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, Burglington, MA and Portland, NH for portions of the internships will be required. Additionally, the last internship takes place in California for ten weeks. Those interested in a career change are welcome to apply! Applicants must commit to course work, regular mentorship meetings, and 40 hour work weeks.


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 January 15, 2022 and ends on March 15, 2022. Award winners are announced in April 2022. Classes begin at the end of May 2022, and internships in late August, 2022 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?

When available, externships opportunities will be scheduled for the cohorts. Past externships have included a five day wine harvest experience at Opus One Winery in Napa, CA. Externships are unpaid, and if they are oversees will require a valid passport.


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.