Scholarship Opportunities

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The School of Business and Economics is pleased to announce the following Wine Business and Economics scholarship opportunities for students in our wine business, MBA, and Economics programs. Please read each description below to determine your eligibility and to learn how to apply.  Additional general scholarships are available through the University Scholarship Office.

 

Economics Scholarships     Wine Business Institute

Wine Industry Scholars ProgramExternal Scholarships

 

Economics Scholarships

Ben-Zion Scholarship

The Ben-Zion Scholarship is granted to a student who is an Economics major based on the following criteria: grades in one of the two (or both) theory courses and cumulative GPA in Economics classes, and the student is foreign-born. The Scholarship is awarded in the amount of $3300. 

Ben-Zion Scholarship Application

 

Hayes-Lewis Scholarship

The Hayes-Lewis Scholarship is awarded to a student with junior standing in the Economics major with the highest GPA.



For more information regarding Economics scholarships and application processes, please contact Dr. Michael Visser in the Economics Department or call 707-664-3297.

 

Wine Industry Scholars Program (WISP)

This scholarship program is dedicated to supporting the access, retention, and graduation of students who are children of vineyard and winery workers. WISP offers approximately $150,000 in scholarships annually. 

Wine Industry Scholars Program contributors include the Kalmanovitz Foundation; Rodney Strong Vineyards; Cooperages 1912; Gary Heck of Korbel; Walt and Sylvia Klenz of VinCraft; Mel and Craig McKibben; Carol O'Hara of BPM; Ron Rubin of The Rubin Family of Wines; Barbara Talbott and John Riley; Gould Evans; Douglas Thornley and Susan Lundquist; Chris and Kathy Burt; Wine.com; Wells Fargo; Scott Laboratories; and Silverado Wine Grower.  

Candidate Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be classified as a degree-seeking undergraduate student at Sonoma State University.
  • Must have a minimum overall 2.5 GPA in his/her/their high school (if a first-time freshman) or college-level coursework (if a current college student). (GPA will be verified through Sonoma State University's Admissions and Records Office.)
  • Must come from a family where one or more wage-earning adult(s) are or have been employed in the wine industry, in a wine business, or in a position that is agriculturally-related to the wine industry.
  • Must be classified as a first-generation and/or low-income student according to SSU's financial aid system, and must not be a current recipient of a scholarship through the Wine Industry Scholars Program.

     

WISP Scholarship Application

 

Wine Business Institute Scholarships

The application period for the Wine Business Institute scholarships is November 2018 through February 2019.

WBI Scholarship Application

 

Charlie Palmer's Pigs & Pinot Scholarship - $10,000

Candidate Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be enrolled or accepted for full or part-time study in the MBA or Bachelor's Degree program with a concentration in wine business.
  • Must have a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA in the last 60 units of completed coursework
  • Must demonstrate through their application that they embody the locality and financial need, as well as passion and commitment for the industry.
 

The Donn P. Reisen Scholarship - $5,000

Candidate Eligibility Requirements:
  • Must be enrolled or accepted for full or part-time study in the MBA program with a concentration in wine business.
  • Must have a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA in the last 60 units of completed coursework.
  • Must demonstrate through their application that they embody the spirit and intention of Donn Reisen (see full application). 
 

Liz Thach Wine Industry Scholarship - $2,250

Candidate Eligibility Requirements:
  • Must be a student enrolled and pursuing a degree in Business Administration with a concentration in wine business and have already completed at least one wine class at SSU. Undergraduate or MBA. 
  • Must have wine industry work experience. 
  • Must have a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA or above.  
 

La Tosh Scholarship - $2,000

Candidate Eligibility Requirements:
  • Must be a student enrolled and pursuing a degree in Business Administration with a concentration in wine business and have already completed at least one wine class at SSU. 
  • Must have wine industry work experience. 
  • Must have a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA or above.  
 

Southern Wine and Spirits - (2) $10,000

Candidate Eligibility Requirements:
  • Applicants must be enrolled or accepted for full or part-time study in the MBA or Bachelor's Degree program with a concentration in wine business.
  • Applicants must have a minimum overall 3.0 GPA in their last 60 units of completed coursework.
  • The recipients of these scholarships will demonstrate through their application materials a current career (or plan toward a future career) in the wine industry, a strong work ethic, demonstrated human relationship skills and a passion for the wine industry.

     

WBI Scholarship Application

 

Additional External Scholarships