“UC Davis Tapping Potential” Brewing Scholarships Now Open

Diversity-focused, crowdfunded program offers full scholarships to online UC Davis Master Brewers Program and Short Courses

UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education is seeking applicants for its diversity-focused “Tapping Potential” scholarship program, which provides aspiring professional brewers with fully funded enrollments into the prestigious online UC Davis Master Brewers Certificate Program or its “Brewing Quality” series of online courses.

The application deadline is 11/30/22. One $16,000 scholarship is available for the online Master Brewers Certificate Program, which starts in early 2023, and three scholarships are being offered to the self-paced Brewing Quality courses. The applications are available on the UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education website – https://cpe.ucdavis.edu/areas-study/brewing/scholarship.

The scholarships are available to students who are committed to diversity, have experience and/or understanding of the barriers traditionally faced by people from underrepresented populations (based on race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disabilities…) and demonstrate a high potential for leadership in promoting cross-cultural understanding in the brewing industry.

“There’s room in brewing for a broader range of people, perspectives and experiences, and by educating a more diverse pool of brewers, UC Davis will help grow that capacity,” said Dr. Glen Fox, academic director of the UC Davis Master Brewers Certificate Program.

“You’ve changed my life,” said Mariana da Silva Schneider, the recipient of the 2021 UC Davis Tapping Potential scholarship. “The goal to change the industry is absolutely amazing, but you’re also changing lives along the way. You are helping build the roads to people’s dreams – in more ways than you can imagine.”

The scholarships are supported by the UC Davis Tapping Potential program crowdfunding campaign, which generated more than $20,000 from individual donors and brewing industry partners, including Barebottle Brewing Company, United Malt Group, Sudwerk Brewing Co., North Coast Brewing Company, Touchstone Brewing Company, the Sacramento Area Brewers Guild, El Segundo Brewing Company, BSG, CLS Farms and Amager Bryghus.

“As a brewery in San Francisco, we’re fortunate to serve one of the most diverse populations in the country,” said Lester Koga, co-founder of lead donor Barebottle Brewing Company. “We’re committed to making sure our crew reflects our environment and are thrilled to be supporting the UC Davis Tapping Potential Fund. We look forward to seeing the next generation of diverse brewers and owners emerge from the program.”

For more than 25 years, the brewing programs offered by UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education have provided students with an in-depth understanding of brewing science and brewery engineering and prepared them to enter the brewing industry with the potential to rise to the highest levels of leadership within it. Graduates of the UC Davis Master Brewers Certificate Program work at some of the leading breweries in the world, including Heineken, Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Sierra Nevada Brewing and Sudwerk Brewing.

For more information on the UC Davis Tapping Potential scholarship program, UC Davis Master Brewers Program and how to support UC Davis’ efforts to increase diversity in the brewing industry, contact Jon Hughes, Director of Brewing and Sensory Science at UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education ([email protected]).

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