Cider Institute Of North America



Cider Production Education Fund

Education and professional development are essential means to advance the knowledge, techniques, resources, personal development, and networking opportunities that help individuals thrive in the cider - or any other - industry. Yet there are barriers to entry in professional programs that include finances, mentorship, and racial and ethnic representation. To address access to and funding for cider education, CINA recently announced the Cider Production Education Fund for aspiring and current cider makers of color. Our goal is to offer tuition-free education covering the fundamental aspects of cider production through our online training, Cider & Perry Production – A Foundation.


CINA has partnered with cider businesses and associations to raise funds for the Cider Production Education Fund to support BIPOC interested in the advancement of their careers in the cider industry. CINA will match all donations until we meet our goal of three full scholarships for our online Foundation class in 2021. Tax deductible donations for any amount can be made through the “Donate” button at the top of this page or by contacting CINA will match all commitments dollar-for-dollar to support a diverse and inclusive cider industry and support the educational goals of people who are currently marginalized or underrepresented in the cider industry by reducing financial barriers. Donors will receive recognition on this page and on our social media channels.

Thank you to our donors who have contributed over $1200 to date: California Cider Association, Seattle Cider Company, Gabriel Lucas, Elliot Wenzel, and David Franklin.


To reflect our goal of reducing barriers to the industry, CINA has worked to make the scholarship application process as streamlined as possible. Please click on the “Application” button at the top of this page to fill out the short form. Applications will be reviewed by CINA staff and board on a rolling basis for courses offered in 2021 and awarded based on an individual's personal interest and professional goals related to cider & perry production, orcharding, and pomology. The fund will award 3 full scholarships to the online course, Cider & Perry Production – A Foundation, offered in 2021. All course materials and one attempt at the Certification Exam are included. Scholarships are available to individuals either at the beginning of their career in the cider industry or looking to continue their education and cider making experience.

Eligibility requirements:

(1)   Applicants must identify as BIPOC

(2)   Applicants must be 21 years of age or older

(3)   Applicants ideally have an interest or intention to work in the orcharding and / or production side of the cider industry

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