The Coffee Coalition for Racial Equity continues its work to bring more diversity to the coffee industry with a new scholarship opportunity. The CCRE, called the Dona Ivone Scholarship, will award a total of $8,000 to two black coffee professionals in the United States and/or Brazil, and applications are now open.

Named after Dona Ivone Botone Baziolli, a black Brazilian woman who has spent more than six decades researching coffee at the Instituto Agronômico de Campinas – “the oldest coffee research institution in the world” – the scholarship seeks to assist black individuals looking to advance their career in coffee from Through education and financial assistance. Sponsored by Torani, the Dona Ivone Scholarship awards two recipients $4,000 each plus free educational opportunities with Diedrich and Sindicafe Brazil.

To be eligible for the scholarship, individuals must be 18 years of age or older who are black in the United States, a Brazilian citizen currently living in either country and currently working in the coffee industry, or recently displaced and looking to return. To apply, potential 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 YouTube video of “whatever you want to share that highlights you.”

Applications are open until January 31, and recipients will be announced on February 15. For more information about the Dona Ivone Scholarship, visit the official website of the Coffee Coalition for Racial Equity.

Zach Cadwallader is managing editor at Sprudge Media Network and staff writer in Dallas. Read more Zac Cadwalader on Sprudge.