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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  17 December 2012

Organizational

Contact:           Mr. Doug Scheiding

The Wine Society of Texas

1009 South CR 1110, Midland, Texas 79706

Tele: 210-863-3684  / email dss@winesocietyoftexas.org

                            www.WineSocietyofTexas.org 

 

The Wine Society of Texas Announces Scholarship Grant Program Awards totaling $4,000 for assistance in education and promotion of the Texas Wine Industry. 

Midland, Texas (17 December 2012) - The Wine Society of Texas (WST), a 501c3 non-profit educational organization, announced that it is awarding grants totaling $4,000 in support of five individuals from around the State.   

This scholarship assistance program is consistent with the founding ideas of WST and its continued mission to enhance the appreciation of wines, foster the knowledge of enology and viticulture, support charitable activities, and educate wine consumers throughout the State of Texas.  The funding for the WST Scholarship program is provided from charitable donations, local WST Chapter fund raising events, and annual statewide wine events/competitions. 

Following is a summary of this year’s award recipients:

$1,000 James Whitley Founder’s Grant is awarded to Deirdre Deel.  Ms. Deel is currently a student at the Conrad Hilton College and plans to use the funds to further her education for academic teaching and to hopefully become a Certified Wine Educator. 

 

$1,000 Russ Kane Grant is awarded to Rebecca Acrey.  Ms. Acrey is a student at Texas Tech in the Viticulture program and plans to become a grape grower after graduation.   She just completed an internship at Tara Vineyards in Athens, TX.

$1,000 Paul and Merrill Bonarrigo Grant is awarded to Nicole Gabler.  Ms. Gabler graduated in December from Sam Houston State University and will start at Texas A&M in the Spring.  She works at the Weimary at Grohmann Farms and is also working with local wineries to develop a regional wine trail known as The Blackland Prairie Wine Trail focusing on the German and Czech heritage around the Weimar, TX area.  

$500 Bryan Brady Memorial Grant is awarded to Joshua Fritsche. Mr. Fritsche works at the William Chris Vineyards in Hye, TX and will use the financial assistance to continue his education while making his first vintage of wine from Mourvedre grapes.

 

$500 Bryan Brady Memorial Grant is also awarded to Robyn Zachry.  Ms. Zachry plans to use the grant to help start up a German Wine import business in Houston, Texas.  The website for the new business is www.goldenoctoberimports.com

This is the eleventh consecutive year that the WST has provided grant assistance through the Scholarship Grant Program providing over $34,000 in total.  “The Wine Society is pleased to continue its long tradition of providing meaningful scholarships to worthy individuals.   This is our way of “going local” to support Texas talent and invest in the future of Texas wine.” said Ms. Elizabeth Lutton, State President of the WST. 

For more information about the scholarship program or the WST please visit the website at www.winesocietyoftexas.org or contact WST by phone (210-863-3684).

 

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  25 October 2011  

 

Organizational

Contact:         Mr. Doug Scheiding

The Wine Society of Texas

1009 South CR 1110, Midland, Texas 79706

Tele: 210-863-3684  / email dss@winesocietyoftexas.org

                        www.WineSocietyofTexas.org 

 

 

The Wine Society of Texas Announces Scholarship Grant Program Awards totaling $5,000 for assistance in education and promotion of the Texas Wine Industry. 

 

 

Midland, Texas (25 October 2011) - The Wine Society of Texas (WST), a 501c3 non-profit educational organization, announced that it is awarding grants totaling $5,000 in support of ten individuals from around the State.   

 

This scholarship assistance program is consistent with the founding ideas of WST and its continued mission to enhance the appreciation of wines, foster the knowledge of enology and viticulture, support charitable activities, and educate wine consumers throughout the State of Texas.  The funding for the WST Scholarship program is provided from charitable donations, local WST Chapter fund raising events, and annual statewide wine events/competitions. 

 

Following is a summary of this year’s award recipients:

 

$750 is awarded to Todd Webster.  Todd is currently the winemaker at Brennan Vineyards and plans to use the funds for education programs at Washington State University.

 

$750 is awarded to Rich Gold.  Rich will be enrolling in the Certificate Program in Viticulture at Texas Tech and the Agrilife Extension Service of Texas A&M University.

 

$750 is awarded to Chris Berger.  Chris is currently enrolled in the Texas Tech Viticulture/Oenology program and works at Cap Rock Winery.   

 

$750 is awarded to Anjalika Avants.  Angie attends the Conrad N. Hilton College for Hotel & Restaurant Management and hopes to focus on the wine industry after graduation.

 

$500 is awarded to Cassandra Plank. Cassandra is currently enrolled in the Texas Tech Viticulture/Oenology program as a PhD candidate. 

 

$500 is awarded to Joshua Fritsche. Joshua plans to enroll in the Texas Tech Viticulture Certificate program.    

 

$250 is awarded to Channing Fawcett. Channing is enrolled at the Conrad N. Hilton College for Hotel & Restaurant Management Masters program. 

 

$250 is awarded to Cameron Barber. Joshua is enrolled at Texas Tech University and will use the financial assistance to pay for Viticulture and Wine Production classes.

 

$250 is awarded to Spenser Igo. Spenser is enrolled in the Viticulture/Enology program at Texas Tech and is interning at McPherson Cellars.

 

$250 is awarded to Shi Wang. Shi is in the Masters Program at Texas Tech in Plant & Soil Sciences and wants to study more about grape growing.

 

 

This is the tenth consecutive year that the WST has provided grant assistance through the Scholarship Grant Program providing over $30,000 in total.  “The Wine Society of Texas is pleased to continue its long tradition of providing meaningful scholarships to worthy individuals.   This is our way of “going local” to support Texas talent and invest in the future of the Texas wine industry” said Ms. Elizabeth Lutton, State President of the WST. 

 

For more information about the scholarship program or the WST please visit the website at www.winesocietyoftexas.org or contact WST by phone (210-863-3684).

 

 

 

 

 

The Wine Society of Texas (www.winesocietyoftexas.org), headquartered in Midland, Texas, was started in 1996 and received its 501(c)3 non-profit status in 1999. It has over 150 members in five chapters around the State of Texas. The WST mission is: to enhance the appreciation of wine, especially Texas wines; educate the experienced as well as the beginning wine taster; promote the wine makers, and grape growers; foster the knowledge of oenology and viticulture; help in charitable activities throughout the state of Texas; and promote the responsible consumption of wine. The WST organizes events that promote appreciation of wine through education in a comfortable social setting with the aim of building an educated and responsible wine culture in Texas. The WST is focused on the consumers of wine in the State of Texas, providing consumer feedback to wineries, and is actively working with organizations and wineries in the State on various education programs

 

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WST SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION 2011

 

 

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The Wine Society of Texas Announces Scholarship Grant Program Awards totaling $4,150 for assistance in education and promotion of the Texas Wine Industry. 

Midland, Texas (20 July 2010) - The Wine Society of Texas (WST), a 501c3 non-profit educational organization, announced that it will award six grants totaling $4,150 in support of four individuals studying viticulture at higher education institutions, educational conferences for the Texas Wine Industry, and one individual trying to become a Master Sommelier. 

 

This scholarship assistance program is consistent with the founding ideas of WST and its continued mission to enhance the appreciation of wines, foster the knowledge of enology and viticulture, support charitable activities, and educate wine consumers throughout the State of Texas.  The funding for the WST Scholarship program is provided from charitable donations, local WST Chapter fund raising events, and annual statewide wine events/competitions. 

 

Following is a summary of this year’s award recipients:

 

$1500 is awarded to Troy Ward.  Troy will be attending Grayson County College in the Fall of 2010.  He also plans to study and breed grapes as Volney Munson did years ago working with UC Davis. 

 

$800 is awarded to Todd Webster.  Todd is currently the associate winemaker at Brennan Vineyards and plans to use the funds for a new online certificate winemaking program offered by UC Davis. 

 

$750 is awarded to Bailey Player.  Bailey will use the grant to pay for the University of Houston Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management’s California Wine Experience Class. 

 

$500 is awarded to Trier Ward.  Trier will be attending Grayson County College in the Fall of 2010 and will use the funds to attend several outreach seminars. 

 

$350 is awarded to Rebecca Robinson of the Wine and Food Foundation of Texas.  Ms. Robinson will use the money to help sponsor several wine classes and symposiums.  The foundation’s mission is to connect their members and the general public with the value, creativity and craftsmanship inherently present in the culinary and viticulture arts

 

$250 is awarded to Monica Winkelman.  Monica has been studying for the Certified Specialist of Wine from the Society of Wine Educators and wants to become a Master Sommelier through the Court of Master Sommeliers (CMS).  With the certifications, Monica plans to work in a five star restaurant.    

 

This is the ninth consecutive year that the WST has provided grant assistance through the Scholarship Grant Program.  “Even this year in an economic downturn, the Wine Society of Texas has continued its support for persons involved in promoting Texas wine and grape growing.  All of these persons are the future of Texas wine and we will continue to invest in the future by offering scholarships regardless of the economy” said Ms. Elizabeth Lutton, State President of the WST. 

 

For more information about the scholarship program or the WST please visit the website at www.winesocietyoftexas.org or contact WST by phone (210-863-3684).

 

 

 

 

 

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The Wine Society of Texas (www.winesocietyoftexas.org), headquartered in Midland, Texas, was started in 1996 and received its 501(c)3 non-profit status in 1999. It has about 200 members in Five (5) chapters around the State of Texas. The WST mission is: to enhance the appreciation of wine, especially Texas wines; educate the experienced as well as the beginning wine taster; promote the wine makers, and grape growers; foster the knowledge of oenology and viticulture; help in charitable activities throughout the state of Texas; and promote the responsible consumption of wine. It organizes events that promote appreciation of wine through education in a comfortable social setting.  The WST offers annual grants from its Scholarship Fund to assist in wine education, internships and field training.

 

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WST SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION 2010

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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