Awards & Scholarships

WSET Educator of the Year Award

The Educator of the Year Award recognises the outstanding contribution of an individual or company within our network of Approved Programme Providers.

The recipient will have demonstrated a significant contribution to the development of WSET, promoting our values and vision while achieving noteworthy success in their own region.

The award is proudly sponsored by Riedel.

Winners by year:

Chris Powell, UK (Individual)

Cathy Marston, South Africa (individual)
Bibendum, UK
Westminster Kingsway College, UK

Erica Dent, UK (individual)
AWSEC, Hong Kong
Enotria, UK

Adam Chase, USA (individual)
Len Sexon, UK (individual)

Fine Vintage Ltd, Canada
Majestic Wine Warehouse, UK
Karen Hardwick, UK (individual)

Laithwaites Wine, UK
Sydney Wine Academy, Australia

WM Morrison Supermarkets PLC, UK

Wine and Spirit Professional Center, Greece

International Wine Centre, USA

Vintners' Cup

The award is open to all students throughout the world and is recognised as the highest accolade at this level. There have been 69 winners of the Vintners’ Cup so far, and a silver trophy is annually awarded to the graduate achieving the highest aggregate mark over all units of the WSET Diploma. The Worshipful Company of Vintners is one of the City of London’s 12 great livery companies and with a history rooted in the UK wine trade they generously took over the sponsorship of this award in 2004.

The full list of winners is viewable here.

I am really surprised and indeed feel very lucky to receive this award. I plan to work in the wine education industry in the future.

The Vintners’ Cup winner 2015 - Jingwei Sun


Scholarships are awarded for each academic year, which runs from 1 August to 31 July. Candidates who achieve outstanding marks in their examinations may be eligible for a scholarship. The scholarships are provided by sponsors and Corporate Patrons and are managed by WSET® Awards. Eligible candidates will be contacted by WSET® Awards after the end of each academic year once all the results for qualifying examinations have been collated.

Please note that these scholarships do not take the form of financial grants to fund studies, but are in recognition of examination performance.


Current Scholarships list

(please note, the Scholarships are subject to change so please check for updates frequently)

IWC Education Bursary

The WSET works in collaboration with the International Wine Challenge (IWC) who run the IWC Education Bursary. For successful international applicants, the IWC will contribute towards course fees at their local WSET Approved Programme Provider. Support is available for the WSET Level 3 Award in Wines and Spirits or the WSET Diploma courses. In line with the global vision of both organisations, and with the objective of stimulating diversity and inclusion in education, this bursary is only offered to students who are resident outside the UK. For more information and to apply click here.