2018 Wine Scholarships Application

Thank you for your interest in applying for a Wine Scholarship from the Wine Business Institute at Sonoma State University.  Contact Jessica Pozzi with any questions.  707-664-3347 or Jessica.pozzi@sonoma.edu

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#1 -  Charlie Palmer’s Pigs & Pinot Annual Scholarship for Students in Wine Business - $10,000
Charlie Palmer’s Pigs & Pinot Annual Scholarship will provide one scholarship annually for an undergraduate or graduate student concentrating in Wine Business. Charlie Palmer’s Pigs & Pinot has graciously donated this scholarship in hopes of making a difference in one local North Coast wine region student’s life. The recipient of this scholarship will demonstrate the following qualities: a passion for the industry and its products, a commitment to wine education, and high ethical standard within the field of wine.   Recipients must show financial need and be a North Coast wine region resident.  The scholarship will provide a one-time $10,000 award to pay for tuition, books, fees, housing and other expenses to support the student’s career advancement and educational accomplishment.

Eligibility Requirements:
  • Applicants must be enrolled or accepted for full- or part time study in the MBA or Bachelor’s Degree program with a concentration in wine business.
  • Applicants must have a minimum overall 3.0 grade point average (GPA) in their last 60 units of completed coursework.
  • Scholarship recipients will demonstrate through their application that they embody the locality, financial need as well as passion and commitment for the industry, as noted above. 
  • Applicants must reside in one of the North Coast wine regions: Napa County, Sonoma County, Mendocino County, and Lake County. 
Application Process:
  • Application deadline for the fall 2018 award is February 23rd, 2018. 

  • Selected applicants will then be interviewed by the scholarship committee of the School of Business and Economics who will make a selection and inform the stewards of the Pigs and Pinot Scholarship Fund of their choice.

  • Scholarship recipients may also be asked to meet with representatives from Charlie Palmer’s Pigs and Pinot Scholarship Fund at some point during their scholarship period and/or meet them at Sonoma State University’s Annual Scholarship Reception to share their story.

  • Within 21 days of the close of the semester covered by the award, the recipient will send a letter to the stewards of the Fund, identifying key lessons learned during the award semester and explaining their impact and value for the student recipient.

  • Recipient of the 2016 scholarship will attend Charlie Palmer’s Pigs & Pinot at Hotel Healdsburg (usually held during the 2nd weekend in March) and work in conjunction with Daryl Groom and his wine team on events throughout the weekend.
Funding: 
  • The award will be distributed in two installments.

  • The first distribution will be made during August of 2018.

  • The second distribution will be made in January 2019.

  • In the event that the awardee fails to remain in the program, all undistributed funds will be forfeited.

    
#2 - The Donn P. Reisen Scholarship for MBA Students in Wine Business - $5,000
The Donn P. Reisen Scholarship Fund is intended to provide financial support for one or more full- or part-time students who are currently enrolled or accepted as an MBA student with a concentration in wine business. The recipient of this scholarship will demonstrate the qualities that made Donn Reisen an industry leader: a passion for the industry and its products, a commitment to wine education, and the warmth and generosity that allowed him to connect with so many over his legendary career.

Eligibility Requirements:
  • Applicants must be enrolled or accepted for full- or part time study in the MBA with a concentration in wine business.

  • Applicants must have a minimum overall 3.0 grade point average (GPA) in their last 60 units of completed coursework.

  • Scholarship recipients will demonstrate through their application that they embody the spirit and intention of Donn Reisen, as noted above. 
    
 Application Process:
  • Application deadline for the fall 2018 award is February 23rd, 2018.
     
  • Selected applicants will then be interviewed by the scholarship committee of the School of Business and Economics who will make a selection and inform the stewards of the Donn P. Reisen Scholarship Fund of their choice.

  • Scholarship recipients may also be asked to meet with representatives from the Donn P. Reisen Scholarship Fund at some point during their scholarship period and/or meet them at Sonoma State University’s Annual Scholarship Reception to share their story.

  • Within 21 days of the close of the semester covered by the award, the recipient will send a letter to the stewards of the Fund, identifying key lessons learned during the award semester and explaining their impact and value for the student recipient.
Funding:
  • The award will be distributed in two installments.

  • The first distribution will be made during August of 2018.

  • The second distribution will be made in January 2019.

  • In the event that the awardee fails to remain in the program, all undistributed funds will be forfeited.

    
#3 - The Liz Thach Wine Industry Scholarship - $1,500 
The Liz Thach Wine Industry Scholarship is intended to provide financial support to SSU students majoring in wine business.

Eligibility Requirements:
  • Must be a student enrolled and pursuing a degree in Business Administration with a concentration in wine business.

  • Applicants must have a minimum overall 3.0 grade point average (GPA) in their last 60 units of completed coursework.
 Application Process:
  • Application deadline for the fall 2018 award is February 23rd, 2018. 

  • Selected applicants will then be interviewed by the scholarship committee of the School of Business and Economics who will make a selection and inform the stewards of the Liz Thach Wine Industry Scholarship Fund of their choice.

  • Within 21 days of the close of the semester covered by the award, the recipient will send a letter to the stewards of the Fund, identifying key lessons learned during the award semester and explaining their impact and value for the student recipient.

Funding: 
  • The award will be distributed in two installments.

  • The first distribution will be made during August of 2018.

  • The second distribution will be made in January 2019.

  • In the event that the awardee fails to remain in the program, all undistributed funds will be forfeited.

    
#4 - La Tosh Wine Scholarship - $2,000 
The LaTosh Wine Scholarship has been graciously donated by School of Business & Economics Faculty Member, Liz Thach and her husband. 

Eligibility Requirements:
  • Must be a student enrolled and pursuing a degree in Business Administration with a concentration in wine business and have already completed at least one wine class at SSU. 

  • Must have wine industry work experience. 

  • Must have a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA or above.  
 Application Process: 
  • Application deadline for the fall 2018 award is February 23rd, 2018. 

  • Selected applicants will then be interviewed by the scholarship committee of the School of Business and Economics who will make a selection and inform the stewards of the LaTosh Scholarship Fund of their choice.

  • Within 21 days of the close of the semester covered by the award, the recipient will send a letter to the stewards of the Fund, identifying key lessons learned during the award semester and explaining their impact and value for the student recipient.

Funding: 
  • The award will be distributed in two installments.

  • The first distribution will be made during August of 2018.

  • The second distribution will be made in January 2019.

  • In the event that the awardee fails to remain in the program, all undistributed funds will be forfeited.

    
#5 - Southern Wine & Spirits of America Wine Business Scholarship Fund - (2) $10,000 
The Southern Wine & Spirits of America Wine Business Scholarship Fund will provide two scholarships for undergraduate or graduate Wine Business Students at the School Business and Economics. The students will maintain a 3.0 or better GPA. The recipients of these scholarships will demonstrate through their application materials a current career (or plan toward a future career) in the wine industry, a strong work ethic, demonstrated human relationship skills and a passion for the wine industry.  The scholarship will provide two $10,000 awards that may pay for tuition, books, fees, housing and other expenses to support the student’s career advancement and educational accomplishment.

Eligibility Requirements:
  • Applicants must be enrolled or accepted for full or part time study in the MBA or Bachelor’s Degree program with a concentration in wine business.

  • Applicants must have a minimum overall 3.0 grade point average (GPA) in their last 60 units of completed coursework.

  • The recipients of these scholarships will demonstrate through their application materials a current career (or plan toward a future career) in the wine industry, a strong work ethic, demonstrated human relationship skills and a passion for the wine industry.
 Application Process:
  • Application deadline for the fall 2018 award is February 23rd, 2018. 

  • Selected applicants will then be interviewed by the scholarship committee of the School of Business and Economics who will make a selection and inform the stewards of the Southern Wine & Spirits of America Wine Business Scholarship Fund of their choice.

  • Scholarship recipients may also be asked to meet with representatives from Southern Wine & Spirits of America Scholarship Fund at some point during their scholarship period and/or meet them at Sonoma State University’s Annual Scholarship Reception to share their story.

  • Within 21 days of the close of the semester covered by the award, the recipient will send a letter to the stewards of the Fund, identifying key lessons learned during the award semester and explaining their impact and value for the student recipient.

Funding: 
  • The award will be distributed in two installments.

  • The first distribution will be made during August of 2018.

  • The second distribution will be made in January 2019.

  • In the event that the awardee fails to remain in the program, all undistributed funds will be forfeited.

     
#6 - The Vintage Wine Estates Wine MBA Scholarship - $5,000 
The The Vintage Wine Estates Scholarship Fund is intended to provide financial support for one or more students working in the wine industry, who have been accepted into the Wine MBA program beginning in the fall semester of each year. The applicants for this scholarship will demonstrate through their application materials thoughtful professional goals, insight into the challenges of underrepresented populations in the wine industry and a desire to help others reach their goals as they advance in their career.  

The scholarship will provide an award of $5,000 to pay for tuition.  At the discretion of the scholarship committee, the award may be split between two excellent candidates, providing $2,500 to each of them.

Eligibility Requirements:
  • Applicants must be accepted into the Wine MBA program beginning fall semester. 

  • Applicants must currently be employed in the Wine Industry or effectively demonstrate desire to join the Wine Industry.
 Application Process:
  • Application deadline for the fall 2018 award is February 23rd, 2018.

  • Selected applicants will then be interviewed by the scholarship committee of the School of Business and Economics who will make a selection and inform the stewards of the Vintage Wine Estates Scholarship Fund of their choice.

  • Scholarship recipients may also be asked to meet with representatives from the Vintage Wine Estates Scholarship Fund at some point during their scholarship period and/or meet them at Sonoma State University’s Annual Scholarship Reception to share their story.

  • Within 21 days of the close of the semester covered by the award, the recipient will send a letter to the stewards of the Fund, identifying key lessons learned during the award semester and explaining their impact and value for the student recipient.

Funding: 
  • The award will be distributed in two installments.

  • The first distribution will be made during August of 2018.

  • The second distribution will be made in January 2019.

  • In the event that the awardee fails to remain in the program, all undistributed funds will be forfeited.


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