The Wine Society of Texas will once again offer the scholarship grant providing up to $10,000 in assistance for the wine education, internship or field study, and appreciation of wine through education.
The Wine Society of Texas (WST), a 501c3 non-profit educational organization, announced that it is accepting applications for its 2016 Scholarship Grant Program. In order to apply for the grant, individuals must be doing one of the following:
- Attending institutions in the State of Texas studying viticulture and oenology
- Pursuing winery internships in Texas
- Involved with Texas winemaking or field studies / wine education
- Involved in promoting the education of grape growing and wine making in the State of Texas.
Grants may be given depending on the quality of requests in the amount totaling up to $10,000 by the Wine Society of Texas. The scholarship program is consistent with the founding idea of WST and its continuing mission to promote Texas winemakers and grape growers, enhance the appreciation of wines, foster the knowledge of oenology and viticulture, and support charitable activities.
Ms. Shirley Choate, WST President, said, “The WST Scholarship program offers financial assistance for tuition, books, or for related travel expenses for individuals registered or in a program of study with a Texas university or college offering accredited courses in viticulture or oenology. Financial assistance can also be provided for winery internships in Texas or for Texas winemaker studies. The funding for the WST Scholarship program is provided from charitable donations, local WST Chapter fund raising events, and various WST statewide wine events such as the wine education seminars. Our scholarship supports local Texas wine talent, which will be the future of the Texas wine and hospitality industry.”
The Wine Society of Texas has awarded over $47,000 in grants over the past 13 years. The awards have been used for a variety of purposes: research for the Texas wine industry including Pierce’s disease, Wine Symposium and Conferences, financial assistance for students attending Viticulture or Hotel Management programs, wine sommelier studies, wine marketing, and authors of books on the Texas Wine Industry.
The WST will be accepting applications up to June 18, 2016. All applications must be returned by this date, fully completed, and with all necessary documents to The Wine Society of Texas. Applicants are required to fill out the WST Scholarship Application, which will be reviewed by the WST Scholarship Committee. The committee may recommend single or multiple awards depending on the quality of applications received. All decisions will be final and applying does not guarantee receiving a grant. The WST scholarship award(s) will be announced in the summer of 2016.
For more information about the scholarship program or the WST please visit the website at www.winesocietyoftexas.org.