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2021 Foundation Scholarship Application

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.


2021 Foundation Scholarship Requirements


2021 Foundation Scholarship Instructions


Use this form if you meet the criteria above regarding scholarship requirements.

2021 Foundation Scholarship Application


2021 Foundation Scholarship Letters of Recommendation Instructions


2021 Statement of Financial Need


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





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