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As the AWS begins its 51st year, the AWS Educational Foundation (AWSEF) begins its 25th year.  To celebrate 25 years of providing scholarships to worthy students, the AWSEF has kicked off a 25th Anniversary Endowment Fund campaign that will run to the end of the year.  Our goal is to raise $25,000 to honor our 25th anniversary. 

And we have an incredible offer:  an anonymous donor has pledged to match this for a total of $50,000 for the endowment fund!

Since its inception, the AWSEF has awarded 132 scholarships worth a total of $384,500 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 goal of raising $25,000 for our endowment fund will thrust the AWSEF into its next 25 years.  The AWS currently has 8,000 members and if just half our members each donate $25, we would far exceed our goal.  Please dig deep and help us 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.   Encourage your fellow Chapter members to do likewise, too!

  • Does your Chapter want to do a fundraiser for the AWSEF Endowment Fund Campaign? Here are some ideas to get you started.
  • Want to make your donation via a credit card?  Contact our Treasurer, Walt Rachele.
  • How close are we to our goal?  Check back often to watch the red rise on our goal thermometer on this page.

REMINDER:  The AWSEF has secured an anonymous donor to match dollar for dollar

up to $25,000, giving us a potential to raise $50,000!

****Click on the PAST WINNERS tab for updates on former scholarship winners!!****

Announcing 2018 Scholarship Recipients

Earlier this year, 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.)

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.

The 2019 scholarship application period will open on 1 January 2019.


Purpose and Scholarship Services of AWSEF


The American Wine Society Educational Foundation (AWSEF) is designed to aid men and women entering the wine industry 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 and health aspects of food and wine.

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 (U.S., Canada, Mexico, Bahamas, and West Indies Islands) and enrolled in a college or university 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 the American Wine Society (AWS). AWSEF is related to but operates separately from the AWS. For complete information on the AWS, please visit their web site at: