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Cider is for Everyone Scholarship

The Cider Is For Everyone scholarship is designed to support avenues for people from historically marginalized groups to succeed in the cider industry. The goal is to increase the accessibility of cider education and jump-start the careers and ownership-pathways of these cider professionals.
Scholarship recipients receive:
  • Registration to CiderCon® 2025 in Chicago, Illinois, February 3-7 (including travel and lodging)
  • Level 1 Certified Cider Guide training and certification exam
  • Two Certified Pommelier sensory webinars
  • The Certified Pommelier Study Guide
  • Registration for the Certified Pommelier Exam
This scholarship is part of a broader effort by the ACA to advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion for the cider industry. In 2019 the ACA launched the Antiracism, Equity and Inclusion committee which recognizes diversity, equity and inclusion as an important and necessary part of present and future successes of the cider industry. This committee structures its work around a belief that existing structures of power, privilege and discrimination must be actively questioned and evaluated in order to create equitable opportunities in an environment that embraces and values our differences. They strive to create events, opportunities and organizational policies that embody these values, and to continue evaluating these practices for sustained growth and improvement.

Applicant Information

Thank you for your interest in our Cider is For Everyone Scholarship for CiderCon® 2025! This scholarship is designed to foster professional pathways for early cider professionals from historically marginalized communities that are currently underrepresented in the Cider Industry. The scholarship will be awarded to a maximum of eight applicants. CiderCon® 2025 is taking place February 4-7 in Chicago, Illinois. The scholarship covers hotel, airfare (or travel expenses) and conference registration. Additionally, recipients will be offered training and exams for the Certified Cider Professional Program's Certified Cider Guide and Certified Pommelier programs. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until August 16.
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