Fire & Vine Hospitality recently established a scholarship with the Washington State University Carson College of Business to award seven $10,000 scholarships to incoming first-year students or freshmen with a declared interest in hospitality business management or wine and beverage business management.

Students are invited to apply online by 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 5. Preference will be given to underrepresented students.

“Our team wanted to do something meaningful and ongoing to show our commitment to creating additional pathways to opportunity,” said Chad Mackay, Fire & Vine Hospitality CEO. “This scholarship is aimed directly at encouraging black, indigenous and students of color to pursue a career in hospitality and bring a more diverse group of talents and voices to the industry. We look forward to celebrating their achievements.”

Fire & Vine Hospitality provides operational leadership and support to some of the Pacific Northwest’s most iconic restaurants and lodging properties including Revelers Club locations El Gaucho Seattle, Bellevue, Portland, Tacoma and Vancouver; AQUA by El Gaucho; Aerlume; Basel Cellars Estate; Walla Walla Steak Co.; and Crossbuck Brewing.

Scholarship to support students of color studying hospitality business management

In 2020, Fire & Vine committed to donating the revenues of all their establishments from Juneteenth—an annual holiday June 19 commemorating the end of slavery in the United States—towards a scholarship supporting students of color studying hospitality business management at Washington State University. The company supports the cause of equal opportunity and is dedicated to exemplifying that in their relationships with guests, community and one another.

“The BIPOC community is underrepresented in the hospitality industry, and we are excited to partner with Fire & Vine Hospitality to help change that,” said Bob Harrington, WSU School of Hospitality Business Management director. “As a college, we are committed to giving underrepresented students equal opportunity to achieve academic and career success, and scholarships are a critical tool in that mission.”

For more information about the scholarship application, contact ccb.scholarships@wsu.edu.