August 1 through November 1, 2022, the application period is open for the Texas Hill Country Wine Industry Scholarship Program, sponsored by Texas Hill Country Wineries (THCW), a nonprofit that preserves and promotes Texas wine. Texas residents enrolled in an approved school or college program related to the wine industry can apply. Texas residents enrolled in an approved school or college program related to the wine industry can apply here (Google form) through November 1, 2022.
Additional scholarship criteria for each applicant includes:
- Must be a graduating high school senior enrolled in related wine industry program OR current college student enrolled in a related wine industry program
- Submission of completed application form
- Submission of three letters of recommendation from non-family members
- Proof of enrollment
Scholarship recipients will be notified in December 2022 and receive their checks and certificates at the THCW Symposium in January 2023.
“We’re grateful for those who have so generously helped to support the Texas Hill Country Wine Scholarship program,” said January Wiese, Executive Director of Texas Hill Country Wineries. “As an organization, we’re proud to give back to students and focus on the future growth of the wine industry through the next generation.”
The Texas Hill Country Wine Scholarship program began in 2016 as a way for THCW to continue its commitment to supporting industry education and the advancement of Texas wine. In total, more than $55,500 has been awarded to 47 students. Funding for the scholarship is made possible by a portion of proceeds from three of the THCW Passport events, the Texas Wine Jam and Golf Tournament, as well as individual, winery and business donations.
“This scholarship program is a fantastic way to support the future and continued growth of the wine industry in Texas. This type of industry support serves as not only financial, but moral support for individuals who hope to have an impact through their research and in their future work,” said Jacy Lewis, Grad Student, Texas A&M, Horticultural Sciences, 2021 scholarship recipient.
Texas Hill Country Wineries
Texas Hill Country Wineries (THCW) is a nonprofit community organization that preserves and promotes Texas Wines. The THCW contributes to the quality of life in and around the Texas Hill Country through its nationally recognized wine trails and events. Representing over 60 unique and independent wineries, THCW is committed to promoting industry advancement and consumer awareness through event and agricultural programs.