December 1933

21st Amendment Ratified, Prohibition Ended


December 5, 2017 marks 84 years since the United States ratified the 21st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and paved the way for the modern three-tier beverage alcohol system.

WSWA Educational Foundation Awards $106,000 in Scholarships to Children of Distributor Employees

53 recipients from all corners of country earn support for higher education

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – The WSWA Educational Foundation—the charitable arm of the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America—is awarding $106,000 in scholarships to 53 recipients to help fund higher education expenses for the 2017-2018 school year.

This is the largest pool of recipients and largest total amount of awards presented by the foundation which has increased its size and scope in recent years to reflect student need and expanding support from WSWA member company donations.

Each student will receive a $2,000 award toward their studies. Eligible applicants are required to be a dependent of a full-time distributor employee working for a WSWA member company. Beneficiaries were selected by an independent panel through a competitive application process.

“Distributors and their employees, in every area of the country, set a high bar for philanthropy and community engagement,” said WSWA President and CEO Craig Wolf.

“The WSWA Educational Foundation College Scholarship Program has grown since its inception, and is a testament to the great value our member companies and their executives and employees place on donations which support these scholarships,” Wolf added.

“These scholarships are an important way our industry supports employee families of wine and spirits distributors, and most importantly, provide an opportunity to spotlight hard working students focused on success. They are truly future leaders,” Wolf concluded.

Click here to read a brief sketch of each recipient including photos and parent employer information. A promotional video featuring video interviews with previous year awardees can be viewed here.

WSWA is the national trade association representing the distribution tier of the wine and spirits industry, dedicated to advancing the interests and independence of distributors and brokers of wine and spirits.  Founded in 1943, WSWA has more than 380 member companies in 50 states and the District of Columbia, and its members distribute more than 80 percent of all wine and spirits sold at wholesale in the U.S.  Visit to learn more.


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