CMS-Americas offering scholarships to diverse applicants

Introductory Sommelier Course applications open this week.

The Court of Master Sommeliers offers scholarships
The Court of Master Sommeliers offers scholarships

To provide more accessibility to wine education and to promote inclusivity in the wine industry, the Court of Master Sommeliers-Americas (CMS-A) Diversity Committee is awarding 100 scholarships for its online Introductory Sommelier Course and Exam. The scholarships are being offered both to bolster the industry that has been so deeply affected by the pandemic and to serve groups of people who continue to be under-represented in the wine industry. 

According to the CMS-A website, those invited to apply include people of color, individuals identifying as women, LGBTQ+ and those in financial need. Applicants must be either a student or a restaurant, hospitality, or beverage education professional and must also be at least 21 years of age and reside in the US. Applications will open 15 May and close 31 May. 

The course is taught exclusively by Master Sommeliers and it introduces students to the Court of Master Sommeliers organization, its tasting method and its service standards. Students enrolled in the online course will learn at their own pace with on-demand lectures and tastings and will have 180 days to complete the course and take the examination. 

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