SWE Scholarships



SWE is pleased and proud to have awarded over 100 needs-based scholarships for the Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW) and Certified Specialist of Spirits (CSS) certification programs during 2020.  

We continue to be inspired by our scholarship recipients who have, despite many obstacles, pursued advanced education and expertise. As such, SWE has committed to award over 200 scholarships during 2021. 

Our intention is to make these awards available to those who feel they have been marginalized or thwarted in their pursuit of a “place at the table” in the wine and spirits industry. This may include BIPOC, women, LGBQTA, non-binary people, people with limited financial means, and/or people with disabilities. We will begin accepting scholarship applications for our 2021 wine and spirits programs on December 15. Information on how to apply will be available on that date.   

Scholarship recipients will receive a one-year membership to the Society of Wine Educators, an attendance credit for the Certified Specialist of Wine or the Certified Specialist of Spirits exam, and the opportunity to take our instructor-led online prep class—all at no charge.