In 2004, Southern Wine and Spirits of America, Inc. established the Chaplin Family Scholarship at the University of Miami School of Law to be awarded every three years to an outstanding entering law student. The scholarship covers tuition expenses for three years of study at the Law School. The recipient is selected on the basis of merit, with preference given to a student with an interest in transactional work.
The Chaplin award provides full law tuition (fall and spring) for all credits, including six approved non-law course credits taken in other departments of the University and applied toward the juris doctor degree, plus an annual stipend of $1,000. Specific requirements to maintain the award are detailed in the student's initial scholarship notification.
Additionally, students who maintain their required renewal GPA upon completion of their JD degree, are eligible to receive a full tuition scholarship if they are admitted into and enroll in one our LL.M. programs directly upon graduation (or in the case of the School's joint degree JD/LL.M. offerings, before graduation). The School offers LL.M. programs in International Law, Tax Law, Real Property Development, Estate Planning and Ocean & Coastal Law.
Wayne Chaplin, President and COO of Southern Wine and Spirits of America, was born in Brooklyn, New York. After graduating magna cum laude from the University of Miami with a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration, Wayne Chaplin received a law degree, also from the University of Miami. Following a period practicing law at a Miami-based firm, he joined Southern Wine and Spirits of America in 1984. Mr. Chaplin quickly learned the importance of customer service in all aspects of his work as he prepared himself for a future leadership role.
In his first three years at Southern Wine and Spirits of America, Wayne Chaplin worked as a sales supervisor, company comptroller, and operations manager. In 1987 Wayne Chaplin was appointed Vice President in charge of operations, and in 1989 he was named First Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, overseeing all divisions of the company's distributing operations. In 1992, Mr. Chaplin was appointed to the Company's Executive Management Committee and became an officer and director at that time. In 1994, Chaplin was appointed President and Chief Operating Officer of Southern Wine and Spirits of America, Inc.
Beyond his day-to-day corporate management responsibilities, Wayne Chaplin is very active, along with his father, Harvey R. Chaplin, in overseeing the wide range of national, state and local charitable causes the Company supports and underwrites, from education and humanitarian relief activities to numerous corporate social responsibility initiatives. "Since our founding in 1968, Southern Wine and Spirits of America, Inc. has taken a progressive, active and constructive role in community, state and national affairs. These are fundamental values of the Company. At Southern, we want to 'give back,' and we strive every day to be responsible members of the communities in which we live," said Wayne Chaplin.
In addition to Wayne Chaplin's above-noted corporate-related philanthropic activities, he volunteers in various leadership activities at the University of Miami, which is his alma mater for both his undergraduate Bachelor of Arts Degree and Graduate Law Degree. Currently, he serves as Vice Chair of the University's Board of Trustees and the Chair of the University's School of Law's Visiting Committee. Mr. Chaplin serves as Chairman and Member of the Executive Committee at the Mount Sinai Hospital of Miami Beach and on the Board of Trustees at the Miami Country Day School.