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)


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2023 Scholarship Application Period is Open

Applications are being accepted now through March 31 for 2023 scholarships.  Click here to begin your application.  ---Best wishes!


       VIDEO:  2022 Scholarship Recipients





Hannah Charnock
PhD Candidate at Brock University, Ontario
Cleveland Chapter Scholarship
in Memory of Bill Davey


Amanda Fleming
Masters Candidate at University of Arkansas
AWSEF/Banfi Wine Auction Scholarship


Bernadette Gagnier
PhD Candidate at Washington State University
Carroll County Chapter, G. Hamilton Mowbray Memorial Scholarship
in Memory of Max and Ann White

Alex Gunn
Masters Candidate at Brock University, Ontario
North Alabama Chapter Scholarship

Jared Hrycan
PhD Candidate at University of British Columbia, Okanagan
Central Pennsylvania Region Scholarship
in Memory of Tom and Jo Chesworth

April Mahovlic
Masters Candidate at The University of British Columbia, Okanagan
AWSEF Scholarship

Meredith Persico
PhD Candidate at Pennsylvania State University
Buck County, PA Chapter Scholarship
in Memory of Kirby Antrobus 


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