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About The Fund

STEP: Study Taste Educate Prosper

In partnership with The Roots Fund, Southern Smoke presents STEP (Study, Taste, Educate, Prosper). The program, which is co-owned by Southern Smoke and The Roots Fund, grants annual scholarship funding to support individuals of the BIPOC community seeking high-quality education as they prepare for certifications in all aspects of wine. Scholarships are awarded via the Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET). We’re proud to share that the Southern Smoke Foundation has granted The Roots Fund $80,000 to support this effort in 2021. Applications will be accepted Sept. 6-24, 2021.

About Our Partner

The Roots Fund is a non-profit organization focused on securing the pathway for communities of color in wine. Built to create financial support for education, mentorship, and job placement opportunities. The Roots Fund is out “doing the work,” to create inclusivity for communities of color in the wine industry.

Thank you to The Roots Fund for making this possible.

To apply and to learn more about the fund and its guidelines, please click here.