Applications for 2020 Foundation Scholarships are Closed.



The Washington Wine Industry Foundation facilitates scholarships on behalf of Washington’s wine industry for qualifying students pursuing studies in viticulture, enology, and other wine-related studies. These scholarships are made possible through generous gifts from donors who care about the future of Washington’s wine industry.



The Foundation Fund was established in June 2013 as an endowed fund by the Foundation Board of Directors. With confirmation from respective families, the Charles Lill, Michael Manz, Glenn Coogan, and John Farmer funds, plus the Industry Need and Rainy Day Funds, were used to create the initial endowment. The number of Foundation Fund Scholarship awards is determined annually and range from $2,000 to $10,000.



The Walter J. Clore Scholarship was established in 1997 by the Washington Winegrowers Association in honor of Dr. Clore’s grape research and lifetime achievements in the fields of viticulture and enology. 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. More than any other individual, Dr. Clore has had a profound and lasting impact on the Washington wine industry. The number of Clore Scholarship awards is determined annually and are a minimum of $1,000.



The Horse Heaven Hills Wine Growers was established in 2005 and offers two (2) $3,000 scholarships for students who are interested in the study of viticulture, enology, wine business management, and/or wine-related hospitality. Preference will be given to students who are residents of Klickitat, Benton or Yakima counties and whose parent(s) are employed in the Washington wine industry as demonstrated by a letter from parent’s employer. The scholarship was established by members of the HHHWG group who are dedicated to promoting education of the grape growing and wine producing industries in Washington.



The George & Susan Carter Scholarship was established in 2017 as an endowed fund in honor of Washington State University 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. The George & Susan Carter Scholarship is a $1,000 auto-renewing scholarship awarded to one student for up to four years.


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New for 2020, applications will be submitted online. Official transcripts and letters of recommendation will still need to be mailed to the Foundation office. Be sure to read the instructions throughout the application carefully. Answer each question, including those that may not be required but are relevant to your situation. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

Forms referenced in online application to to submit:

Statement of Financial Need

Letters of Recommendation Instructions

2020 Scholarship deadline is Tuesday, March 31, 2020


For letters of recommendation and official transcripts please mail to:


Washington Wine Industry Foundation

U.S. Mail                                 Other Carriers

PO Box 716                             203 Mission Ave, Suite #107

Cashmere, WA 98815           Cashmere, WA 98815





Every application is reviewed by members of the Foundation’s volunteer Scholarship Committee. The application is reviewed first for eligibility as the Foundation must adhere to the specific eligibility criteria established by scholarship fund donors. After review, scholarship applications are evaluated on an objective and competitive basis, considering academic and nonacademic factors including commitment to the to the Washington wine industry, letters of recommendation and personal essay.





Students will be notified of award status in late May/early June 2020 after the Scholarship Committee and Foundation Board of Directors make their selections. If you are awarded a scholarship, you will be provided instructions via email to complete and sign a funds disbursement form. Once we receive the required forms, we schedule payment directly to the school.


For questions or more information, contact Rachel Burgoon (509) 782-1108 or email 





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Your career in the wine industry starts and grows here.

The Foundation offers a variety of scholarships appropriate for every stage of life.



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