In partnership with the Cicerone Program, Pink Boots Society is pleased to announce its final 2017 scholarship opportunity:

Cicerone BeerSavvy® Program

Course Format: Web-based Online Course

Course Dates: Any time, 5 – 8 hours to complete

Scholarship Application Window: December 5-31, 2017. Closes at 11:45 pm PST.

Course Information: https://www.cicerone.org/us-en/products/beersavvy  

Course Location: Your Computer (the world)

Apply Below

Course Value: $200 USD

Cicerone Beer Savvy is a comprehensive self-paced online beer training course that can be started whenever and wherever. This scholarship is perfect for any brewery owner, beer bar manager, bartender, server, beer writer, beer educator, beer distributor, brewery sales representative or beer chef. Please see Required Applicant Qualifications to see if you qualify.

This course will enhance your knowledge of brewing techniques, beer styles, understanding flavors and off-flavors, food pairings and the language to clearly discuss beer. It is self-paced and should take 5 – 8 hours to complete with a final exam. This course includes the Level 1 Certified Beer Server exam and start you on your journey to Master Cicerone.  Because this is an online course, it is easily available to PBS members in any nation and we encourage our International members to apply. There are two options for final exams: US-based exam and an International CBS exam for those members outside of the USA. Please visit Cicerone Beer Savvy for additional information. This course, as with all USA courses, will only be offered in English at this time.

Required Applicant Qualifications: Any woman, anywhere in the world, who actively employed in 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. Any member that is interested in expanding their knowledge of beer styles, beer service, and the language used to discuss beer is encouraged to apply.

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

All courses require a deposit of 50% of the course value 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 $100 USD to Pink Boots Society (or equivalent to PBS international chapters).

Once the course is completed and verified, the Pink Boots Society will provide the full deposit reimbursement to the scholarship recipient (or recipient’s employer) in her native currency. Please Note: If the recipient fails to successfully complete the course, the deposit will be forfeited and not reimbursed. Once the PIF is verified, the recipient will receive a pair of pink steel-toed boots.

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 February 15, 2018.

Dec 2017 – Beer Savvy Cicerone

  • Your Information








  • Please include international dialing codes. ex. +1-999-999-9999 if from the United States.


















  • Your Secondary School Education

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  • Your Résumé

    Please complete the following sections with your present and previous employment.
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  • Please include international dialing codes. ex. +1-999-999-9999 if from the United States.
  • This will be utilized for all International Chapters in place of a phone call.
  • Your Previous Employment

    Please complete the following for up to three of your most relevant and sequential previous position(s).
  • Your Essay

  • Please describe why you want to take this course. How will it help you? How will it advance your career? How will your taking this course help other members of the Pink Boots Society? What career goals do you have that this course will help you achieve? Please include any positive information that you think will help the PBS Scholarship Selection Committee evaluate your application. Please highlight any volunteer work you have done for the Pink Boots Society. Word limit <700 words.
  • We want to ensure applicants are optimizing their chances of being considered and also that the recipient will be able to fully participate in the program.
  • Terms and Conditions

    If you fail to successfully complete the course, the deposit will be forfeited and not reimbursed.
    If you choose to do a presentation, we request the document and in some cases audio for our website library. Such recognized websites are Brewpublic, Full Pint, Beer pulse, Brewbound etc. Please confirm your choice with the Scholarship Administrator before pursing online publications. For further information or other PIF ideas, please contact scholarships@pinkbootssociety.org.
  • By signing below, I understand that if I do not successfully complete the course, I will not receive reimbursement for my deposit and/or stipend (where applicable). I understand that I must complete my Pay It Forward no later than 6 (six) months after the completion of my scholarship.

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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 January 15, 2018.

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