2021 The Charles Woodson & O'Neill Family Wine Scholarship Application

DEADLINE: February 1, 2021

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. porter@sonoma.edu

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The Charles Woodson & O’Neill Family Wine Scholarship Award
– Wine Business Undergraduate Studen

  • The scholarship aims to recruit and retain high-achieving Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) interested in pursuing a career in the wine industry. The scholarship will be available to a student accepted at Sonoma State for the upcoming Fall 2021 semester.  

  • Applicants for this scholarship will demonstrate through their essay thoughtful professional goals in the wine industry, challenges that they have faced as a member of an underrepresented population, 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 application period begins November 1st for the next academic year. The deadline to submit the materials is February 1, 2021. 

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Applicants must be a continuing student or a new degree-seeking undergraduate student who has applied for admission and is planning to attend SSU full-time. 

  • Applicants must have a minimum overall 2.5 GPA in his/her/their high school (if a first-time freshman) or college-level coursework (if a current college student). (GPA will be verified through Sonoma State University's Admissions and Records Office.)

  • Applicants will only be considered whose demonstrated intent is to earn a B.S. degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Wine Business Strategies in the School of Business and Economics.

  • Applicants are required to submit an essay and a resume.

  • Formal admission to SSU is not required to apply.

  • The scholarship will cover 100% of the tuition and room and board to support the recipient over their entire college career.  O’Neill Vintners & Distillers will provide internships and mentoring to offer hands-on learning opportunities for scholarship recipients to enhance their college experience in the wine industry.

Application Process: 

  • After review of the materials submitted, selected applicants may be interviewed by the scholarship committee, including available representatives of the Charles Woodson & O’Neill Family Wine Scholarship fund.


  • Before October 1st, 2021, the recipient will compose a letter for the Wine Business Institute and stewards of the scholarship, identifying key lessons learned during the first months of study and the benefits made possible by the scholarship.


  • The recipient is expected to participate in wine industry internships and mentoring with wine industry professionals.


  • The recipient is expected to attend a few meetings and events during their studies to share their experience with stakeholders of the Charles Woodson & O’Neill Family Wine Scholarship fund and the Wine Business Institute at Sonoma State.


  • The award will be distributed in two installments per academic year.


  • In the event that the awardee fails to maintain a career path in or into the wine industry and not embark or continue studies in the Wine Business Program in the School of Business and Economics, all undistributed funds will be forfeited and awarded to a future recipient.

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