Scholarships + Sabbatical

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The 2017 Scholarships and Sabbatical deadlines have passed. Check back in early fall for 2018 applications. 2017 Scholarship and Sabbatical recipients will be announced this summer.

Scholarships Introduction

Bill Powers Sabbatical

In honor of Bill Powers, his family and associates developed the Bill Powers Sabbatical Fund to enable a degreed professional currently employed in the Washington State grape or wine industry to undertake a sabbatical in an established wine-producing region of the world to learn about an aspect of wine grape growing and/or winemaking that will further their professional career and benefit the Washington grape and wine industry.


The sabbatical awards up to $5,000 to one individual currently working in the Washington state grape or wine industry with five years of experience in viticulture or enology. Funds may be used for travel, room and board, and other education-related expenses.


Foundation Fund Scholarship

The Foundation Fund was endowed in June 2013 by the Board of Directors. Several family funds, including the Charles Lill, Michael Manz, Glenn Coogan and John Farmer funds, plus the Industry Need and Rainy Day Funds, were combined to create the initial endowment. With this larger endowed fund, WWIF can make a bigger impact on the industry’s need for an educated workforce. Individual gifts and dedicated auction revenues continue to grow the endowment. The number of awards is determined annually, ranging from $1,000 to $5,000.

Walter J. Clore Scholarship

The Walter J. Clore Scholarship was established in 1997 by the Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers (WAWGG) in honor of Dr. Clore’s grape research. Working with growers, Dr. Clore and his colleagues published information on grape varieties, diseases, insects, mineral nutrition, irrigation, cover crops, weed control and climatological effects, including winter injury.  He tested various trellis designs, which eventually led to the widespread adoption of mechanical harvesting.  Each year, WAWGG members raise the funds for this scholarship at their annual convention.  The number of awards is determined annually and scholarships range from $500-$2,500.

Horse Heaven Hills Scholarship

The Horse Heaven Hills Wine Growers offer up to two $2,000 scholarships for students who are residents of Benton, Klickitat or Yakima counties and interested in the study of viticulture and/or enology. Preference will be given to students with a parent employed in the Washington wine industry. The scholarship was established by members of the group who are dedicated to promoting education of the grape growing and wine producing industry in Washington.

 George and Susan Carter Scholarship

The George & Susan Carter Scholarship was established in 2017 as an endowed fund in honor of WSU researcher and winemaker George Carter and his wife, Susan.  George Carter worked side by side with Dr. Walter Clore and the two were close friends. As part of his day-to-day activities, Carter developed a system for classifying American, European and hybrid grape varietals. In recognition of his wine making accomplishments, Carter was elevated to a Supreme Knight in the International Brotherhood of the Knights of the Vine. This scholarship was established to assist students of limited means to attain associates, bachelors and graduate level degrees in viticulture and enology and will offer one (1) $1,000 auto-renewing scholarship per year.


Cary Wilton

Clore and Foundation Fund Scholarships

Cary is pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in the V&E program at WSU. Cary dropped out of engineering school to volunteer at a winery in Tuscany, Italy followed by internships at wineries in South Africa and then Woodinville before entering the V&E program at WSU. This summer Cary will continue studying abroad in Toulouse, France.

Megan Wade

Clore Scholarship

Megan is pursuing a Master’s degree in the Food Science program at WSU. Under Dr. Charles Edwards, Megan is researching how nutrition of the grape must, specifically nitrogen levels, influences growth and/or spoilage by the bacteria Pediococcus in the resultant wine.

Megan Schumaker

Clore Scholarship

Megan is pursuing a Master’s degree in the Food Science program at WSU. Megan is conducting research on the sensory properties of Brettanomyces bruxellensis in both the United States and Portugal to understand consumer acceptance and preference in both countries.

Jati Adiputra

Clore Scholarship

Jati Adiputra is a PhD candidate in Plant Pathology at WSU conducting research into plant diseases, supporting our state’s clean plant work and improving management of grapevine red blotch disease.

Jesse Aplin

Foundation Fund Scholarship

Jesse, a PhD candidate in the Food Science at WSU conducting research to better understand how spoilage organisms such as non-saccharomyces yeasts may be harnessed to actually improve product quality and safety, and to develop products that ease industry impact on the environment

Rachel Ensign

Clore Scholarship, Foundation Fund Scholarship

Rachel will begin her studies this fall pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in the V&E Program at WSU. Rachel is interested in both the science and creativity of wine, and will enjoy an internship at Goose Ridge Estate Vineyards this summer.

Zachary Cartwright

Foundation Fund Scholarship

Zachary is a PhD candidate in Food Science at WSU researching solutions to decrease the viability of Brettanomyces bruxellenses (a yeast that particularly affects red wine quality) in both vineyards and different types of oak barrels.

Emma Gunderson

Foundation Fund Scholarship

Emma will begin her studies this fall pursuing an Associate of Arts degree at Big Bend Community College, after which she plans to enter the V&E program at WSU Tri-Cities. Emma is interested in the hospitality side of the industry, and plans to minor in Hospitality Management.

Caroline Merrell

Horse Heaven Hills Wine Growers and Foundation Fund Scholarships

Caroline is a PhD candidate in the Food Science program at WSU. Working under Dr. Jim Harbertson, Caroline helped successfully develop a method to quickly and inexpensively separate wine tannins and anthocyanins, and is now using this methodology to understand factors that stabilize wine color, contribute to wine mouth feel, and affect tannin size distribution with berry maturity and wine aging

Alexis Newman

Clore Scholarship, Foundation Fund Scholarship

Alexis will begin her studies this fall pursuing a degree in Business Management with a focus on the wine industry. Growing up in the Tri-Cities, Alexis has seen first-hand the widespread economic impact and growth of the Washington wine industry, and she looks forward to making her own mark on the industry.

Carina Ocampo

Clore Scholarship, Foundation Fund Scholarship, Horse Heaven Hills Scholarship

Carina will be a senior this year in the V&E Department at WSU studying pests, diseases, and viruses under Dr. Naidu Rayapati. Her research project, Gambling with Grafting, recently won first place at the Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers Annual Meeting & Convention. Carina plans to continue her education with a Master’s Degree following graduation.

See how Carina Ocampo, Zach Cartwright, and Allison Baker have used their WWIF Scholarships to pursue their V&E interests.

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