2019-2020 Wine Scholarships Application

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DEADLINE: February 28th, 2019


Thank you for your interest in applying for a Wine Scholarship from the Wine Business Institute at Sonoma State University. Contact Emily Porter  with any questions. 707-664-3347 or porter@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 2019-20 award is February 28th, 2019

  • 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 2019-20 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 2019.

  • The second distribution will be made in January 2020.

  • 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 2019-20 award is February 28th, 2019
  • 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 2019.

  • The second distribution will be made in January 2020.

  • 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 - $2,250
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 2019-20 award is February 28th, 2019.

  • 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 2019.

  • The second distribution will be made in January 2020.

  • 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 2019-20 award is February 28th, 2019.

  • 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 2019.

  • The second distribution will be made in January 2020.

  • 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 2019-20 award is February 28th, 2019.

  • 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 2019.

  • The second distribution will be made in January 2020.

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

     
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