2019 Annual Silent Auction

Please consider making a donation to the AWSEF Silent Auction to be held at the AWS Annual Conference in St. Petersburg, FL this November.  We rely on proceeds from the annual Silent Auction to continue to fund scholarships.  The donation form is here, and you may ship your donation or bring it to the conference (all info is on the donation form.)  Thank you in advance!


 2018 Scholarship Recipients

In 2018, the AWSEF Board of Trustees dove into the pile of scholarship applications submitted and selected seven students who are outstanding examples of young scientists working on research to improve the North American wine industry.  Each of these students has been awarded an AWSEF scholarship in the amount of $3,500. 

  • Laura Griffin, a PhD candidate at Virginia Tech University, has been awarded the Southeastern Pennsylvania Region Scholarship In Honor of Edward & Deborah Stopper.
  • Andréanne Hébert-Haché, a PhD candidate at Brock University-Ontario, has been awarded the Banfi Scholarship.
  • Anne Kearney, a PhD candidate at Cornell University, has been awarded the Glimmerglass, NY Chapter Scholarship.
  • Jenifer Kelly, a PhD candidate student at Brock University, Ontario, has been awarded the Cleveland, OH Chapter Scholarship.
  • Silvia Liggieri, a Masters student at Virginia Tech University, has been awarded the Thomas Jefferson, KY Chapter - George S. Wessel Scholarship.
  • Sydney Morgan, a PhD candidate  at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, has been awarded the Columbus, OH Chapter Scholarship - In Appreciation of the Strength & Vitality of the Columbus Chapter.  (Sydney was awarded the South Carolina/Tuller Chapter Scholarship in 2017.)
  • Andrej Svyantek, a PhD candidate at North Dakota State University, has been awarded the N. Alabama Chapter Scholarship.  (Andrej was awarded the N. Alabama Chapter Scholarship in 2016 while working on his Masters degree at Auburn University.)
Read about our 2018 Scholarship Winners here!  We are vastly proud of our past scholarship winners.  See if you agree!


As the AWS began its 51st year, the AWS Educational Foundation (AWSEF) began its 25th year.  To celebrate 25 years of providing scholarships to worthy students, the AWSEF kicked off a 25th Anniversary Endowment Fund campaign that ran through the end of the year.  Our goal was to raise $25,000 to honor our 25th anniversary.
We were greatly assisted through an incredible offer: an anonymous donor pledged to match all our efforts, up to a total of $50,000 for the endowment fund.  Fundraising efforts by Chapters, individuals, the Silent Auction, and other activities of the organization brought in $15,000, which, when doubled, resulted in a $30,000 boost to the endowment fund!



2019 Scholarship Winners to be Announced Soon

2019 Application Period is Closed


Thank you to all who applied and to all who provided recommendations.
The AWSEF received quite a few applications for scholarships for 2019 from many well-qualified students carrying out important and interesting research to further the North American wine industry.  We are looking forward to announcing the 2019 scholarship recipients and share the topics of their research with everyone soon.

Since its inception, the AWSEF has awarded 131 scholarships worth a total of $383,000 to Masters and Ph.D. students from 20 different universities across North America.  Our mission is to support educational and research activities that will advance the viticulture and enological sciences supporting a world-class North American wine industry.  

Achieving our fundraising goals helps thrust the AWSEF into its next 25 years.  Please help us, at either the Chapter or individual level, as this scholarship money gives back to our wine industry and the future of wine in North America.  Print our donation form and mail your check today.   And, encourage your fellow Chapter members to do likewise.

For photos of these outstanding students and brief outlines of their graduate study research, please click here.  The list of universities represented and total awards is available here.    A history of all AWSEF scholarship recipients is right here. Click on the PAST WINNERS tab for updates on former scholarship winners.

The 2019 scholarship application period is open through March 31, 2019.


Purpose and Scholarship Services of AWSEF


The American Wine Society Educational Foundation (AWSEF) is designed to aid students entering wine-related industries by providing supplementary financial resources. It is the AWSEF's premise that there is an acute need for the professional development of qualified scientists and educators to ensure the growth of the American wine industry. Because of this, we urgently need trained professionals to undertake studies in enology, viticulture, health aspects of food and wine, and the economics of wine, wineries and vineyards.

In accordance with the above, the AWSEF annually awards academic scholarships to support full-time graduate students pursuing degrees in enology, viticulture, or health aspects of wine. Applicants must be North American citizens or permanent residents (i.e., the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Bahamas, and West Indies Islands) and enrolled in a college or university orignal-research program leading to an MS or PhD degree.  Applications must be fully completed and submitted by March 31 of each calendar year to be eligible for a scholarship award beginning in the fall term of the following academic year.  Scholarship materials may be found on this site at the Application page.


The AWSEF's mission is to support educational and research activities that will advance the viticultural and enological sciences to support a world-class North American wine industry. Specifically, the AWSEF plans to achieve its mission by providing academic scholarships and research grants to graduate students based on academic excellence and genuine interest in pursuing careers in wine-related fields.


The AWSEF was conceived in 1993 from within the American Wine Society (AWS). AWSEF is related to, but operates separately from, the AWS. Members of the AWS are automatically also become members of the AWSEF.  For complete information on the AWS, please visit their web site at: www.AmericanWineSociety.org