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Scholarship Opportunities

The School of Business and Economics is pleased to announce the following scholarship opportunities for students in our wine business and MBA programs. Please read each description below to determine your eligibility and to learn how to apply.

The Concierge Alliance of Napa Valley and Sonoma Scholarship for Students in Wine Business

The Concierge Alliance of Napa Valley and Sonoma Scholarship will provide one scholarship for a student that is enrolled or enrolling in the Direct to Consumer Certificate. The recipient of this scholarship will demonstrate the following qualities: a passion for hospitality in the wine industry and be currently working, or has a strong desire to work in, this area of wine business. Recipients must show financial need and be a Sonoma or Napa County resident. The scholarship will provide a one-time $1,200 award to pay enrollment fees and other expenses to support the student's career advancement and educational accomplishment.

Who: Enrolled or enrolling in the Direct to Consumer Certificate program offered through the Wine Business Institute.
What: One individual scholarship of $1,200 will be awarded.
When: Application deadline for the Fall 2015 award is Friday April 24, 2015.
How: Turn in completed application to Jessica Pozzi, Wine Business Institute Coordinator, in STEV 2015.

Download the Concierge Alliance of Napa Valley and Sonoma Scholarship for Students in Wine Business overview and application here (pdf).


The La Tosh Wine Business Scholarship

After teaching wine business at Sonoma State University for more than a decade and being inspired by the brilliance and enthusiasm of the students pursuing a wine business degree, Dr. Liz Thach, MW, joined by her husband, Michael Thach, decided to establish the La Tosh Wine Business Scholarship. Designed to honor and support wine business majors, the scholarship is provided on an annual basis to assist students in paying for books and/or partial tuition/fee expenses to pursue a degree and/or attend the annual SSU international wine business trip to an exciting global wine region.

Who: Applicants must be enrolled or accepted for full or part time study in an undergraduate program within the School of Business and Economics concentrating in Wine Business. Must also have wine industry experience and a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above.
What: One individual scholarship of $1,000 will be awarded.
When: Application deadline for the fall 2015 award is Friday April 24, 2015.
How: Turn in completed application to Jessica Pozzi, Wine Business Institute Coordinator, in STEV 2015.


Download the La Tosh Wine Business Scholarship for Students in Wine Business overview and application here (pdf).

Donn P. Reisen Scholarship Fund

The Donn P. Reisen Scholarship Fund is intended to provide financial support for one or more full-or part-time students who are currently enrolled or accepted as an MBA student with a concentration in wine business strategies. The recipient of the scholarship will demonstrate the qualities that made Donn Reisen an industry leader: passion for the industry and its products, a commitment to wine education, and the warmth and generosity that allowed him to connect with so many over his legendary career.

Who: Current or accepted MBA students with a concentration in wine business and a 3.0 GPA in their last 60 units of coursework.
What: One $5,000 or two individual scholarships of up to $2,500 will be awarded.
When: Application deadline for the fall 2015 award is Friday April 24, 2015.
How: Turn in completed application to Jessica Pozzi, Wine Business Institute Coordinator, in STEV 2015.

Download the Donn P. Reisen Scholarship for MBA students overview and application here (pdf).

Women for WineSense Scholarship

As part of their mission, Women for WineSense actively promotes wine education and devotes time each year for fundraising and shares the proceeds with local colleges and universities. The Women for WineSense Scholarship Fund is intended to provide financial support for one full- or part-time student who is currently enrolled or accepted as a student with a concentration in wine business. The recipient of the scholarship must be actively pursuing a Bachelors or Masters level degree in wine business.

Who: Current undergraduate or graduate female students with a concentration in wine business and a 3.0 GPA in their last 60 units of coursework.
What: One individual scholarship of up to $2,500 will be awarded.
When: Application deadline for the fall 2015 award is Friday April 24, 2015.
How: Turn in completed application to Jessica Pozzi, Wine Business Institute Coordinator, in STEV 2015.
Download the Women for WineSense Scholarship for female students overview and application (pdf).

Charlie Palmer's Pigs & Pinot Annual Scholarship for Students in Wine Business

Charlie Palmer's Pigs and Pinot Annual Scholarship will provide one scholarship annually for an undergraduate or graduate student concentrating in Wine Business. Charlie Palmer's Pigs & Pinot has graciously donated this scholarship in hopes of making a difference in one local Sonoma County student's life. The recipient of this scholarship will demonstrate the following qualities: a passion for the industry and its products, a commitment to wine education, and high ethical standards within the field of wine. Recipients must show financial need and be a Sonoma County resident. The scholarship will provide a one-time $10,000 award to pay for tuition, books, fees, housing and other expenses to support the student's career advancement and educational accomplishment.

Who: Current undergraduate or graduate students with a concentration in wine business and a 3.0 GPA in their last 60 units of coursework.
What: One individual scholarship of up to $10,000 will be awarded.
When: Application deadline for the fall 2015 award is Friday April 24, 2015.
How: Turn in completed application to Jessica Pozzi, Wine Business Institute Coordinator, in STEV 2015.
Download the Charlie Palmer's Pigs & Pinot Annual Scholarship for Students in Wine Business application and overview (pdf).


Rhone Rangers Scholarship Fund

The Rhone Rangers is America's leading non-profit organization dedicated to promoting American Rhone varietal wines. Their mission is to educate the public on Rhone varietal wine grapes grown in America and to promote the production and enjoyment of these wines, with emphasis on integration into our daily lives. The recipient of this scholarship will demonstrate their knowledge, understanding and support of these unique wines. The scholarship will provide a one-time $3,000 award to pay enrollment fees and other expenses to support the applicant's career advancement and educational accomplishment.

Who: Must be a student enrolled or accepted for full or part-time study in the MBA or Execute MBA or Certificate program with a concentration in wine business.
What: A one-time $3,000 award to pay enrollment fees and other expenses to support the applicant's career advancement and educational accomplishment.
When: Application deadline for the fall 2015 award is Friday April 24, 2015.
How: Turn in completed application to Jessica Pozzi, Wine Business Institute Coordinator, in STEV 2015.

Download the Rhone Rangers Scholarship for Students in Wine Business application and overview(pdf).


Terra FOSSIL/ Stomp Out Student Loans (SOSL) Scholarship

STOMP OUT STUDENT LOANS is a project funded by Terra FOSSIL Wines with the sole purpose of putting an end to the student loan epidemic and providing graduates with debt relief. This nation is currently buried by $1 TRILLION dollars in student loan debt, which overshadows the country's current credit debt that is just shy of $800 billion. Terra FOSSIL donates a portion of every bottle of wine sold through STOMP OUT STUDENT LOAN campaigns to scholarship programs at partnering colleges and universities to ease financial burden and cultivate conversation that will raise awareness of this country's growing epidemic of student loan debt.

Who: Must be a student studying business or business with a wine strategies concentration?
What: A one-time $1,000 award to pay enrollment fees and other expenses to support the applicant's career advancement and educational accomplishment.
When: Application deadline for the fall 2015 award is Friday April 24, 2015.
How: Turn in completed application to Jessica Pozzi, Wine Business Institute Coordinator, in STEV 2015.

Download the Terral FOSSIL Scholarship for Students in Wine Business application and overview(pdf).

Small Winery Harvest Internship Scholarship

The Small Winery Harvest Internship Scholarship is intended to provide financial support for one or two, full- or part-time students, currently enrolled as a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration student with a concentration in wine business strategies. It is intended for student seeking to complete a full-time fall harvest internship at a small winery (under 10,000 cases). A list of local wineries will be provided to the scholarship recipient by the School of Business and Economics from which the student will source an internship. Full-time harvest positions are typically more than 40 hours/week and require early morning and late night work; it is highly recommended that the scholarship recipient schedule only the internship course during the fall semester.

Who: Applicant must be enrolled in full- or part time study in the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree program with a concentration in wine business strategies.
What: A one-time $12,000 award to support one or two students financially during the harvest internship.
When: Application deadline for the fall 2015 award is Friday April 24, 2015.
How: Turn in completed application to Jessica Pozzi, Wine Business Institute Coordinator, in STEV 2015.
Download the Small Winery Harvest Internship Scholarship for Student in Wine Business application and overview.












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