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Washington Wine Industry Foundation awards scholarships

The Washington Wine Industry Foundation awarded a total of $48,000 to 13 students pursuing careers in the wine industry, eight were from WSU. Awards were made from four funds:

  • Walter J. Clore Scholarship – Established in 1997 by the Washington Winegrowers Association to recognize and honor the research and lifetime achievements of this pioneering Washington vintner. Six students were awarded Clore Scholarships for a total of $11,000.
  • Foundation Fund Scholarship – Established in 2013 as an endowed fund by the Foundation Board of Directors. Eleven students were awarded Foundation Fund Scholarships for a total of $30,000.
  • Horse Heaven Hills Wine Growers Scholarship – Established in 2005 by members of the HHHWG group who are dedicated to promoting education of the grape growing and wine producing industries in Washington. Two students were awarded the Horse Heaven Hills Scholarship for a total of $6,000.
  • George and Susan Carter Scholarship – Established in 2017 as an endowed fund honoring WSU researcher and winemaker George Carter and his wife Susan. One student was awarded this auto-renewing scholarship for $1,000.

WSU Scholarship winner included:

  • Noah Nilson will be graduating summa cum laude from Washington State University in the Spring of 2020 with a bachelor’s degree in biology. He has been accepted as a master’s student into WSU’s Plant Pathology department studying with Dr. Naidu Rayapati. Noah will be focusing on various projects regarding the molecular biology of grapevine leafroll-associated viruses at WSU IAREC. Noah was awarded a Walter Clore Scholarship.
  • Trinity Willsey grew up on her family’s vineyard in Wapato. She worked in the vineyard and learned firsthand what hard work was. Fascinated by science, she plans to major in biochemistry at Washington State University this fall. Trinity aspires to open her own winery one day. She was awarded a Walter Clore Scholarship, Foundation Fund Scholarship, and the George and Susan Carter Scholarship.
  • Layton Ashmore received his undergraduate degree from Appalachian State University in fermentation science and chemistry. He is now a graduate student at Washington State University researching flavor and aroma chemistry. He has also been working with Dr. Tom Collins on an ongoing smoke taint project as well as barrel/oak chemistry. In 2018 and 2019, Layton presented his research at ASEV National Conference and this past year his research received the National Association County Agricultural Agents (NACAA) award for extension research and received recognition as a national finalist. Layton was awarded a Foundation Fund Scholarship.
  • Arunabha Mitra is from Kolkata, India and a plant pathology Ph.D. candidate at Washington State University (IAREC) in Prosser. His research projects are focused on grapevine leafroll disease with emphasis on genetic diversity and molecular biology of grapevine leafroll-associated viruses. Arunabha aims to generate high quality research-based knowledge to help Washington wine take the next step toward becoming a major player in the global wine market. Arunabha was awarded a Foundation Fund Scholarship.
  • Margaret McCoy is a Ph.D. candidate in horticulture at Washington State University. She is passionate about agriculture and is conducting research on sprayer technologies and improving best management viticulture practices. She hopes her work in sprayers and extension will assist Washington growers and wineries to have an equal seat at the international wine table. She looks forward to continuing to learn from and listen to growers because they will lead her and Washington wines to success. Margaret was awarded the Foundation Fund Scholarship.
  • Bernadette Gagnier is an upcoming graduate student at Washington State University. Her studies will focus on evaluating anaerobic soils disinfestation on preplant management of plant-parasitic nematodes in new wine grape vineyards. As an undergraduate Bernadette completed vineyard internships at several Washington AVA’s including Yakima, Columbia Valley, Horse Heaven Hills, Walla Walla and Red Mountain. In the spring of last year, she traveled to the Netherlands and studied in the most northern vineyard there. Bernadette was awarded a Foundation Fund Scholarship.
  • Alexa McDaniel is a graduate student at Washington State University and has a passion for research and viticulture. Alexa completed her undergraduate studies at Oregon State University-Hermiston Research and Extension Center. She began her work as a tasting room manager at Horse Heaven Hills Estate Winery. She got hands-on experience but also was able to witness the how growers and extension work together to identify issues and solve them in a sustainable way. Alexa is excited to contribute to the Washington wine industry. Alexa was awarded a Foundation Fund Scholarship.
  • Calie Judkins has a passion for agriculture as well as people. Calie is from Prosser and is finishing up her freshman year at Washington State University. Calie is studying wine and beverage business management and is exploring a minor in viticulture and enology. Calie has close family ties in the Washington wine industry and has demonstrated a real connection to the industry. Calie was awarded a Walter Clore Scholarship, Horse Heaven Hills Wine Growers Scholarship, and Foundation Fund Scholarship.

The Foundation’s Scholarship Program establishes, coordinates, manages and promotes scholarships for students pursuing degrees in industry-related fields. The Scholarship Program is made possible thanks to generous supporters in the wine industry. To learn more, visit: