2023 Silent Auction Donation Form

Click HERE for the 2023 Silent Auction Donation form; you can fill it in online and email it directly to Denise Griner, denisegrinerawsef@gmail.com

2022 Annual Fruit Wine Award

The AWSEF awards the Best Fruit Wine in the AWS amateur wine competition the "Les Sperling Fruit Wine Award" each year.  We're pleased to present the 2022 award to Luke Capotosta of Cranston, RI for his NV Strawberry/Raspberry wine.  (Jan. 2023)

Congratulations, Luke!


Welcome to the Board, Bill Stefan, AWS President

Per the by-laws of the AWSEF, our seventh Trustee is the sitting President of the American Wine Society.  From the entire Board of Trustees, WELCOME, Bill!  We look forward to your contributions to our Board!  (Jan. 2023)


Patricia Green joined the Board...

We welcome Patricia Green of the Buck's County AWS Chapter in Pennsylvania to the AWSEF Board of Trustees!  When AWSEF Board of Trustees suddenly had a vacancy earlier this year, Patricia graciously volunteered to fill the balance of the term as our Vice President, Scholarships.  We cannot be happier to have Patricia a part of our team ---thank you, Patricia!  (Feb. 2022)


Please note:  We are having issues with our email account. 

to contact us, please use this address: kgl5901@gmail.com

Call for Candidates for Trustees

Every odd-numbered year, the AWS Educational Foundation elects three of its six elected trustees from the AWS membership.  Our Board is comprised of eight trustees:  the six elected members, the current president of the AWS, and our of-counsel.  Trustee elections, with one exception, are not for specific positions on the Board.  The Board meets and agrees on how to designate duties among themselves.  The one position that is elected for a specific position is Treasurer.

This year, the AWSEF and the AWS Board are both electing members.  Both ballots will be emailed to all AWS/AWSEF members at one time.  

We're looking for candidates who have enthusiasm about our mission and a willingness to work towards that end.  We meet four times a year, three of which are via Zoom and the fourth is in person on the Sunday following the close of the Conference.  Application is as simple as two paragraphas:  one about yourself, your AWS background, and volunteer experience and the second should outline goals you'd like achieve, if elected.

Please contact me if you'd like more information. 

Kristen Lindelow, President-AWSEF 

kgl5901@gmail.com / 256-424-3667


2023 Silent Auction Donation form

We're hoping our 2023 Silent Auction will be our biggest fundraiser yet.  The Auction is our largest fundraiser every year and is important for us to be able to continue our mission.  Please think of items (including and especially, bottles of wines!) you can donate.  Donations can be mailed to the conference (address will be available by September), brought in person, or find a friend who is attending if you are not!

The 2023 Silent Auction Donation form is now fillable online.  You can find it HERE.   Once you've completed the form, please email it to Denise Griner, denisegrinerawsef@gmail.com.

Thank you for supporting us with your generous donations!

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.

Since its inception, the AWSEF has awarded 147 scholarships worth a total of $438,500 to Masters and Ph.D. students from 22 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.


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