In partnership with Oregon State University’s Professional and Continuing Education, Pink Boots Society is pleased to announce our first 2020 scholarship opportunity:

Oregon State University’s 

Beer Quality and Analysis Series

Course Format: Online AND five days on-site in Corvallis, OR, USA

Course Dates: Online: May 18 – June 21, 2020. On-site: June 22 – 26, 2020 in Corvallis, OR.

Scholarship Application Window: January 5 – 31, 2020. Closes at 11:45 pm PST.

Information: Beer Quality and Analysis Series 

Course Location: Your computer AND Corvallis, OR USA

Apply Here: Application Form

Course Value: $2560

The Oregon State University Professional and Continuing Education Beer Quality and Analysis series in a hybrid course of six-week online tutorials concluding with one week on-site at Oregon State University in Corvallis, OR. This scholarship is designed for brewery owners and managers, Quality Control/Quality Assurance personnel, and anyone that requires technical training to complete their tasks in the brewhouse, cellar or packaging hall. Please see below for Required Applicant Qualifications.

Oregon State University’s Beer Quality and Analysis Series combines online and hands-on courses to teach attendees the fundamentals of basic beer analysis and microbiological techniques and their roles in the brewing process based on the official ASBC Methods of Analysis used in QA/QC labs worldwide. This course will provide attendees the knowledge and tools to analyze and evaluate beer to influence quality control in a production brewing setting. Topics include isolating, enumerating, staining, and screening brewing yeast and contaminants, how to use modern equipment to analyze wort/beer and packaged products, and ways to implement and analyze statistical data to evaluate beer and process quality. Attendees will also learn about Oregon’s rich beer culture from discussions with hop and barley breeders from Oregon State and an industry tour of a Willamette Valley hop farm. Please visit OSU Beer Quality and Analysis for additional information. This course, as with all USA courses, will be offered in English only. See Terms and Conditions below for English proficiency requirements. 

A $1,000 USD stipend will be provided by Pink Boots Society to help offset travel and lodging. This will be awarded to the recipient upon successful completion of the course and PIF.  

Required Applicant Qualifications: Any woman, anywhere in the world, who is actively employed in the beer industry and is interested in expanding her laboratory and analysis skills is encouraged to apply.

Any woman who earns income from the beer industry is eligible to apply for any Pink Boots Society scholarship and is automatically qualified for Pink Boots Society membership. Click here to join or to connect with us. 

Terms and Conditions:  Due to the nature of this course, the selection committee requires that the applicant must be 21 years of age or older. It is also encouraged to submit a letter of recommendation.

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, our highly anticipated Great American Beer Festival (GABF) PBS meeting & Education Seminar in Denver each autumn.

All courses require successful completion of the course. Recipients will be billed 50% (up to $500) of the course value if they do not successfully complete the course. As a condition of accepting the scholarship, the recipient (or recipient’s employer) will be liable for these charges if the course is not completed with passing marks in the amount of $500 USD to Pink Boots Society (or equivalent to PBS international chapters). The $1,000 USD stipend will also be held until successful completion of the course and PIF is verified.

Once the PIF is completed no later than 6 months after course completion and verified, the Pink Boots Society will provide travel reimbursement up to $1,000 USD to the scholarship recipient (or recipient’s employer) in her native currency. Please Note: If the recipient fails to successfully complete the course and PIF, the travel stipend will be forfeited and not reimbursed. 

This course is offered in English only. If you are not completely fluent in English, please 1) make sure your application is in English and has been looked over by an English speaking proofreader (Google Translate is not an adequate solution) and 2) please include a note in your application letting us know how you plan to overcome the language barrier. We want to make sure applicants are optimizing their chances of being considered and also that the winner will be able to fully participate in the program. 


Best wishes to all applicants!


Please note that Scholarship Recipients are announced approximately 6 weeks after the scholarship application window closes. In this case, the recipient will be announced approximately March 15, 2020.