AWSEF Elections:  New Term Begins January 1, 2018

If you have not yet voted in the AWSEF Elections, we encourage you to do so before September 30 when the balloting closes!  Questions about voting?  Contact Board Trustee, Danny Klein.

The AWSEF Board of Trustees consists of seven Trustees who each serve four-year terms.  Three of these positions are up for re-election this year.  We invite you to consider running for a position on our dynamic Board.  More details are here.


Silent Auction Fundraiser

Accepting Donations for Silent Auction

Each year at the AWS National Conference, the AWS Educational Foundation holds a silent auction featuring donations from members, wineries, speakers, the wine industry, and other supporters of our scholarship program.  Donations are now being accepted for the 2017 Silent Auction to be held in Mt. Pocono, Pennsylvania.  This is our number one fund raiser for the year and we greatly appreciate your participation. 

There are two ways to participate.  You can make a donation to the Silent Auction, whether you're able to attend the conference or not.  Click here for info on how to donate or contact Jim High with questions.

As a conference attendee, you can bid on items at the Silent Auction.  The Auction opens Friday morning, Nov. 3 at 8:45 and ends that evening at 6:00.  Make some bids, check your bid status during the day, and support your AWS Educational Foundation.  


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 achieve 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 born in 1994 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: