BCHF presents 4 sommelier scholarships

VANCOUVER — The BC Hospitality Foundation presented its 2015 Sommelier Scholarships to four winners during a tasting salon hosted by the Import Vintners & Spirits Association Nov. 3 at the Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver.

(L-R): Melany Winslow-Hansen (sponsor: Authentic Wine & Spirits Merchants); scholarship winners Jesse Walters, Joanne DiGeso, Dustin Wellwood and Anna Ion; Alison Scholefield (sponsor: Okanagan Crush Pad). Charles Zuckermann Photo.

(L-R): Melany Winslow-Hansen (sponsor: Authentic Wine & Spirits Merchants); scholarship winners Jesse Walters, Joanne DiGeso, Dustin Wellwood and Anna Ion; Alison Scholefield (sponsor: Okanagan Crush Pad). Charles Zuckermann Photo.

VANCOUVER — The BC Hospitality Foundation presented its 2015 Sommelier Scholarships to four winners during a tasting salon hosted by the Import Vintners & Spirits Association Nov. 3 at the Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver.

Winners of this year’s scholarships were Joanne DiGeso (Bearfoot Bistro, Whistler, B.C.); Anna Ion (Hotel Grand Pacific, Victoria, B.C.); Jesse Walters (Burdock & Co, Vancouver); and Dustin Wellwood (Hawksworth Restaurant, Vancouver).

In addition, BCHF is accepting applications for its 2016 sommelier scholarships. Applications are open until Jan. 20, 2016.

The winners will be announced at the Vancouver International Wine Festival’s Celebrating Excellence: 13th Annual Awards lunch on Feb. 26, 2016.

Scholarships are a mentorship program designed to further individual study in wine education, with BCHF awarding up to four $1,000 scholarships every year. 

Applicants must submit a 500-word essay on why you need and deserve a $1,000 scholarship from the BC Hospitality Foundation; academic transcripts – WSET or ISG; two reference letters from non-family members; and a cover letter.

Students applying must work in the hospitality and wine industry and must have been awarded (minimum) ISG Level 2 or WSET Level 3 through an accredited program. Scholarship applications are sent to a 15-member industry committee for review. Scholarships are open to anyone working in the hospitality or wine industry in British Columbia. Winners are notified in writing, in advance of the presentation.