Information About AIWF 2021 Scholarships for Study in 2022


The American Institute of Wine & Food (AIWF) is a national non-profit educational organization established in 1981 by Robert Mondavi, Julia Child, Richard Graff and others to promote a forum for the study and enjoyment of gastronomy. The AIWF is dedicated to advancing the understanding, appreciation, and quality of wine and food through fun educational experiences in support of its Days of Taste® and Scholarship programs.

The San Diego Chapter of AIWF awards scholarships for the pursuit of culinary arts, enology/viticulture, and beverage studies in full or part-time accredited continuing education programs.  The scholarships typically range from $350 to $3,000, and the funds do not need to be repaid. All schools must be accredited. Although Covid-19 protocols are evolving, all culinary courses must be in person, with relevant hands-on experience.  Courses in all other disciplines must be in-person unless only offered online.  For any courses offered online, you must have a participatory on camera presence, and exams must be on video with a live proctor watching. Since the money for the scholarships is raised by the San Diego Chapter, scholarships are only awarded to people who are connected to San Diego by school, work, or recent involvement in food or wine in the area. The scholarship money may be used for study within or outside of San Diego County.

Applications will be accepted until October 1, 2021

The scholarship award is not transferable without the written permission of the Scholarship Committee, and permission may be denied at the discretion of the Committee. The San Diego Chapter expects feedback from scholarship winners about their achievements, experiences and future goals before graduation, and again, six months after the end of studies.

The scholarship funds will be sent directly to the school the successful applicant will be attending.  All applicants are responsible for supplying their contact information at the time they submit the application, and again, after they start school, including addresses, home and cell phone numbers, email addresses, and if required Social Security number.

Successful applicants are also required to promptly supply the course work dollar amount along with the name, title, and mailing address of the person at the school to whom a check will be sent. The recipient must provide all contact information to The AIWF San DiegoTreasurer for timely payment in 2022.  If this is not done, there will be a reduction in the scholarship award unless the Scholarship Committee has accepted extenuating circumstances.

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The application must be completely filled out, along with the statement, resume, and at least two letters of recommendation in order to be considered.

Send to:
AIWF, San Diego Chapter Scholarship Committee
2683 Via De La Valle #G230
Del Mar, CA 92014