Scholarships are key to encouraging the future education of students in the fields of viticulture and enology. Part of the foundationís mission is to help coordinate, manage and promote scholarships and grants given by the wine grape industry, as well as to develop resources for new ones. The foundation serves as an umbrella organization on behalf of the wine grape industry to ensure contributions made by the industry are carefully managed and fully recognized.
Walter J. Clore Scholarship
The Walter J. Clore Scholarship was established in 1997 by the Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers (WAWGG) in honor of Dr. Clore's grape research and lifetime achievements in the field of viticulture and enology. Working with growers, Dr. Clore and his colleagues published information on grape varieties, diseases, insects, mineral nutrition, irrigation, cover crops, weed control and climatological effects, including winter injury. He tested various trellis designs, which eventually led to the widespread adoption of mechanical harvesting. More than any other individual, Dr. Clore has had a profound and lasting impact on the Washington wine industry. The number of awards is determined annually and scholarships range from $500-$2000.
Horse Heaven Hills Scholarship
The Horse Heaven Hills Wine Growers offers two (2) $1,500 scholarships for students who are residents of Benton, Klickitat or Yakima counties and interested in the study of viticulture and/or enology. Preference will be given to students with a parent employed in the Washington wine industry as demonstrated by a letter from parentís employer. The scholarship was established by members of the HHHWG group who are dedicated to promoting education of the grape growing and wine producing industry in Washington.
Foundation Fund Scholarship
The Foundation Fund was established in June 2013 as an endowed fund by the WWIF Board of Directors. With confirmation from respective families, the Charles Lill, Michael Manz, Glenn Coogan, and John Farmer funds plus the Industry Need and Rainy Day Funds were used to create the initial endowment. Number of awards is determined annually and may be made in amounts from $1000.