WINE FOUNDATION AWARDS SCHOLARSHIPS
Scholarships have been awarded to 11 students totaling $27,000 pursuing careers in the wine industry. The Washington Wine Industry Foundation made the awards from the following funds:
- Walter J. Clore Scholarship – Established in 1997 by the Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers to recognize and honor the research and lifetime
achievements of this pioneering Washington vintner. Seven students were awarded Clore Scholarships.
- Foundation Fund Scholarship – Established in 2013 as an endowed fund by the WWIF Board of Directors.
- Horse Heaven Hills Wine Growers Scholarship – Awards students from the Horse Heaven Hills AVA (American Viticulture Area, comprised of lands in Yakima,
Klickitat and Benton counties).
Scholarship awardees include:
- Jati Adiputra is a PhD candidate in Plant Pathology at WSU conducting research into plant diseases, supporting our state’s clean plant
work and improving management of grapevine red blotch disease. Jati was awarded the Clore Scholarship.
- Jesse Aplin is a PhD candidate in the Food Science at WSU conducting research to better understand how spoilage organisms such as
non-saccharomyces yeasts may be harnessed to actually improve product quality and safety, and to develop products that ease industry impact
on the environment. Jesse was awarded the Foundation Fund Scholarship.
- Zachary Cartwright is a PhD candidate in Food Science at WSU researching solutions to decrease the viability of Brettanomyces bruxellenses (a
yeast that particularly affects red wine quality) in both vineyards and different types of oak barrels. Zachary was awarded the Foundation Fund
- Rachel Ensign will begin her studies this fall pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in the V&E Program at WSU. Rachel is interested
in both the science and creativity of wine, and will enjoy an internship at Goose Ridge Estate Vineyards this summer. Rachel was awarded the Clore
and a Foundation Fund Scholarships.
- Emma Gunderson will begin her studies this fall pursuing an Associate of Arts degree at Big Bend Community College, after which she
plans to enter the V&E program at WSU Tri-Cities. Emma is interested in the hospitality side of the industry, and plans to minor in Hospitality
Management. Emma was awarded the Foundation Fund Scholarship.
- Caroline Merrell is a PhD candidate in the Food Science program at WSU. Working under Dr. Jim Harbertson, Caroline helped successfully
develop a method to quickly and inexpensively separate wine tannins and anthocyanins, and is now using this methodology to understand factors that
stabilize wine color, contribute to wine mouth feel, and affect tannin size distribution with berry maturity and wine aging. Caroline was awarded
the Horse Heaven Hills Wine Growers and Foundation Fund Scholarship.
- Alexis Newman will begin her studies this fall pursuing a degree in Business Management with a focus on the wine industry. Growing
up in the Tri-Cities, Alexis has seen first-hand the widespread economic impact and growth of the Washington wine industry, and she looks forward
to making her own mark on the industry. Alexis was awarded the Clore and Foundation Fund Scholarships.
- Carina Ocampo will be a senior this year in the V&E Department at WSU studying pests, diseases, and viruses under Dr. Naidu Rayapati.
Her research project, Gambling with Grafting, recently won first place at the Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers Annual Meeting
& Convention. Carina plans to continue her education with a Master’s Degree following graduation. Carina was awarded the Clore, Horse Heaven
Hills Wine Growers and Foundation Fund Scholarships.
- Megan Schumaker is pursuing a Master’s degree in the Food Science program at WSU. Megan is conducting research on the sensory properties
of Brettanomyces bruxellensis in both the United States and Portugal to understand consumer acceptance and preference in both countries.
Megan was awarded the Clore Scholarship.
- Megan Wade is pursuing a Master’s degree in the Food Science program at WSU. Under Dr. Charles Edwards, Megan is researching how nutrition
of the grape must, specifically nitrogen levels, influences growth and/or spoilage by the bacteria Pediococcus in the resultant wine.
Megan was awarded the Clore Scholarship.
- Cary Wilton is pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in the V&E program at WSU. Cary dropped out of engineering school to volunteer
at a winery in Tuscany, Italy followed by internships at wineries in South Africa and then Woodinville before entering the V&E program at WSU.
This summer Cary will continue studying abroad in Toulouse, France. Cary was awarded the Clore and Foundation Fund Scholarships.
The Foundation’s mission is to strengthen the future of the Washington wine industry by advancing education, research, and leadership. WWIF helps coordinate, manage and promote scholarships and grants given by the wine and grape industry, and develops resources to enable new ones