Sake School of America Scholarship Program

Sake School of America understands that many prospective or continuing students have circumstances that may make starting or continuing their sake and shochu education difficult. Our scholarship program was put in place to provide an opportunity for those students to achieve the certifications they need to assist them in their current and future endeavors. It gives us great joy to support our students in their careers.


Scholarship Recipients

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Adviser Scholarship

The Adviser Scholarship selects recipients three times per year. Each application cycle will yield eight scholarship recipients, totaling 24 recipients per year.

Please note that the Adviser Scholarship application cycles are subject to change. The dates given in this section are for reference only.
Cycle 1: January – April (8 recipients announced May)
Cycle 2: May – August (8 recipients announced September)
Cycle 3: September – December (8 recipients announced January)

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Scholarship Award& Recipient Requirements

The Adviser Scholarship only applies to the Sake Adviser or Shochu Adviser courses held by Sake School of America. The cost of one course, which includes access to the class(es), textbook, samples, and the exam will be covered in full. The Adviser Scholarship does not cover any travel or lodging expenses.

Adviser Scholarship recipients are required to take a Sake Adviser or Shochu Adviser course within six months of receiving the scholarship. Recipients who fail to do so will have their scholarship revoked. Adviser Scholarship recipients must also submit a photo of themself with their certification, upon successful completion of the exam and receipt of the certificate, to Sake School of America. Sake School of America may use Adviser Scholarship recipients’ first name, last name, city, and state for marketing purposes related to the scholarship.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must reside in the United States of America
  • Must currently work or have worked the floor of a restaurant/bar/on-premise establishment or liquor specialty store.
  • Must be 21 years of age or older at the time of application.

Application & Deadline

[Cycle 1] Currently accepting applicants until April 17th, 2024, 5pm PST.
Scholarship Recipients will be announced about two weeks after applications close. Recipients will be announced at the top of this page.

Applications require a completed application form (linked below) and an email with your resume and essay attached.


  • Submitting your resume and essay
    • Please send an email to info@sakeschoolofamerica.com with the subject line: Adviser Scholarship Submission
    • Please attach your resume and essay files to the email – PDF or Microsoft Word documents only.
    • Please be sure your name is included on the resume and essay. Your name must match the name used on this application form.
    • Please submit your resume and essay before the application deadline or your application will not be considered.

  • Resume Requirements
    • The resume should be no longer than 1 page and should include your current employer and position (if applicable).
    • Please note that scholarship applicants must currently work or have worked the floor of a restaurant/bar/on-premise establishment or liquor specialty store. Please be sure to include this experience in your resume.

  • Essay Requirements
    • The essay must be 500 words minimum, but no longer than 1,000 words.
    • The essay must address all the topics below:
      • What is sake/shochu to you? (Examples: your first encounter with sake/shochu, the impact it has had on your life, your passion for sake/shochu, etc.)
      • Your career plans, goals, aspirations
      • Relevant experience that supports your career plans


Kikisake-shi Scholarship

The Kikisake-shi Scholarship selects recipients twice per year. Each application cycle will yield two scholarship recipients, totaling four recipients per year.

Please note that the Kikisake-shi Scholarship application cycles are subject to change. The dates given in this section are for reference only.
Cycle 1: January – March (2 recipients announced March/April)
Cycle 2: June – August (2 recipients announced August/September)

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Scholarship Award & Recipient Requirements

The Kikisake-shi Scholarship only applies to the International Kikisake-shi Course & Exam held by Sake School of America. The cost of one course, which includes access to the class(es), textbook, samples, and the exam will be covered in full. The Kikisake-shi Scholarship does not cover any travel or lodging expenses.

Kikisake-shi Scholarship recipients are required to take an International Kikisake-shi course within one year of receiving the scholarship. Recipients who fail to do so will have their scholarship revoked. Kikisake-shi Scholarship recipients must also submit a photo of themself with their certification, upon successful completion of the exam and receipt of the certificate, to Sake School of America. Sake School of America may use Kikisake-shi Scholarship recipients’ first name, last name, city, and state for marketing purposes related to the scholarship.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must reside in the United States of America
  • Must currently work or have worked the floor of a restaurant/bar/on-premise establishment or liquor specialty store.
  • Must be 21 years of age or older at the time of application.
  • Must hold one of the following certifications:
    • Sake Adviser
    • WSET Level 2 Award in Sake
    • WSET Level 3 Award in Sake
    • Or hold a sake-related certification of equal standing. Please contact info@sakeschoolofamerica.com to confirm if your certification will be accepted for this scholarship.

Application & Deadline

[Cycle 1] Currently accepting applicants until March 8th, 2024, 5pm PST.
Scholarship Recipients will be announced about two weeks after applications close. Recipients will be announced at the top of this page.

Applications require a completed application form (linked below) and an email with your resume and essay attached.


  • Submitting your resume and essay
    • Please send an email to info@sakeschoolofamerica.com with the subject line: Kikisake-shi Scholarship Submission
    • Please attach your resume and essay files to the email – PDF or Microsoft Word documents only.
    • Please be sure your name is included on the resume and essay. Your name must match the name used on this application form.
    • Please submit your resume and essay before the application deadline or your application will not be considered.

  • Resume Requirements
    • The resume should be no longer than 1 page and should include your current employer and position (if applicable).
    • Please note that scholarship applicants must currently work or have worked the floor of a restaurant/bar/on-premise establishment or liquor specialty store. Please be sure to include this experience in your resume.

  • Essay Requirements
    • The essay must be 500 words minimum, but no longer than 1,000 words.
    • The essay must address all the topics below:
      • What is sake/shochu to you? (Examples: your first encounter with sake/shochu, the impact it has had on your life, your passion for sake/shochu, etc.)
      • Your career plans, goals, aspirations
      • Relevant experience that supports your career plans