Woodinville Wine Country Scholarship
DeLille Cellars is honored to be a founding donor of the Woodinville Wine Country Diversity Scholarship supporting the Washington State University School of Viticulture and Enology. With the goal of elevating minority voices and talent within the winemaking industry, Woodinville Wine Country has partnered with DeLille Cellars and Chateau Ste. Michelle to create an endowment through the Washington State University Viticulture & Enology Program.
The Woodinville Wine Country Diversity Scholarship will support minority and under-represented students within the program who demonstrate passion and dedication to the winegrowing and winemaking craft. Community members who would like to make a donation to grow the endowment fund for the scholarship can donate through the Washington State University Foundation.
The scholarship endowment for WSU’s Viticulture and Enology program is a “small step towards solving a bigger issue,” said Amber Schmitt, former Marketing Director of Woodinville Wine Country. The scholarship is the perfect way to support diversity and inclusion among future winemakers and industry professionals throughout Washington State.
When awarding the scholarship, special consideration will be given to students who have overcome socioeconomic obstacles, educational disadvantages or disabilities, or are the first in their family to attend college.
“This is a small but important step to creating more inclusivity and diversity within our wine community,” said Tom Dugan, CEO of DeLille Cellars. “WSU has a world-class viticulture and enology program, and we’re honored to partner with Chateau Ste. Michelle and Woodinville Wine Country in creating this scholarship. It reflects the great collaboration and community of Washington wine.”