Nearly $12,000 in scholarships has been awarded by the Washington Wine Industry Foundation to eight students hoping to join the Washington wine industry following their studies in grape and wine related fields.
The foundation’s mission is to strengthen the future of the Washington wine industry by advancing research, education, and leadership. WWIF helps coordinate, manage and promote scholarships and grants given by the wine and grape industry, as well as to develop resources for new ones.
The funds were awarded from three scholarships: the Walter J. Clore Scholarship, the Horse Heaven Hills Wine Growers Scholarship and the S. W. (Bill) Preston Scholarship.
The Walter J. Clore scholarship was started in 1997 by the Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers to recognize and honor the research and lifetime achievements of Dr. Clore. This year a total of $5,900 was distributed in scholarships to Allison Baker, Adam Bright, Bhanu Priya Donda, Lyle Dowsett, Kenneth McMahon and Taylor Oswald.
· Allison Baker from Mercer Island, Washington is working to complete her Ph.D. in food science at Washington State University.
· Adam Bright, from Caldwell, Idaho, is a senior in the viticulture and enology program at Washington State University, where he is working to become a winemaker.
· Bhanu Priya Donda, from India, is pursuing her Ph.D. with Dr. Naidu Rayapati at Washington State University.
· Lyle Dowsett from Touchet, Washington is entering his freshmen year at UC Davis to study viticulture and enology. Dowsett is the third generation of his family to go into the wine business.
· Kenneth McMahon, from Ft. Thomas, Ky. is pursuing an advanced degree in food science at Washington State University.
· Taylor Oswald from Walla Walla, Washington is pursuing an advanced degree in food science at Washington State University.
Two students received a Horse Heaven Hills Wine Growers scholarship, designated for students from the Yakima, Klickitat or Benton counties. Both students were awarded $1,500.
· Braden Mortensen graduated from Yakima Valley Community College with two AA degrees in viticulture and enology. He plans on continuing his studies to earn a Bachelor’s degree in business administration with a focus on someday owning a winery.
· Jensena Newhouse is attending Yakima Valley Community College in the vineyard and winery technology program.
Adam Bright also received the S.W. (Bill) Preston scholarship, which is a memorial offered by Preston Premium Wines and Preston Vineyards and provides $3,000 to a student studying in Washington.