174,700 in total funds given in 2022, bringing the total amount of scholarships awarded since its inception in 2017 to $595,700.
“Once again, the Women of the Vine & Spirits Foundation received a plethora of outstanding applications from individuals worldwide,” said Deborah Brenner, President of Women of the Vine & Spirits Foundation. “I am so honored to celebrate this year’s recipients for their incredible achievements, and I am so grateful to our Donors, Committee Members, and our Board. Together, we are crafting a better world for women in wine, beer and spirits.”
The Foundation received 304 applications from candidates in 30 Countries, including Argentina, Australia, the Bahamas, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Croatia, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, India, Ireland, Italy, Kenya, Lebanon, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Paraguay, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Thailand, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
For the fourth year in a row, E. & J. Gallo Winery donated $100,000 as a Patron Donor to its namesake “Women Behind the Wine” Educational Fund, and the Foundation received generous donations from 14 additional companies in 2022. It is through the ongoing generosity of WOTVS Donors that the Foundation has been able to continue to increase the number of annual scholarships awarded, promoting greater access to continued education and professional development.
For a list of all 2022 donors, visit wotvsfoundation.org/our-donors.