3rd Annual Ethnifacts Multicultural Scholarship Announced

Wine Blogger’s Conference Scholarship and EthniFacts Announce Third Annual Multicultural Scholarship

(March 14, 2017) San Francisco, CA – Today the Wine Bloggers Conference Scholarship Foundation and EthniFacts, announced the third annual “EthniFacts Diversity in Wine Writing & Content Creation Scholarship,” to encourage ethnic, gender, and cultural diversity in the Wine Bloggers Conference attendees.

This year, the Ethnifacts Scholarship has been expanded to support two individuals in attending the conference this November in Santa Rosa, California, the heart of Sonoma’s wine country.
“While it is clear that America is changing, the amount of blogger diversity hasn’t kept up with the changes in the American mainstream,” said Mike Lakusta, CEO and Founding Partner of EthniFacts. “For the past two years, we’ve seen our scholarship recipients go on to do great work in expanding their reach and readership. This scholarship is meant to encourage participation and support of diverse candidates who write great blogs while providing expanded knowledge of wine regions throughout America.”

2016 Ethnifacts Scholarship recipient Julien Miquel, of Social Vignerons, says:

“Being able to attend the 2017 WBC thanks to the Ethnifacts Scholarship grant allowed me to connect with so many fellow wine bloggers and wine enthusiasts, I have now friends spread around the United States and the world to share the journey with. Since, we’ve exchange thoughts, tips and perspectives on how to improve the quality of our content, what to cover in the world of wine, trends and much more. Furthermore, anywhere I am traveling to know, I am sure to find support from the network I established at the conference, and of course, someone to share a glass of wine with J”

And inaugural recipient Regine Rousseau from Shall We Wine feels that

“The conference truly exceeded my expectations and direct contact with winemakers and winery representatives broadened my understanding of the region and how climate impacts wine making overall,” she said.  “This scholarship is about diversity and blogging is about diversity of voices. I am so appreciative of the opportunity afforded to me by EthniFacts.”

 

Candidate requirements include having a blog that maintains an active status and has been in existence for at least one year, demonstrate a clear financial need, and meet the multicultural guidelines set forth by EthniFacts and the WBC Scholarship Fund.

  • First Year Attendee
  • Citizen Blogger with no paid wine writing experience
  • Diversity Candidate

“We appreciate the long-time partnership with EthniFacts and are excited to double the impact this scholarship will have in 2017,” said Thea Dwelle, chairman of the WBC Scholarship Committee. “Many bloggers do not have the ability to fund a trip that may cost more than a $1,000 by the time hotel, flight and conference registration are totaled, and this newly established scholarship will remove financial barriers.”

The Wine Bloggers Conference Scholarship was founded in 2009 to provide well established “citizen bloggers” with a stipend so they can attend the wine bloggers conference, further their knowledge, their network, the wine blogging community and the wine industry as a whole.  The recipients are bloggers who are not affiliated with a winery or other company in the wine industry with a demonstrated financial need. Specific attention is paid to bloggers who post regularly, have never attended the conference before and who are students with a particular focus in wine.

The tenth annual North American Wine Bloggers Conference is scheduled for November 9-12, 2017, and brings together hundreds of wine bloggers, social media educators and leaders, and wine industry members in Santa Rosa. This year marks the tenth conference and brings some exciting changes to format, including in depth focal tastings, video content creation sessions, and a diverse group of writers, video makers, and podcasters.

The Wine Bloggers Conference Scholarship is partnered with Enobytes, an organization dedicated to sharing passion and knowledge of wine and food.   This non-profit organization serves a global audience of wine lovers, and takes innovation to the next level with interactive maps, in depth wine reviews, and wine business analysis.

For more information please contact info@wbcscholarship.com and visit wbcscholarship.com/America.




Blogger profile: Jason Phelps has an Ancient Fire for wine!

Jason Phelps is a blogger with many talents.  Not only does he write about wine, food, and yes – beer, he actually makes some of his own hooch to keep things interesting.  His blog, Ancient Fire Wines, bring new idea in food and drink to his readers from New Hampshire, his home base.  Jason has been writing since 2008, so we look forward to having him join us at the Wine Bloggers Conference to bring his perspective as both a home winemaker and a blogger.

Jason is looking forward to trying the array of wines at the WBC and is looking forward to meeting like minded wineaux and writers in Virginia next month.

Please stop by and say hello to Jason on TWITTER and check his blog out at http://www.ancientfirewines.com!

 

Here a wine there a wine

It’s hard to believe that the Wine Bloggers Conference is coming up in 71 short days.  Currently, the WBC is sold out, and there is a waiting list that grows every day.  We here at the WBC Scholarship Fund are clinging tightly to 10 slots for scholarship reciepiants, but we’re struggling to find funding for those 10 kids.  Times are tough, Walla Walla is expensive to get to, etc etc.

Enter Kaz & randy of the really big shoe, Wine Biz radio.  Last week our illustrious hosts shouted from the treetops how important the Wine Bloggers Confernece is becoming; the week before the interpid Tom Wark discussed hwo wine blogging has developed and channged in the past 5 years, and how it is influencing the wine industry.

To stand behind that belief, Kaz of Kaz Winery has offered a pledge gift of wine.  that’s right kids, those cool chatchis that get you to give money to the public TV stations has gone mainstream – to the WBC!  If you, our kind and dear readers and friends, can scrape up $100 or more from your couch cushions, tip jars, stripper money, bras, or the dust garden behidn the couch, kaz will give you some of his really cool wine in exchange.  All you have to do is tweet, email, text, smoke signal or run up to me and scream “KAZ SENT ME!” drop a cool C Note in my hand (or PayPal Account) and there you go.

If you’re curious what the scholarship has meant to people, check out the Wineing Woman’s post here, or last year’s post by recipiant Grace Hoffman.  If THAT doesn’t warm your cockles, then can I just get you drunk and take yo

See how easy that was?  C’mon!  What do you have to lose!

WBC 10 is SOLD OUT!

Over 300 wine bloggers, food bloggers, and industry representatives think that the third annual Wine Bloggers Conference is important!  The conference sold out in record time, and there is now a waiting list.
What this means for the scholarship is that we will have to close applications early, in order to allocate the 10 spaces we reserved for scholarship recipients ASAP since they are going to be very much in demand this year.
So, for all of you Wine Bloggers that are applying for a scholarship, the deadline is TOMORROW!  That’s Friday April 9th. I will however give you the weekend to get your apps in, since this is very short notice.  We will be allocating the funds next week, on a merit basis and you will be notified if you are awarded a scholarship.
We still desperately need your help and donations!  We are not currently able to fund every request that came in; there are currently 13 scholarship applications on deck.  The committee will need to make some difficult decisions over the weekend, and without your generous support, we will be unable to fulfill all of their wishes.
Please note that we now have some cool offers of support coming in from the field.  Please tune in to Wine Biz Radio FRIDAY April 9th to find out what the special offers are!
And please, keep those donations coming.
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