Vinequity is  excited to open our second round of scholarship application. In our first round we awarded $21,150 to ten Canadian BIPOC wine professionals We believe access to high quality wine education and the support to excel in such programs are vitally important to diversifying the ranks of the wine industry, especially in leadership roles.

We provide scholarships ranging from $250-$5000 to a range of top tier wine education programs such as the Court of Master Sommeliers, and the Wine & Spirit Education Trust. Scholarship applicants are invited to select the monetary amount and educational resources that will best aid them in their career trajectory.

Scholarship Award Timeline

Applications Open: January 4th 

Applications Close: February 7th 

Scholarships Awarded:March 11th


To apply applicants must meet the Scholarship Eligibility Requirements: 

  • At least 19 years of age

  • Identify as Black, Indigenous or Person of Color

  • Applicant must specify a specific course, education provider and enrollment date to which they are requesting funding

  • Completed and signed scholarship application that meets the criteria and includes all required attachments, which must be postmarked or electronically submitted no later than 11:59 PM on the application deadline date (February 7, 2022) to be considered for the scholarship.

More on the Selection Process and Framework can be found here


Educational Programs

Please see below for a detailed, but not exhaustive, list of educational programs that Vinequity scholarships may be used towards:

  • WSET

  • French Wine Scholar

  • CMS

  • CAPS

  • Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute – Brock University

  • Wine Education Programs at Canadian Colleges incl, Brock University, Niagara College, Algonquin College, Nova Scotia Community College, University of British Columbia, Okanagan College, Vancouver Island University.

Contact us if you would like support in identifying a high quality wine education provider in your area.


We believe that education empowers professionals to higher levels of success and visibility within the wine industry.

The Vinequity Scholarship Fund is uniquely positioned to offer access to the full breadth of internationally recognized wine education programs, and centers BIPOC voices throughout the application and scholarship awards process.

Your contributions make a direct positive impact in diversifying our Canadian wine community.