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Empowering Women in the Beer Industry


From time to time, Pink Boots Australia will have scholarships available for all Pink Boots Australia members to apply for. The scholarship program exists to provide further educational opportunities to our members. 

Since 2016 Pink Boots Australia offered four scholarships each year for members to be able to attend the IBA Craft Brewers Conference. This included flights, accommodation and conference tickets. 

If you have an idea for a scholarship Pink Boots Australia can offer, or you would like to sponsor a scholarship for us to offer to our members, please email us. Pink Boots Australia is all about members helping members. 


Current Scholarships Available

2019 Pink Boots Scholarships

Pink Boots Society Australia are offering four Scholarships to attend the 2019 IBA BrewCon, held in Melbourne on Wednesday 4 and Thursday 5 September.

Since 2016, Pink Boots Society Australia has offered scholarships to BrewCon for members to develop their knowledge and skillset and network with industry. A key consideration of the scholarship applications is the Pay It Forward, an opportunity for recipients to build on their conference experience with benefits for both themselves and their fellow members. The Pay It Forward (PIF) was the idea of Pink Boots Society founder, Teri Fahrendorf, when establishing the scholarship program.

“When I was designing what Pink Boots Society could or would be, I thought about what the society could do to help women surmount and surpass anything that could be holding them back, and I determined that education could do that. Education is how we are going to get women to the next level of their careers.

So we had a plan for the scholarship program and our goal is to support every woman in beer around the world. We wanted to make the whole world, and the beer world, a better place than we found it in a fair and ethical way – so how do we help others beyond the scholarships? We have to ensure that each scholarship benefits as many members as possible and the beer industry at large. I realised that communication was key and the PIF came to be.

Pink Boots Society is creating tomorrow’s female beer industry leaders today by requiring our Scholarship Recipients to “step up” into their future leadership roles. By stepping outside of your comfort zones to earn the skillset needed, you can become an industry-changing (and world-changing) leader through your hard-won new communication skills.

Pink Boots Society’s PIF requirement ensures as many people benefit as possible through sharing the knowledge gained. The large number of beer industry publications and conferences (including Australia’s BrewCon) need a constant stream of writers and speakers. Recipients can represent themselves as experienced and qualified women authors and speakers, who automatically become role models for our younger members (and role models for potential female beer drinkers) just by being visible.

It helps our members “step up” toward becoming tomorrow’s beer industry leaders through gaining confidence and communication skills through completing their PIF.”

Teri Fahrendorf, Founder of Pink Boots Society

The scholarship is open to anyone who is a Pink Boots Society Australia member. You must be available for travel to Melbourne on Tuesday 3 September and return on Friday 6 September.

To apply for a scholarship, tell us in 500 words or less:
- Why you would like to go to the conference?
- What you expect to get from the conference?
- How will you ‘Pay It Forward’ to your fellow Pink Boots Society members?

Please also include the following information in your application (for contact purposes only):
- Name, email and contact phone number
- Your place of work and job title

Successful applicants will receive:
- A ticket to the IBA BrewCon conference 2019
- Return economy flights from your nearest Australian capital city (or major Australian airport) including check-in baggage
- Three (3) nights accommodation (sharing with another Pink Boots conference attendee)

Recipients of the scholarships will be required to:
- Attend IBA BrewCon 2019, held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre on Wednesday 4 and Thursday 5 September
- Attend the Pink Boots Society Australia AGM to be held at BrewCon 2019

The Pay It Forward is a key consideration of the application. Recipients of the scholarships will be required to:
- Pay It Forward within six (6) months of returning from the conference, using the knowledge they gained from the conference
- Given Pink Boots Society Australia is a Not for Profit organisation, Scholarship Recipients who fail to complete their Pay It Forward within six (6) months may be subject to financial reimbursement to the Society
- The Pink Boots board will support Recipients with guidance, advice and promotion of their Pay It Forward.
Example of ways to Pay It Forward include, but are not limited to, blog articles, podcasts, events, a presentation at a Pink Boots or industry event, a tasting or a brew day. Pink Boots Society is made up of female beer professionals of all different backgrounds and this industry diversity is encouraged in the opportunity to Pay It Forward. We encourage applicants to use the Pay It Forward as an opportunity to challenge yourself professionally and should focus on an aspect of what you have learned and how this can be communicated to both fellow Pink Boots members and the beer industry at large.

Applications need to be received no later than 5pm on Friday 21 June 2019
All applicants will be notified on Wednesday 31 July by 5pm.

Please send your application as a Word document to

Terms & Conditions:

  • Applications open Friday 31 May and close at 5pm on Friday 21 June.

  • All applicants, successful or otherwise, will be contacted on Wednesday 31 July. The successful applicants will also be announced on the Pink Boots Society Australia social media pages.

  • Scholarship prize is for a single person only and is not transferrable to anyone else

  • Value of individual scholarships is up to $1,500 (depending on point of departure).

  • Any additional expenses to those listed above will be at recipient’s own expense. This includes, but is not limited to, travel expenses outside provided flights, meals, entertainment, additional hotel charges, spending money, additional baggage, room service, conference additional activities.

  • You must be a member of Pink Boots Society Australia before your application is judged.

  • You must be available to travel to Melbourne on between Monday 2 and Friday 6 September (exact dates TBC). Any changes to flight bookings will be at the recipient’s own cost.

  • Recipients will be required to purchase their own flights, to be reimbursed by Pink Boots Society Australia. Flights costs will need to be approved before booking. Any issues with this condition can be discussed with the Scholarship Coordinator for alternative options.

  • Applications will be presented to the judging panel blind. Any identifying information will be blanked from the application with no other changes to the information provided.

  • The judging panel will consist of volunteer judges from the beer industry and board representatives.

  • Employees from the same business as judges are unfortunately unable to enter.

  • Judges will be asked to select the three (3) applications they think best answers the requirements of the scholarship application and will provide worthy Pay It Forwards. The four highest rated applications will be awarded the scholarship positions.

  • Should there be a tie, the lowest scoring applicable applications will be provided to the Founder of Pink Boots Society under the same conditions as the judging panel for the final decision.