Every March the chapters of AWS in the Western PA region host a wine conference and amateur wine competition open to the public.
Competition for the scholarships is open to all North American citizens who are full-time university graduate students who express an intent to work professionally in the fields of enology, viticulture, or health aspects of wine.
2015 winners can be seen, describing their research, in this exclusive video from AWSEF.
AWSEF 2016 Scholarship Winners Announced
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: www.AmericanWineSociety.org