Introducing the WBC Scholarship Fund!

Hello and welcome! The purpose for the Wine Bloggers Conference Scholarship Fund is to sponsor selected recipients with funding to attend the Wine Bloggers Conference this July in Santa Rosa.

Through a committee selection process, applicants are asked to describe their blog, their financial needs pertaining to the Wine Bloggers Conference, and why they are deserving on sponsorship.

The selection committee consists of the following individuals:
Thea Dwelle @winebratsf – wine blogger and social media champion

Megan Riley Kenney @sonadora – wine blogger

Liza Swift @brixchick_liza – wine blogger

Joel Vincent @joelvincent – wine industry professional and Wine Blogger Conference Organizer

Ward Kadel @drxeno – wine blogger West Coast Ambassador,

All of the committee members have paid for thier own fees associated with the Wine Bloggers Confernece and are participating in this panel in order to encourage the sense of community among wine bloggers, and allow more attendees to participate in this years confernece who might otherwise not be able to.

Funds are generated by donations from participating wineries, as well as individuals.  If you wish to donate to this fund, please contact us!  We accept donations from all wine industry companies, as well as individuals.  Skip that morning latte and donate to a needy blogger!  No amount is too small, and every effort is appreciated.  Individual donors will receive a commemorative Wine Bloggers Conference Charm for their efforts!  These custom wine charms are handmade with wine love by Thea.

Funds are awarded based on the committee selection process, and are pooled.  No one donation will be given to a specific individual.


  • Could I be known as West Coast Ambassador, too? 😛

  • I will make it so! 😉

  • Your selection committee is entirely too West Coast heavy!


  • J. Freen

    May I presume that the scholarship covers only the fee for WBC09 attendance and not plane fare or lodging? Thanks.

  • I saw Sonodora's tweet about this, there really is a scholarship fund! Cool idea. Travel included for us East Coast types?

  • Hi J and David!

    Glad you heard about this.

    The scholarship fund is NOT restricted to just the registration fee, but awards will be based on need.
    Plane fare, lodging at the host hotel, and registration fees are legitimate requests.

    Please submit the following information to
    wbcscholarship at gmail dot com:

    I’m so happy you are interested in applying for a Bloggership!

    In order to submit your application for consideration, please send us the following information to wbcscholarship at gmail dot com for committee review.

    1. Full Name
    2. Contact information including email and phone number
    3. Blog and what you're all about
    4. Requested funds – please be specific, and indicate if you need the registration fee, full or partial hotel, full or partial airfare. Remember, that times are tough and a lot of people need assistance, so please be honest and realistic about your requirements.
    5. In 250 words or less, please tell us why you want to come to the WBC, and why we should consider your application.

  • Wow. Sounds like such a great idea. I would love to offer up a couch in Healdsburg, if anyone needs it.

  • Shana that's awesome! Thanks!

    you have earned yourself a semi official WBC Wine Charm 😉

  • You certainly deserve a round of applause for your post and more specifically, your blog in general. Very high quality material.

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