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JUST ANNOUNCED!!!

Steeple Jack Brewing Co.
Spring/Summer 2023 Brewery & Production Internship - Portland, OR

Format: Eight (8) weeks onsite in Portland, OR

Dates: Spring/Summer 2024 (exact dates to be worked out between recipient & Steeple Jack)

Scholarship Application Window: May 21 - June 3, 2024

Location: Portland, OR

Value: $7,000 USD

Seats available: 1

Steeple Jack Brewing in Portland, Oregon is excited to invite one (1) Pink Boots Society member to complete an internship at their brewery and their new production facility in Portland, Oregon. For eight (8) weeks, the recipient will be engulfed in all brewery processes and gain invaluable experience and knowledge about the business. The recipient will receive a $7,000 stipend (given in two parts, at $3,500 each) while fulfilling/working the internship.

All scholarships require successful completion of the course or program. If the recipient does not fulfill the internship, the recipient will be billed for 50% of the $7,000 stipend* and the second half of the stipend will be held back. As a condition of accepting the internship, the recipient will be liable for these charges if the internship is not completed. If applicable, any stipend unpaid at time of leaving the internship will also be held by Pink Boots Society and not paid out to the recipient.

*Terms and conditions apply. Please see below.

Apply Here!



Yakima Chief Hops: Hop & Brew School Experiential Trip 

Event Format: Onsite in Yakima, WA

Event Dates: August 27 - 30, 2024

Scholarship Application Window: April 5 - May 31, 2024

Event Information:  Hop & Brew School

Event Location: Yakima, WA

Scholarship Value: $2,000 USD/per seat

Seats available: 4

Hop & Brew School® is an annual event offering brewers the opportunity to personally experience the thrill of the American hop harvest in the Pacific Northwest and see exactly where great beer begins. hosted in the Yakima Valley, attendees get a chance to tour the farms and facilities where the hops are grown, picked, and kiln dried before being shipped to Yakima Chief Hops (YCH). From there, they visit YCH production and shipping facilities where hops are pressed into pellets, and transformed into other innovative products, creating a full farm to kettle experience. This event is the truest expression of our mission to connect brewers with the family farms that supply their hops!

In addition to farm and facility tours, attendees participate in educational seminars led by industry experts, multi-generational hop growers, and our technical solutions specialists. Topics include product usage, recipe formulation, experimental varieties, brewing practices, and more. Whether it is your first or fourth time at Hop & Brew School, this event always provides attendees with new information and inspiration to take back to the brewery. 

*Terms and conditions apply. Please see below.


Trip's Beer Trips:  Bavarian Hop Harvest Experiential Trip 

Event Format: Onsite in Germany

Event Dates: September 3-11, 2024

Scholarship Application Window: April 5 - May 31, 2024

Event Information:  Bavarian Hop Harvest Tour

Event Location: Bavaria, Germany

Scholarship Value: $4,395 USD/per seat

Seats available: 4

Trip features:

  • VIP Tours of the 3 German Bavarian Hop Regions
    • Hallertau
    • Spalt
    • Tettnang
  • VIP Tours Munich and Bavarian Breweries
  • Experience all things Bavarian Hops Harvest
    • Bavarian Hop Museums
    • Hop farms, Hop’s processing plants, Hop Grading facilities, Bavarian Hop HVG facilities
  • Bavarian Hop Research Center: Hüll
  • Include just about everything in Germany: Lodging, Ground transportation, common food and drinks, and any other entrance or other group expenses
    • Does NOT include airfare and personal purchases
    • Double room occupancy

NOTE: Please be sure you have a valid passport that does NOT expire before June 1, 2025.

*Terms and conditions apply. Please see below.



Current Scholarships – 2024 Q2

Napa Valley Wine Academy

Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) Level 1 - Wines

Course Format: 4-week online course with approximately 6 hours of studying 

Course Dates: Depends on course

Course Information: WSET Level 1 Wine

Course Location: Your Computer (anywhere in the world)

Scholarship Value: $275 USD

Seats available: 2

WSET Level 1 course gives you the basic skills to talk and taste like a professional.

This course is designed to be hands-on and fun. You will explore different styles of wines through sight, smell, and taste and learn the key principles involved in the storage and service of wine. 

By the end of the WSET Level 1, you will:

  • Gain the basic skills to describe wines accurately 
  • Have a systematic approach to tasting and identifying wine types
  • Know the fundamental principles of food and wine pairing

For more information and full details on the course requirements, please download the Specification.

*Terms and conditions apply. Please see below.

Napa Valley Wine Academy

Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) Level 2 - Wines

Course Format: 5-week online course with approximately 28-35 hours of studying

Course Dates: Depends on course

Course Information: WSET Level 2 Wine

Course Location: Your Computer (anywhere in the world)

Scholarship Value: $724 USD

Seats available: 2

If you’re ready to go beyond the basics, WSET Level 2 Award in Wine offers a deeper look at the world’s wine styles and regions. You’ll elevate your tasting skills with our 12-bottle (100 ml) wine tasting kit*, curated by our experts for this level. 

This course is designed to be hands-on and fun. By the end of the WSET Level 2 Award in Wine, you’ll be able to:

  • Identify the principal grape varieties grown around the world and the different styles produced from them, including sparkling and fortified wine
  • Decode label information to understand a wine’s quality and style
  • Calibrate your tasting skills to our NVWA instructors using the WSET’s Level 2 Systematic Approach to Wine Tasting (SAT)

For more information and full details on the course requirements, please download the Specification.

We are able to have wine kits shipped to the following states ONLY: AL, AZ, CA, CO, FL, GA, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, MD, ME, MA, MN, MO, MT, NE, NH, NV, NM, NY, NC, ND, OH, OK, OR, PA, SC, TN, TX, VA, WA, WI, WY, and Wash DC. NO SHIP LOCATIONS: International, AK, AR, CT, DE, HI, MI, MS, NJ, RI, SD, UT, VT, and WV.

*Terms and conditions apply. Please see below.

Napa Valley Wine Academy

Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) Level 3 - Wines

Course Format: 10 weeks with approximately 84+ hours of studying 

Course Dates: Depends on course

Course Information: WSET Level 3 Wine

Course Location: Your Computer (anywhere in the world)

Scholarship Value: $1,245 USD

Seats available: 1

Earning this advanced certification isn’t easy, but we arm you for success. We teach our students the WSET way of thinking. You’ll not only know the material, but you’ll also understand what they are looking for so you can feel confident on test day. We also include a  24 bottle (100 ml) wine tasting kit*, curated by our experts for this level, for calibration with your instructor and homework exercises; each wine chosen from the WSET’s full list of recommended wines to taste for Level 3 success.

This course will help you develop an extensive understanding of wines and confidently explain wine style. You’ll learn all major grape varieties and wine styles produced around the world, and understand what influences their style and quality.

By the end of WSET Level 3 Award in Wine, you’ll be able to:

  • Understand the key factors in wine production, including location, grape growing, winemaking, maturation, and bottling
  • Identify key characteristics of still, sparkling, and fortified wines of the world
  • Evaluate wines with blind tasting using WSET Level 3 Systematic Approach to Tasting®  (SAT)

For more information and full details on the course requirements, please download the Specification.

We are able to have wine kits shipped to the following states ONLY: AL, AZ, CA, CO, FL, GA, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, MD, ME, MA, MN, MO, MT, NE, NH, NV, NM, NY, NC, ND, OH, OK, OR, PA, SC, TN, TX, VA, WA, WI, WY, and Wash DC. NO SHIP LOCATIONS: International, AK, AR, CT, DE, HI, MI, MS, NJ, RI, SD, UT, VT, and WV.

*Terms and conditions apply. Please see below.

Napa Valley Wine Academy

Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) Level 1 - Sake

Course Format: 4-week online course with approximately 28 hours of studying 

Course Dates: Depends on course

Course Information: WSET Level 2 Sake

Course Location: Your Computer (anywhere in the world)

Scholarship Value: $357.00 USD

Seats available: 1

This is a four-week course with a fixed start date and includes 12 months of access to the online learning material.

A beginner-level introduction to sake for those starting a career in the industry or pursuing an interest in sake.

This qualification offers a hands-on introduction to the world of sake for individuals new to the subject. You’ll explore the main styles and types of sake through sight, smell, and taste to develop an understanding of the key factors affecting flavors and aromas. Upon successful completion, you will receive a WSET certificate and lapel pin.

To obtain the WSET Level 1 Award Certificate in Sake, you will need to successfully pass an online OR in-person exam that is made up of 30 multiple-choice questions.

For more information and complete details on the course requirements, please download the Specification.

You have 12 months from the start of your course to schedule your proctored EXAM. Exam orders are placed 21 days before the exam date, and you cannot change the date once that order has been placed with the WSET. Results take 4-5 weeks to be released by WSET.

*Terms and conditions apply. Please see below.

Napa Valley Wine Academy

Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) Level 1 - Spirits

Course Format: 4-week online course with approximately 28 hours of studying 

Course Dates: Depends on course

Course Information: WSET Level 1 Spirits

Course Location: Your Computer (anywhere in the world)

Scholarship Value: $357 USD

Seats available: 1

This is a four-week course with a fixed start date; 3 virtual instructor-led-webinars covering tastings and theory and includes 12 months of access to the online learning material. Dedicated instructor is available to answer questions throughout the 4 week course period.

A beginner-level introduction to spirits for those starting a career in the industry or pursuing an interest in spirits.For individuals new to the subject, this qualification offers a hands-on introduction to the world of spirits. You’ll explore the main styles and types of spirits through sight, smell, and taste to develop an understanding of the key factors affecting flavors and aromas. Upon successful completion, you will receive a WSET certificate and lapel pin.

By the end of WSET Level 1 spirits course, you will:

  • Gain the basic skills to describe spirits accurately
  • Have a systematic approach to spirit tasting
  • Know the fundamental principles of spirit production

For more information and complete details on the course requirements, please download the Specification.

*Terms and conditions apply. Please see below.

Napa Valley Wine Academy

Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) Level 1 - Beer

Course Format: 4-week online course with approximately 6 hours of studying 

Course Dates: Depends on course

Course Information: WSET Level 1 Beer

Course Location: Your Computer (anywhere in the world)

Scholarship Value: $325 USD

Seats available: 2

Are you new to beer study? Our WSET Level 1 Award in Beer course will help you begin talking about and tasting beer like a professional. 

For individuals new to the subject, this qualification offers a hands-on introduction to the world of beer. You’ll explore the main styles of beer through sight, smell, and taste to develop an understanding of the key factors affecting flavors and aromas. You will receive a WSET Level 1 Beer certification and lapel pin upon successful completion. 

By the end of the WSET Level 1 beer course, you will: 

  • Gain the basic skills to describe beer accurately
  • Have a systematic approach to beer-tasting
  • Know the fundamental principles of beer production and ingredients 

Learn about beer through a 4-week online study program flexible enough to work around your existing commitments. The Level 1 Award in Beer Online covers the same syllabus as the classroom course in a supported and interactive Online Classroom, which allows you to study alongside your peers under the guidance of a dedicated NVWA educator. In addition to the access to the WSET’s online Spirits Course, the NVWA student also receives: 

  • 3 Virtual Webinars covering tasting + theory (taped if you can not attend)
  • Dedicated instructor throughout the four-week course to answer questions and engage with students as they perform homework through the WSET’s online portal.
  • Access to instructor and group discussions through the NVWA’s separate Online Wine Academy, where students can access NVWA’s webinar links + taped Webinar sessions. 

For more information and complete details on the course requirements, please download the Specification

*Terms and conditions apply. Please see below.

Napa Valley Wine Academy

Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) Level 2 - Beer

Course Format: 4-week online course with approximately 6 hours of studying 

Course Dates: Depends on course

Course Information: WSET Level 2 Beer

Course Location: Your Computer (anywhere in the world)

Scholarship Value: $325 USD

Seats available: 1

If you’re ready to go beyond the basics, the WSET Level 2 Award in Beer offers a deeper look at the beer ingredients, production, and the world’s famous beer styles. You’ll also elevate your tasting skills with guided tastings of key beer styles. 

In addition to the access to the WSET’s online Spirits Course, the NVWA student also receives:

  • 4 Virtual Webinars covering tasting + theory (taped if can not attend)
  • Dedicated instructor throughout the five-week course to answer questions and engage with students as they perform homework through the WSET’s online portal.
  • Access to instructor and group discussions through the NVWA’s separate Online Wine Academy, where students can access NVWA’s webinar links + taped Webinar sessions.

This course is designed to be hands-on and fun. By the end of the WSET Level 2, you’ll be able to:

  • Know the main ingredients used in beer production, how they are processed, and their influence on the beer style produced.
  • Understand how beer production influences the style and quality of beer.
  • Understand how key beer styles are produced and labeled and their typical characteristics.
  • Understand the fundamental principles and processes involved in the storage and service of beer.

For more information and complete details on the course requirements, please download the Specification.

*Terms and conditions apply. Please see below.



Pink Boots Yakima Chapter sponsored Yakima Hop Industry Scholarship

Event Format: Custom, in-person tour of the Yakima Hop Industry

Event Dates: Tuesday, September 3, 2024 – Sunday, September 8, 2024

Event Information: Sample Itinerary (details forthcoming)

  • Day 1: Shuttle to Yakima, Hop Breeding 101, PBS Yakima Hoppy Hour/Dinner
  • Day 2: Morning workout social (optional), Hop Cultivation, Lunch, Farm Tour + barbeque
  • Day 3: Hop Processing, Research Lunch, Brewing & Sensory, Dinner
  • Day 4: Pink Boots Collab brew day with local hops, hike (optional), Yakima Chapter Celebration Dinner
  • Day 5: Travel Day

Event Location: Yakima, WA

Scholarship Value: $3,500 ($1,500 airfare stipend, hotel + meals covered) 

Seats available: 4

Join the Yakima Chapter to experience the excitement of 2024 hop harvest firsthand! Scholarship recipients will spend four days immersed in the hop industry, learning about hop breeding, hop farming and processing, brewing, and sensory analysis. All PBS members are invited to apply and expand their awareness and understanding of what’s behind beer’s tastiest ingredient.

*Terms and conditions apply. Please see below.


Cicerone BeerSavvy® Program

Course Format: Online

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

Course Information:  Cicerone Beer Savvy

Course Location: Your Computer (Anywhere in the world)

Scholarship Value: $199 USD

Seats available: 2

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 below.

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.

*Terms and conditions apply. Please see below.


Road to Cicerone® Courses Educational Series 
(Online Course Suite)

Course Format: Online

Course Dates: Any time

Course Information: Road to Cicerone

Course Location: Your Computer (Anywhere in the world)

Scholarship Value: $295 USD

Seats available: 2

Each online course is mobile-friendly and covers its topic with instructional text, learning activities, references to outside readings, and discussion questions. To complete each book, you can expect to spend about 6-12 hours on reading, study, and activities.

After completing an online course, you should be prepared to pass the included practice exam for that course. Passing the exam earns you an online badge and helps you assess your readiness for the Certified Cicerone® exam.

*Terms and conditions apply. Please see below.


Crafting A Strategy One Year Membership 

Course Format: Online

Course Dates:  1-year from registration

Course Information: Crafting A Strategy

Course Location: Your Computer (anywhere in the world)

Scholarship Value: $99 USD

Seats available: 5

Crafting A Strategy (CAS) is a global online learning platform that will be available to the scholarship recipients from one year starting from award date. Used in universities and breweries all over the world, CAS has over 150 digital content pieces specific to the business needs of brewing entrepreneurs. These include podcasts, webinars, case studies, white papers, instructional videos, blogs, and a professional forum. Scholarship recipients will receive access to all CAS content and forums for one calendar year and they will also receive a weekly CAS newsletter with industry analysis, advice, and links to new content and forums. This scholarship is designed for those owning or planning a brewery, company presidents, CEOs, COOs, CFOs, marketing professionals, head brewers, and sales strategists. Please see below for Required Applicant Qualifications.

*Terms and conditions apply. Please see below.


White Labs 
Reusing Yeast (On-Demand Course)

Course Format: Online

Course Dates: On-demand (online)

Course Information: White Labs’ Reusing Yeast (On-Demand Course)

Course Location: Your Computer (Anywhere in the world)

Scholarship Value: $79 USD

Seats Available: 1

White Labs’ Reusing Yeast (On-Demand Course) is a 60-75 minutes on-demand course accessible at your convenience online. This scholarship is primarily designed for brewery cellar employees but also provides content that everyone working in a brewery setting should understand. Please see below for Required Applicant Qualifications.

Consistent fermentations and high-quality beer begin with healthy yeast and consistent pitch-rates. Join Joe Kurowski, White Labs head of brewing operations, in this course, which offers an in-depth look at how to best harvest and store yeast for optimal performance. Explore various fermentation-related topics such as pitch rates, best practices when looking at yeast health and ideal conditions for yeast storage. Five course modules will cover the following areas:

     • Yeast Selection & Overview

     • Yeast Harvesting

     • Yeast Storage

     • Yeast Health

     • Pitching Yeast

*Terms and conditions apply. Please see below. 

White Labs 
Sour Beer: Alternative Microbes and Fermentation Techniques (On-Demand Course)

Course Format: Online

Course Dates: On-demand (online)

Course Information: White Labs’ Sour Beer: Alternative Microbes and Fermentation Techniques (On-Demand Course)

Course Location: Your Computer (Anywhere in the world)

Scholarship Value: $149 USD

Seats Available: 1

White Labs’ Sour Beer: Alternative Microbes and Fermentation Techniques (On-Demand Course) is a 90-120 minute on-demand course accessible at your convenience online. This scholarship is primarily designed for brewers and cellarpersons but also provides content that is useful to everyone working in a brewery.

Ready to learn more about the microbes responsible for making sour and farmhouse beers? From traditional spontaneous fermentation to inoculation techniques and overviews of the major organisms used and found in sour beer we’ll review the behavior of select organisms and how to best utilize them in a sour program. Join us through our on-demand portal which covers the ins and outs of sour beer fermentation and culture management. Five course modules will cover the following areas:

     • Module 1: Introduction and Organisms

     • Module 2: Fermentation Control

     • Module 3: Fermentation Techniques

     • Breakout Module: Kettle Souring

• Module 4: Capturing Wild Cultures

     • Module 5: Fermenting Sour Beer in a “Clean” Brewery

*Terms and conditions apply. Please see below. 

White Labs 
The Many Flavors of Fermentation (On-Demand Course)

Course Format: Online

Course Dates: On-demand (online)

Course Information: White Labs The Many Flavors of Fermentation (On-Demand Course)

Course Location: Your Computer (Anywhere in the world)

Scholarship Value: $79 USD

Seats Available: 1

White Labs’ The Many Flavors of Fermentation (On-Demand Course) is a 60-75 minutes on-demand course accessible at your convenience online. This scholarship is designed for all brewery industry employees.

The ability to effectively communicate fermentation attributes is crucial in the business of brewing. Through the use of video, slides, narration, and quizzes, this online class will explore ways to describe yeast influenced flavor/aroma compounds, how yeast can manipulate other ingredients, and ways to establish brand identity through sensory. Students will develop a comprehensive vocabulary and the ability to clearly communicate fermentation profiles to staff and customers alike. Five course modules will cover the following areas:

     • Overview of fermentation

     • Yeast driven flavors, aromas, and other attributes

     • Ingredient interactions

     • Application internally

     • Application externally

*Terms and conditions apply. Please see below. 


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 program. 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.  The details for the proposed PIF project must be submitted for approval to PBS prior to the event as well as a brief summary after to be posted on the Pink Boots Society Online Community Forum. Many recipients choose to PIF at their local chapter meetings, but you may also present at our annual CBC and GABF meetings.

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 will be liable for these charges if the course is not completed with passing marks. Any stipend (if applicable) will also be reimbursed once valid receipts of travel expenses are submitted and approved. If the recipient fails to successfully complete the course, stipend (if applicable) will be forfeited and not reimbursed.

By accepting a Pink Boots scholarship, recipients will be ineligible to receive another scholarship for a period of one year from the acceptance date.

Please note that Scholarship Recipients are announced approximately eight weeks after the scholarship application window closes.