Cicerone Scholarship

  • Are you a Certified Beer Sever (Cicerone Level 1) and wish to advance to Certified Cicerone (Cicerone Level 2)?
  • Are you a woman involved in the beer industry in any capacity?
  • Do you have a passion for the local craft beer scene?
  • Do you want to use that passion to get into or advance in your career?

The Certified Cicerone certification has become the benchmark of beer knowledge and expertise. Certified Cicerones carry with them a vast knowledge of tasting, styles, pairing and brewing alike. To further our support of women involved in the beer world, we have created a scholarship program to help assist in the financial aspect of this certification.

The Certified Cicerone exam allows individuals to quickly demonstrate that they possess a professional body of knowledge and essential tasting skills related to beer. Those who pass earn the right to use the title “Certified Cicerone®” and display the logo on their card and correspondence. They also get listed in our certification directory where anyone can verify their status. Certified Cicerones enjoy enhanced respect and prestige that can help improve their business success and career prospects.

We invite all WNY women who are interested in the Certified Cicerone certification to help them advance in their industry careers to apply for this scholarship. Our board members will assist in a three step application process in selecting one candidate to receive our second annual scholarship.

2018 Winners

2018 Scholarship winnersCertified Cicerone Scholarship winner Kait Prendergast 
Kait Prendergast is a local homebrewer and Certified Beer Server working at Hydraulic Hearth. She is very active in the local beer community as a member of the Beer Goddesses and the Sultans of Swig, and we’re excited to see how becoming a Certified Cicerone will help advance her career in the beer industry.
Certified Beer Server Scholarship winner Devon Sundlov
Devon Sundlov is a local homebrewer, member of the Beer Goddesses and Sultans of Swig, and part-time representative for Ellicottville Brewing Company. She’s looking forward to becoming a Certified Beer Server to advance her beer knowledge and take the first step to becoming a Cicerone.

Important Dates

Applications are closed for this year. Check back in late 2018 for 2019 application!

Scholarship Details

Scholarship amount will be for $700:

  • Coverage of the Cicerone Exam ($395)
  • Travel stipend (stipend will cover lodging and test related expenses. Receipts will be required)

Step One: Complete the application located at

Step Two: Prepare to put your best foot forward to impress our panel of judges to be one of the 3 candidates to get a final interview.

Step Three: If you ace this you can pack your bags, you’re on your way!

So now what? How do you decide if this is right for you? First, you can check out all the details on

Scholarship will cover cost of exam, study materials and/or travel for exams taken in the calendar year of 2018. Receipts will be required. 

Below are upcoming northeast exam dates. Before applying for the scholarship, please ensure you are available to take the test before December 31,2018.

For other exam dates please see the schedule at

Friday, February 9, Chicago
Thursday March 1, Brooklyn, Toronto, Boston, Cleveland
Tuesday May 1, Brooklyn, Tuesday May 5, Chicago, Harrisburg
Friday June 1, Philadelphia
Sunday July 1, Toronto, Chicago
Wednesday August 1, Brooklyn, Boston
Tuesday September 18, Chicago

Dates may be subject to change. Visit exam dates, specific location and more information about the Certified Cicerone Exam.

For questions about this scholarship, please contact before Sunday, December 31.

All the best,
The Buffalo Beer Goddesses
Danielle Potts – Co Chair
Becca Decker – Co Chair
Tracey Maciejewski – Treasurer
Sara Jean Rosenberry – Secretary