In partnership with Portland State University, the Pink Boots Society is pleased to announce its next 2019 scholarship opportunity

Portland State University’s 

Online Business of Craft Brewing Certificate

Course Format: Web-based online courses

Course Dates: January 6 to May 3, 2020*

*Dates depend on electives selected; More elective courses may are be being be offered that extend beyond May 2020.

Scholarship Application Window: September 5 – 30, 2019. Closes at 11:45 pm PDST.

 Information: PSU Business of Craft Brewing Certificate

Course Location: Your Computer (anywhere in the world)

Apply Here: PSU Business of Craft Brewing

Scholarship Value: $2796 USD

Portland State University’s online Business of Craft Brewing Certificate consists of four courses, two required and two elective, beginning January 6, 2020. This web-based scholarship is directed to women who plan to open a brewery within the next two years, are currently setting up a new brewery, or want to dive deeper into the business of brewing. Please see below for Required Applicant Qualifications to see if you qualify. 

The web-based courses will focus on the commerce skills needed to create a viable basic startup business plan in order to make your brewery business efficient and profitable. Students will be introduced to the various players and processes that go into producing and selling craft beverages, from growing grains and hops, to malting, brewing, distribution and retail environments. The courses cover different strategies and the associated costs of creating a craft beer, along with the different types of business models for selling other craft beverage products, including those for distilleries and alcoholic cider facilities. By the end of the four-course certificate, you will have an investor-ready business plan to present to potential backers, the craft beverage startup community, and other potential business partners. Please visit PSU Business of Craft Brewing Certificate for additional information.  This course, as with all USA courses, will be offered in English only. 

The schedule is as follows:

The recipient will take both of these required courses: 

BB401 Basic Business for Craft Beverages January 6 – February 9, 2020

BB402 Craft Business Beverage Management February 17 – March 22, 2020

And then two of these electives:

BB405 Craft Beverage Distribution February 17-March 22, 2020

BB407 Regulation & Compliance for Craft Beverages TBD

BB403 Strategic Craft Beverage Marketing May 11-June 14, 2020

BB406 Pub and Tasting Room Management March 30-May 3, 2020

Please note: These elective courses and dates may change so keep in contact with PSU regarding your certificate. You must be available to complete the entire series to receive the certificate.

Required Applicant Qualifications: Any woman, anywhere in the world, who is actively employed in the beer industry and earns more than 25% of her income from the brewing industry, is qualified for Pink Boots Society membership and to apply for any scholarship.  Click here to join or to connect with us. 

Any woman who desires to expand her business knowledge of craft brewing, is planning to open a brewery within the next two years, or has secured a brewery location and/or equipment, and has a planned brewery opening day prior to January 1, 2022, is encouraged to apply. Women currently engaged in setting up their brewery or writing their brewery business plan will be given precedence in the selection process for this scholarship. Membership registration requirements are waived for women who do not currently earn an income from the brewing industry, but who qualify to apply for this scholarship as outlined above. Please contact us at for more information.

Due to the nature of these courses, the selection committee requires at least one (1) letter of recommendation to be submitted along with the application.

Terms & Conditions: All PBS scholarships have a “Pay It Forward” (PIF) requirement, where our scholarship recipients are required to pass on the specific knowledge they gained in their scholarship course to other PBS members and to the industry in general within 6 months of completing the course. This is accomplished through many means like publishing an article, publishing a blog on a reputable website, or giving a presentation at a local, regional or national professional seminar or conference.  Evidence of PIF must be sent to PBS for validation and if applicable, for posting on the PBS website. Many recipients choose to PIF at their local chapter meetings, but you can also present at our annual CBC and GABF meetings. 

All courses require a 50% of the certificate value (up to $500) as a deposit to ensure course participation, completion and 100% passing rates for scholarship recipients. As a condition of accepting the scholarship, the recipient (or recipient’s employer) will pay a deposit in the amount of $500 USD to Pink Boots Society.

Please Note: If the recipient fails to successfully complete the course, the deposit and stipend (if applicable) will be forfeited and not reimbursed. Once the PIF is verified, the recipient will receive a pair of pink steel-toed boots.

Best wishes to all applicants!

Please note that Scholarship Recipients are announced approximately six weeks after the scholarship application window closes. In this case, the recipient will be announced approximately November 15, 2019.

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