Founded to foster higher learning in wine education, the
George T. Gamblin Memorial Scholarship is awarded annually to a second-year Master of Wine student.
George's daughter, Mary Margaret McCamic, became a Master of Wine in 2016. Her love of learning and dedication to climbing the wine world's version of Mount Everest was driven in large part by her father. In an effort to keep his memory alive, instill a passion for higher learning in the world of wine, and foster the same intellectual curiosity that her father passed onto her, Mary Margaret and her family created what will become an annual, family-funded scholarship awarded to a second-year Master of Wine Student. The first scholarship will be awarded in the fall of 2018.
Submissions for the George T. Gamblin Memorial Scholarship will be accepted in October of each year beginning in 2018. Submissions will be essays of no more than 1,200 words that answer the set topic each year. Topics are selected to be creative yet centered around wine, and will allow candidates to explore their own voice. Applicants must have committed to enrolling as a second-year Master of Wine student prior to submitting essays. Applicants from all over the globe are welcome to submit essays, and the essays will be read "blind" without knowledge of the author until the winner is chosen.
The winning essay will be announced one month following the close of submissions. Scholarship winners will receive $500 USD to be used toward purchasing wine to study for the practical portion of the Master of Wine exam. The winning essay will be posted annually on this website with the hope of fostering a love of learning, desire to succeed, and in general, inspire others to find their own passion for higher wine education.