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WSWA Educational Foundation Announces 40 College Scholarship Winners

Awards Presented to Children of Wholesaler Employees
October 01, 2015

The WSWA Educational Foundation today announced it has awarded 40 scholarships to college-going dependents of member wholesalers for the 2015-2016 school year.

The WSWA Educational Foundation is the charitable arm of the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA). The foundation helps support the college careers of children of the WSWA member firm employees.

“The WSWA Educational Foundation is thrilled to provide $80,000 in scholarships this year,” said WSWA President and CEO Craig Wolf. “We’re happy to report that this is a 78 percent increase from last year. The foundation’s college scholarship program is one of many ways the association and its members unite and give back to the industry and their employee families.”

2015-2016 scholarship recipients include:

· Briauna Brown-Harrison; Allied Beverage Group; New Jersey

· Nicholas Blevens; Athens Distributing Co.; Tennessee

· Cameron LeBlanc; Beverage Distributors - The Charmer Sunbelt Group; Colorado

· Alexa Masi; Connecticut Distributors - The Charmer Sunbelt Group; Connecticut

· Alyssa Ange; Empire Merchants North - The Charmer Sunbelt Group; New York

· Kelly O'Donnell; Fedway Associates; New Jersey

· Macie Maulbetsch; General Beverage Sales Co.; Wisconsin

· Brittany Santiago; General Beverage Sales Co.; Wisconsin

· Victoria Gilooly; Glazer's; Tennessee

· Alexis Courtney; Great Lakes Wine & Spirits; Michigan

· Shelby Crow; Great Lakes Wine & Spirits; Michigan

· Crystal Jajjo; Great Lakes Wine & Spirits; Michigan

· Joseph Colagrossi; Hartley & Parker Limited, Inc.; Connecticut

· Angela Plourde; Hartley & Parker Limited, Inc.; Connecticut

· Nicole Malone; Horizon Beverage Group; Massachusetts

· Christopher Cochran; National Distributing Co.; Georgia

· Megan Manning; National Distributing Co.; Georgia

· Ayla Wing; National Wine & Spirits - Republic National Distributing Company; Michigan

· Greg Messina; Opici Family Distributing; New Jersey

· Shannen Murray; Opici Family Distributing; Florida

· Pamela Betancourt; Premier Beverage Co. - The Charmer Sunbelt Group; Florida

· Anna Kovach; R & R Marketing - The Charmer Sunbelt Group; New Jersey

· Joshua Burr; Republic National Distributing Company; South Carolina

· Danielle Dyer; Republic National Distributing Company; Nebraska

· Jessica Martinez; Republic National Distributing Company; Texas

· Marietta Miller; Republic National Distributing Company; Kentucky

· Emily Newton; Republic National Distributing Company; Colorado

· Lisa Schwartz; Republic National Distributing Company; Kentucky

· Alexandra Valby; Republic National Distributing Company; Florida

· Maya Baram; Southern Wine & Spirits; Florida

· Jillian Bergida; Southern Wine & Spirits; Florida

· Sara Bergida; Southern Wine & Spirits; Florida

· Anthony Cardona; Southern Wine & Spirits; Florida

· Stephanie Chee; Southern Wine & Spirits; California

· Bailee Hiatt; Southern Wine & Spirits; California

· Jalene Jizdeortega; Southern Wine & Spirits; California

· Aubrie Perry; Southern Wine & Spirits; California

· Christopher Shin; Southern Wine & Spirits; California

· Taylour Butler; United-Johnson Brothers; Georgia

· Julia Anderson; Wirtz Beverage Group; Illinois

Scholarship Program Background

All applicants must be a dependent of a full-time employee working for a WSWA wholesaler member company. Applicants must be attending a four-year accredited college or university, or an accredited community college or junior college full time during the 2015-2016 academic year, pursuing an undergraduate or associate degree.

Now in its sixth year, the WSWA Educational Foundation has provided $230,000 in scholarships to 118 students since its inception.

A video including interviews with past winners can be viewed here.

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