The Coffee Coalition for Racial Equity continues their work bringing more diversity to the coffee industry with a brand new scholarship opportunity. Called the Dona Ivone Scholarship, the CCRE will be awarding a total of $8,000 to two Black coffee professionals in the US and/or Brazil, and applications are open now.

Named after Dona Ivone Botone Baziolli, a Black Brazilian woman who has spent over six decades researching coffee at the Instituto Agronômico de Campinas—“the world’s oldest coffee research institution”—the scholarship seeks to help Black individuals looking to advance their coffee career through education and monetary assistance. Sponsored by Torani, the Dona Ivone Scholarship awards two recipients $4,000 each as well as free educational opportunities with Diedrich and Sindicafe Brazil.

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To be eligible for the scholarship, individuals must be an 18-year-old or older Black US or Brazilian citizen currently living in either country who is currently employed in the coffee industry or recently displaced and looking to return. To apply, would-be recipients just need to fill out a quick questionnaire on the CCRE website. They also have the option to upload a three-to-five minute video to YouTube “of whatever you want to share that highlights you.”

Applications are open until January 31st, and the announcement of the two recipients will be made on February 15th. For more information on the Dona Ivone Scholarship, visit the Coffee Coalition for Racial Equity’s official website.

Zac Cadwalader is the managing editor at Sprudge Media Network and a staff writer based in Dallas. Read more Zac Cadwalader on Sprudge.

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