Scholarship Update

It’s fun to catch up with our former scholarship winners and learn where their studies have taken them. This month we caught up with 2013 Columbia REA academic scholarship recipient, Samantha Case.

Samantha Case Washington State University, Class of 2017

Samantha Case holding a bookIt's very likely that Samantha Case has gone the farthest of any of our past scholarship winners…literally.

Samantha Case, received the Columbia REA Clark Brewington Scholarship in 2013, and is now an Archivist for Bacardi Limited (yes, that Bacardi), in Glasgow, Scotland.

Samantha went from Walla Walla High School to Washington State University, graduating in 2017 with a double major.

“I worked for the WSU library system and became a student manager at Owen Science and Engineering Library, and also worked in the archives for about a year,” recalls Samantha.

“I was part of the Honors College and also studied abroad in Scotland for a semester at the University of Stirling.”

Her experience abroad, as well as her work in the library system at WSU, fostered an interest in archiving, which requires a Master’s degree in most cases. She was accepted into the University of Glasgow Master’s Program, and now works as an archivist for Bacardi.

“I am based at our UK Operations Center in Glasgow. I work on the whisky and gin brands, including Dewar's Blended Scotch Whisky, single malts such as Aberfeldy and Craigellachie, and Bombay Sapphire gin.

Samantha at work at Bacardi“Working with original historical documents brings something new every day and it is a privilege to experience history through these records. I’ve been with Bacardi for three years now,” adds Samantha.

Samantha lives near Falkirk in Scotland with her partner, Cameron, and her dachshund, Poppy, and very much enjoys what she is doing and where she is.

“There is always something new to learn and the whisky industry is a great one to be a part of. There is a real community spirit and my job is so varied. I get to work on creating museum exhibitions for our visitor center in Aberfeldy, preserving current day records for the archivists of the future, assisting marketing teams with the brand histories, answering enquiries from the public about their old bottles, and generally sharing the heritage of our brands with the world!”

Where Are They Now?

If you, a family member, or a friend have received a Columbia REA Academic or Lineman scholarship in the last few years and would like to share an update with our members, please email Steve Owens or call (509) 526-4041.