Support equitable education, through Being Tea Scholarships

Our scholarships help fund tea education here in the Being Tea program for tea friends from marginalized communities – both from the tea industry trade and not. Meaning, we serve professionals and tea lovers alike!

We center our efforts on BIPOC and LGBTQ folks, both in the United States (where I am based) and internationally, as well.

Here’s how it works and how you can help.

Are you looking to apply for a tea scholarship for your education with Being Tea? Reach out to me here to get on our waitlist for the next round in spring 2023.

Being Tea offers scholarships to assist in two key areas:

1) Personal study through my general education program
2) Tuition for Being Tea’s 8-month professional Teacher Training program

Our funding needs for these programs

All contributions go into a general collection fund and get assigned in this manner:
– $120 USD = One year of general education videos + live classes (at Reduced tier)
– $500 USD = Partial tuition for Teacher Training
– $1188 USD = Full ride tuition for Teacher Training (at Reduced tier)

Here’s the difference your contributions make!

In 2022, thanks to scholarship contributions, we were able to provide full year education scholarships to five recipients.

In 2021, we also provided for five education recipients for a fully year, as well as one partial Teacher Training scholarship.

In 2020, we supported two partial Teacher Training scholarships.

International scholarship recipients have included tea students in Colombia, Iran, and Ecuador.

Support Being Tea Scholarships today!

You can support access to supportive, holistic quality tea education today, through a one-time gift here:

Monthly support options are also available, starting at $10/month. Contact me at if you would like to participate as a monthly supporter!

Why scholarships have such a powerful impact

Since founding Being Tea, I’ve structured everything I offer to be as financially accessible as possible.

This includes sliding scale options for my education membership program, to affordable options for small business support, and sliding scale tuition for teacher training program.

However, for any space concerned about inclusivity to go deeper, a paradigm shift is needed, beyond friendly pricing. For recognizing that more needs to be done to support those with limited financial means and mobility – and naming why. Specifically, this means racially marginalized folks – most notably Black people – and others who face daily oppression, such as queer folks. Oppression leads to a lack of access to expensive technical education, professional certifications, corporate job titles. (it also creates lack of safety in those spaces.)

One antidote to this is creating intentional space to give freely, uplift, and invest in a more equitable future. Scholarships are a potent way to break down barriers, restoring equity in who gets the privilege of access to education and support.

Who can apply for Being Tea scholarships?

This program specifically serves BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and Persons of Color), and LGBTQ+ folks inside the United States, where I am based. You do not need to be a working tea professional to qualify.

As funds and space allow, I’ve also been able to extend scholarships for non-US students who come from areas of conflict or political / religious / economic hardship, as well as those with vulnerable immigration status. If this is you, please apply!

Priority access is given to students who are applying their tea knowledge skills for community support purposes.

Scholarships are awarded to students on the waitlist, as well as through special community giveaways. These giveaways are usually announced on my social media (Instagram @beingtea)

Hey there! Looking for a tea scholarship?

Our next round of scholarships will be in spring 2023.

If you would like to inquire about waitlist availability, please introduce yourself by contacting me below! I’ll send you’ll send you an application and we’ll talk further about your tea education interests and goals, and how a Being Tea scholarship could assist your needs.

A little backstory: Who reminds you that you are enough?

When I was first getting started in tea in 2003, I was in a really vulnerable place as I navigated a rocky, unknown transition from my previous career path. I benefited from generous, kind people who saw me and made room for my potential. In this new home, I wasn’t judged for my age, my lack of academic qualifications, the job title that I held. I just was – and got to be – tea. The ability for me to be what I wanted wasn’t questioned.

As I transitioned to working more with the wider industry, I felt suddenly exposed, without my nest. There were professional expectations, experiences, and financial backing that I just didn’t have yet. I was deeply self-conscious of this and spent years judging myself for not being “enough,” not being there yet.

It was only by the grace of finding places to volunteer my time professionally that I was able to keep growing and learning in tea, because I certainly couldn’t pay the cost of admission without help. I had friends who let me share hotel rooms and homes with them when I traveled for tea conferences, because I couldn’t afford that, either. I met new colleagues and friends who also did not judge me for my position in life. I’ve thought a lot about those early years as I’ve kept going in tea.

In 2014, I founded Being Tea as a means to offer education that’s accessible, affordable, and geared toward everyday life and enjoyment. Tea for enrichment. Tea that shows you that you are enough.

Thank you for supporting my work and the well-being and education of fellow tea folks on the path!