Who is eligible to apply for this award?

The Urban Grape Wine Studies Award for Students of Color is open to any BIPOC person with an interest in a career in the wine or hospitality industry. Applicants must be 21+ years of age, and be able to attend classes and internships in the Greater Boston area. Transportation to Norwood, Massachusetts for one of the internships will be required.


What are the Boston University coursework requirements?

Recipients will be expected to complete four levels of certificate wine studies at Boston University. Classes meet once per week and require wine tasting as part of the class. Completion of homework and outside assignments is expected. All recipients of the award are expected to maintain a passing grade.


What are the requirements for applying to the program?

Applicants need to apply with a current resume, a letter of intent, and a letter of recommendation. Finalists will need to make themselves available for a brief interview. The application process begins on April 15, 2021 and ends on June 30, 2021. Award winners are announced on August 15, 2021 and coursework and internships begin immediately after Labor Day, 2021. All winners will need to sign a media release and provide a headshot upon notification of winning.

How much do the internships pay and how many hours will I work?

The internships will pay approximately $18 per hour and recipients will be expected to work between 32-40 hours per week.


What will I need for the externships?

At least one of the externships each year will take place in Europe, so a valid US passport will be required. The recipients will also need to be able to leave the Boston area for one to two weeks. The externships are all expenses paid, but are unpaid experiences.


Who do I contact if I have any questions?

For questions on the course work or application process, please contact Jessica Habalou at Boston University.

For questions on the internships, externships, or mentorship opportunities, please contact Hadley Douglas.

For press inquiries, please contact Hadley Douglas.