2023 Scholarship Recipients

The Washington Wine Industry Foundation awarded  scholarships to students pursuing higher education in viticulture and enology. The awards were made from five funds:

  • Albert Don Memorial Scholarship – Established in 2021 by the Don Family to honor Washington’s respected agriculture and grape innovator Albert Don. Scholarship winner: Madeleine Ped (Viticulture/Enology program, Walla Walla Community College, Associate’s).
  • Alliance of Women in Washington Wine: Scholarship winner: Madison Shaw (Viticulture/Enology & Wine Business program, WSU, Bachelor’s)
  • Foundation Scholarship – Established in 2013 by the Foundation Board of Directors, combined with funds honoring Charles Lill, Michael Manz, Glenn Coogan, and John Farmer. Scholarship winners: Bernadette Gagnier, Megan Meharg, Stephen Olusola Onayemi (Viticulture program, WSU, PhD), Pierre Davadant Eva Rickard (Wine Business Management program, WSU, Bachelor’s), and Madison Shaw.
  • George and Susan Carter Scholarship – Established in 2017 by the Carter Family to honor WSU researcher and winemaker George Carter and his wife Susan. Scholarship winner: Bernadette Gagnier (Viticulture program, WSU, PhD; 3rd year renewal)
  • Horse Heaven Hills Scholarship – Established in 2005 by members of the Horse Heaven Hills Wine Growers group who are dedicated to promoting education of the grape growing and wine producing industries in Washington. Scholarship winners: Pierre Davadant (Viticulture program, WSU, PhD) and Megan Meharg (Viticulture/Enology & Food Science programs, WSU, Master’s).
  • Walter J. Clore Scholarship – Established in 1997 by the Washington Winegrowers Association to recognize and honor the research and lifetime achievements of Walter J. Clore, a pioneering Washington vintner. Scholarship winner: Olivia Arellano (Viticulture/Enology program, Walla Walla Community College, Certificate)

The 2023 scholarship winners are:

The Washington Wine Industry Foundation provides solutions for the wine industry’s challenges, including the need for a future workforce that is well-educated and prepared to do great work. The Foundation’s Scholarship Program establishes, coordinates, manages, and promotes scholarships for students pursuing degrees in industry-related fields. The Scholarship Program is made possible thanks to generous supporters in the wine industry. To learn more, visit: washingtonwinefoundation.org.

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