IWEG Bursary Programs for BIPOC Students in Canada for the Academic Year September 2020 to June 2021 Jun. 16, 2020

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IWEG Bursary Programs for BIPOC Students in Canada for the Academic Year September 2020 to June 2021

Updated October 29, 2020

Guiding Principles

The Independent Wine Education Guild (IWEG) is committed to providing a learning and working environment that recognizes human rights and values equity, diversity and inclusion in all of its wine, spirit and sake programs.

As an organization dedicated to learning, we have a responsibility to educate and reflect the diversity and intersectionality of the communities we serve. IWEG respects and wishes to reflect the diversity of the communities we serve, and ensure they feel a sense of belonging and have opportunities to be their authentic selves.

Supportive Action

To support the above-mentioned guiding principles, IWEG’s Board of Directors has recognized that Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (BIPOC) are currently underserved in wine, spirit and sake education programs, and has in response developed new, discretionary bursary programs for BIPOC students in Canada for the academic year September 2020 to June 2021.

As a Canadian Registered Charity, IWEG relies heavily on the support of donors. These bursary programs were made possible through the generous support of All the Right Grapes and an individual donor.


To provide BIPOC hospitality and alcohol beverage industry professionals and enthusiasts in Canada with the opportunity to start their wine, spirits and sake education journey and achieve their professional and personal goals.

Program Structure

Seven (7) bursaries will be offered for the academic year September 2020 to June 2021 for qualifying BIPOC students in Canada for:

  • WSET Level 1 Award in Wine, Spirits or Sake: Four (4) bursaries will be offered. The applicant can choose whether to apply for either a WSET Level 1 Award in Wines, Spirits or Sake course. Update: As of October 29, 2020, one (1) WSET Level 1 bursary is available.
  • WSET Level 2 Award in Wines or Spirits: The applicant can choose whether to apply for WSET Level 2 Award in Wines or WSET Level 2 Award in Spirits. Three (3) bursaries will be offered, depending on the specific course. Update: As of July 8, 2020, all three of the WSET Level 2 bursaries have been claimed.
  • The above seven bursaries are available for qualifying students for in-class or online WSET Level 1 and Level 2 programs, delivered at IWEG during the period September 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021.

How to Apply


  • Applicants must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents in Canada, of legal drinking age in Ontario, aged 19 years old or older.
  • It is important that the individual who completes and submits the application (the applicant) is the individual who, if successful, will be the student receiving the bursary. The applicant is considered the owner of the application and must be eligible for the bursary, which is not transferrable to another person.


BIPOC hospitality and alcohol beverage industry professionals and enthusiasts in Canada can apply for one of the five bursaries (please note that bursary awards are not cumulative) by:

  • Confidentially emailing IWEG’s Program Administrator, Anne Theunissen at atheunissen@iweg.org, with their applicant details and a brief, personal statement describing why they wish to apply for the bursary.
  • Please include a copy of a driver’s license or photo identification, which clearly states date of birth.
  • Applicants must state which course the bursary application is intended for.
  • Applicants may not apply for multiple bursaries and only one application per applicant will be accepted for review.

Applications will be reviewed within 7 to 10 business days in conjunction with IWEG’s Education Director, and successful applicants will be notified in writing.

All application information is confidential and will not be used by IWEG for any other purpose other than the evaluation of eligibility for the award of bursaries.

Please note that (i) IWEG reserves the right to confirm the veracity of applications and (ii) due to the volume of potential applications, applicants who have not been awarded a bursary will not receive a written confirmation.

All bursary decisions made by IWEG are final and are subject to the availability of bursaries.

Contact Information

For all enquiries on the IWEG bursary program for Black students for the Academic Year September 2020 to June 2021 , please contact Anne Theunissen at atheunissen@iweg.org.