Hanna Lee Communications Announces $18,000 In Scholarships – “2022 HLC Global Bartender Travel Scholarship”

From Hanna Lee Communications

Hanna Lee Communications, an Award-Winning PR Agency, Announces the “2022 HLC Global Bartender Travel Scholarship,” with $18,000 Earmarked to Match Its 18th Anniversary

Hanna Lee Communications, Inc., an award-winning PR and marketing agency, announces the “2022 HLC Global Bartender Travel Scholarship.” This year, the agency, which is celebrating its 18th anniversary, has earmarked $18,000 for the scholarship. Each year, the number of recipients will match the agency’s anniversary year.

Entirely self-funded by the agency, the scholarship is designed to help bartenders travel to key global cocktail conferences to network and inspire one another. It is part of the agency’s giving back to the community that it holds so dear. Scholarship submissions are being accepted now through July 31, 2022 and 18 winners will be announced in September 2022.

“Bartending is a noble career path and bartenders are at the pinnacle of the hospitality industry,” says Hanna Lee, President & Founder, Hanna Lee Communications. “It is inconceivable to have a bar, restaurant or hotel without bartenders or for spirits brands to connect with their consumers on-premise. This was very much apparent during the pandemic, when many bartenders could not ply their esteemed trade and their absence was palpable. We are firm believers in the power of travel to help expand minds and palates and see our scholarship as supporting the career development of bartenders, who we greatly admire.”

The “HLC Global Bartender Travel Scholarship” launched in 2019 and attracted 195 submissions from bartenders in 45 countries across five continents. This year, the 2022 scholarship will grant $1,000 to each of the 18 recipients.

How to Enter: See below for the simple, five-step application process.

  • Step 1: Follow @hannaleepr on Instagram.
  • Step 2: Upload a photo of yourself behind the bar to your public Instagram feed.
  • Step 3: Explain why you chose bartending as your career.
  • Step 4: Use #hannaleepr.
  • Step 5: Tag @hannaleepr and the cocktail conference you would like to attend.

The scholarship recipients will be chosen by a Global Mentor Committee of 30 distinguished spirits and bartending luminaries from the U.S. and around the globe. They include:

U.S. Judges

  • Bridget Albert, Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits
  • Charles Gibb, Fever-Tree USA
  • Dale DeGroff, King Cocktail & Author of “The New Craft of the Cocktail”
  • Elayne Duff, Beverage BA Academy
  • Ms. Franky Marshall, Modern Bartender & Educator
  • Jackie Summers, Sorel Liqueur
  • Julio Cabrera, Cafe La Trova
  • Lynn House, Heaven Hill Brands
  • Lynnette Marrero, Speed Rack & Llama Inn
  • Sother Teague, Amor y Amargo
  • Tara Fougner, Thirsty
  • Tony Abou-Ganim, Modern Mixologist & TAG Global Spirits Awards
  • Tyler Zielinski, PUNCH & Liquor.com
  • Valentino Longo, Shōshin Art Club

International Judges

  • Diego Cabrera, Salmon Guru
  • François Monti, Amargueria
  • Giampiero Francesca, BlueBlazeR Magazine
  • Giorgio Bargiani, Connaught Bar
  • Holly Graham, DRiNK Magazine Asia
  • Jesse Vida, ATLAS
  • Keith Motsi, Charles H. Four Seasons Seoul
  • Leah van Deventer, Daily Maverick & Food24
  • Martin Hudak, Maybe Sammy Group
  • Matteo Zed, The Court
  • Maura Milia, Connaught Bar
  • Renato “Tato” Giovannoni, Florería Atlántico & Abajo London
  • Sam Bygrave, Boothby Media
  • Shawn Soole, Soole Hospitality Concepts
  • Simon Ford, Fords Gin Company

All questions about the program should be directed towards Hanna Lee Communications via DM on Instagram – @hannaleepr 


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