Washington’s wine industry is serious about education. This year over $30,000 in scholarships is being offered to students pursuing certificates, undergraduate, or post-graduate degrees in viticulture, enology, or wine-related disciplines.
Details can be found on WWIF’s Scholarship Program page, including the single, simple application for all four scholarships. Applications must be received by WWIF’s office no later than Saturday, March 31, 2018.
Since 2008, the Foundation has given 170 scholarships totaling $225,000 for education in the grape and wine industry.
Scholarships available for the 2018-19 academic year include:
George and Susan Carter Scholarship
This scholarship was established to assist students of limited means to attain associate, bachelor, or graduate level degrees in viticulture and enology and offers $1,000 to one recipient annually, auto-renewing until graduation. This fund honors Washington State University researcher and winemaker George Carter and his wife, Susan. Carter worked side by side with his close friend, Dr. Walter Clore.
Horse Heaven Hills Wine Growers Scholarship
Two scholarships of $2,000 each to students who are residents of Benton, Yakima, or Klickitat counties. The scholarship was created by industry members dedicated to promoting education in the areas of grape growing and wine production.
Walter J. Clore Scholarship
Established in 1997 by the Washington Winegrowers Association, scholarships are awarded up to $2,000 in honor of Dr. Clore’s grape research and lifetime achievements in viticulture and enology at WSU. Awards are determined each year, based on qualified applicants.
WWIF Foundation Fund Scholarship
The Foundation Fund was established as an endowment by the Foundation’s Board of Directors. The number of awards is determined annually but can be up to five scholarships with a maximum of $5,000 each.
The Foundation manages scholarships for the industry in alignment with its mission to bring together partners and facilitate funding to craft sustainable solutions to industry challenges.