NAPA Valley Vintners Scholarship 2021

Napa Valley Vintners Scholarship program was established by the Napa Valley Vintners, a California non profit corporation, in partnership with UNCF to provide scholarships to eligible applicants who are pursuing a degree related to the wine industry.

To qualify for the Napa Valley Vintners Scholarship program, applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  1. Be Black/African American, Latinx, Indigenous/Native American, Asian American, or Pacific Islander;
  2. Possess a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale;
  3. Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid ("FAFSA") form and have a demonstrated unmet financial need as verified by their college or university;
  4. Be entering freshmen, sophomores, juniors, seniors or graduate students and enrolled full-time commencing fall 2021 at any one of the following institutions that have an established wine related program of study: 

    University of California-Davis in Davis, Napa Valley College in Napa, Sonoma State University in Rohnert Park or California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo in San Luis Obispo. The institutions have mentorship, internship and career placement programs in place to help students succeed in their careers beyond their studies. 

  5. Pursue a degree in viticulture, enology, business administration, marketing, sales, finance, wine related hospitality, agriculture, wine making or a related major.

In addition, applicants must submit the Napa Valley Vintners Scholarship program online application, complete with a letter of recommendation, a written one-page personal statement of their wine-related career interest, and a current transcript by the application deadline, 6/30/2021.

Selected students will receive up to $5,000 need-based Scholarship. The scholarship is renewable through graduation based on availability of funds and upon meeting the following eligibility criteria:

  1. Maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale;
  2. Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid ("FAFSA") form and have a demonstrated unmet financial need as verified by their college or university;
  3. Continue to be enrolled full-time at any U.S. accredited institutions that have an established wine-related program of study.
  4. Provide a verification document of prior-year completion and participation of wine studies program requirements;
  5. Continue to pursue a degree in viticulture and enology, business administration, marketing, sales, finance, wine related hospitality, agriculture, wine making or a related major.

The maximum amount of eligibility for any recipient is four years. A given student will be eligible for up to three additional years, continually funded, after the initial award.

For additional questions, please contact Girmu Habte.

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