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Rabo AgriFinance Establishes Collegiate Wine Scholarship

Posted on July 11, 2019

 SANTA ROSA, CALIF. (July 10, 2019) – Rabo AgriFinance has made a donation to Sonoma State University to establish a new scholarship that supports students working toward careers in the wine industry. The agribusiness lender made the announcement today at the Wine Business Institute Research Summit held at Sonoma State University in Rohnert Park.

“The Wine Business Institute in the School of Business and Economics at Sonoma State University does an excellent job preparing the future leaders of the global wine sector,” said Charles Day, managing director and business development manager at Rabo AgriFinance’s newly opened Santa Rosa office. “At Rabo AgriFinance, we hold optimism for California’s wine industry in the long term. This scholarship fund expands our contribution to wine’s great future.”

Rabo AgriFinance is a financial solutions provider for leading U.S. agricultural producers and agribusinesses. A subsidiary of the global Rabobank Group, Rabo AgriFinance couples local expertise with global sector knowledge for California’s food, agriculture, renewable energy and wine sectors.

The first $5,000 scholarship can be awarded to an undergraduate student of the Wine Business Institute in the School of Business and Economics for the 2019-2020 academic year. To be eligible, students must declare a major in Business Administration with a Concentration in Wine Business Strategies, be enrolled full time, and demonstrate their desire to advance the wine industry. Recipients may qualify for a second $5,000 scholarship in the following academic year.

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About Rabo AgriFinance

As a leading financial services provider for agricultural producers and agribusinesses in the United States, Rabo AgriFinance adds value using industry expertise, client-focused solutions, and by creating long-term business relationships. Rabo AgriFinance offers a comprehensive portfolio of services that gives producers the right products to prepare for, and take advantage of, market opportunities. This comprehensive suite of services includes loans, insurance, input finance and effective risk management products. Rabo AgriFinance is a subsidiary of Rabobank, a premier bank to the global agriculture industry and one of the world’s largest and strongest banks. Rabobank is an equal opportunity provider.

About the Wine Business Institute

The Wine Business Institute, the global leader in wine business research and education, is the first in the United States to offer an undergraduate degree (since 1998), an MBA (since 2008), and an Executive MBA (since 2012) focused on the business of wine. In 1996, the WBI was established as a unique public-private partnership between the wine industry and Sonoma State University to enable the wine community to keep pace with the changing business landscape and global wine commerce. The WBI is dedicated to training the next generation of leaders through its research and education programs. More at

About Sonoma State University

With a student population of 9,300, Sonoma State is a regionally serving public university committed to educational access and excellence. Guided by our core values and driven by a commitment to the liberal arts and sciences, Sonoma State delivers high-quality education through innovative programs that leverage the economic, cultural and natural resources of the North Bay. See more news from SSU at

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