Wine Certificate Scholarship


The vinNEBRASKA Foundation, in partnership with the Omaha Restaurant Association, is offering scholarships for aspiring wine professionals from Nebraska for the Introductory and Certified Examinations through the Court of Master Sommeliers. These scholarships will be offered as reimbursement after successful completion of the exam. Successful applicants must be willing to be featured on the vinNEBRASKA Foundation website and social media as well as the Omaha Restaurant Association website and social media.


Local industry experience


Nebraska resident or proof of employment at Nebraska establishment


Pay for and successfully complete introductory exam


complete form below


willing to share name and likeness with vinnebraska and OMaha Restaurant Association

***If you are selected to receive the reimbursement scholarship for your exam, we will request proof of Nebraska employment (if not a Nebraska resident) and proof of successfully completing exam at that time.

2023 Wine Certificate Scholarship Recipients


Kiley is one of the level 1 Sommeliers at Casa Bovina Lincoln, NE. With an infectious passion for exploring the world of grapes and vines, Kiley has a knack for discovering hidden gems and savoring the finest of flavors. When not drinking wine, talking about wine or studying wine, Kiley enjoys watching horror movies, reading a variety of books, cross stitching and spending time with her fiancé, 3 dogs, and 2 lizards.

Sydney Kading-Spear

Sydney was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska, and has been here her whole life with the exception of a 6 year stint in Chicago, where she fell in love with wine. In Chicago, she worked at a neighborhood wine shop and got her WSET 2. Currently, she manages Corkscrew Wine & Cheese in Blackstone, and can’t wait to continue her wine education.¬†

Tyler Schaeffer

Preston Prauner