Scholarship Opportunities

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The School of Business and Economics is pleased to announce the following scholarship opportunities for our undergraduate and graduate students. 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.

Business Administration Scholarships

Economics Scholarships

Graduate Programs Scholarships

Wine Business Scholarships 

Wine Industry Scholars Program

External Scholarships

 

Business Administration Scholarships

The Sam Seward Scholarship

The Seward Endowment funds the Sam Seward Scholarship which is awarded annually to a student majoring in Business Administration. The scholarship is given to a single custodian parent with financial need, who has demonstrated high academic achievement. The scholarship is awarded in the amount of approximately $5000 depending on investment returns. 

Students can apply for the Seward Scholarship through the Sonoma State University Scholarship program. A link to the SSU University Scholarship Application is below.

SSU University Scholarship Application

The Wally Lowry Accounting and Finance Scholarship

The Wally Lowry Accounting and Finance Scholarship Fund provides the funding for the Wally Lowry Accounting and Finance Scholarships which are awarded annually to students majoring in Business Administration. The scholarships are given to outstanding students who are seeking a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting or Finance and who have completed one or more upper class courses in Accounting or Finance. The Lowry scholarships award a total of approximately $6500 in amounts ranging from $500 - $2500. 

Students can apply for the Seward Scholarship through the Sonoma State University Scholarship program. A link to the SSU University Scholarship Application is below.

SSU University Scholarship Application

 

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.

 

 

Graduate Programs Scholarships

EMBA Impact Scholarships 

The application period for the EMBA Impact scholarships is December 2020 through February 1, 2021.

The Sonoma Executive MBA program strives to admit a diverse cohort of experienced professionals. Our scholarship funding recognizes applicants from a variety of industries and backgrounds who are making (or seek to make) an impact in their organizations or industries.  Applicants for this scholarship will demonstrate through their essay recent achievements or professional goals related to any of the following values and priorities of the School of Business and Economics: 

  • Diversity and Social Justice
  • Sustainability and Environmental Inquiry
  • Connectivity and Community Engagement
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation

The deadline to submit the materials is February 1, 2021. 

Eligibility Requirements: 

  • Applicants must be an Executive MBA student (not WEMBA or GWEMBA student) who has applied for admission to the Sonoma Executive MBA program. 
  • Applicants must have a minimum overall 2.5 GPA in their last 60 units of coursework. (GPA will be verified through Sonoma State University's Admissions and Records Office.)
  • Applicants are required to submit an essay and a resume. 
  • Formal admission to SSU is not required to apply however all applicants must submit their online university application via Cal State Apply before applying for scholarships. Scholarship amount is $1,000 per student. Number of scholarships may vary. ​

 

EMBA Impact Scholarships
 

 

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 Scholarships

 

The Charles Woodson & O'Neill Family Wine Scholarship Award - Wine Business Undergraduate Student - APPLICATION WINDOW OPEN - closes 02/28/2021

The scholarship aims to recruit and retain high-achieving underrepresented students interested in pursuing a career in the wine industry. The scholarship will be available to a student accepted at Sonoma State for the upcoming Fall 2021 semester. 

Applicants for this scholarship will demonstrate through their essay thoughtful professional goals in the wine industry, challenges that they have faced as a member of an underrepresented population, insight into the challenges of underrepresented populations in the wine industry, and a desire to help others reach their goals as they advance in their career.

Formal admission to SSU is not required to apply. The application period begins on November 1st for the next academic year. The deadline to submit the materials is February 28, 2021.

The scholarship will cover 100% of the tuition and room and board to support the recipient over their entire college career.  O’Neill Vintners & Distillers will provide internships and mentoring to offer hands-on learning opportunities for scholarship recipients to enhance their college experience in the wine industry.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Applicants must be a continuing student or a new degree-seeking undergraduate student who has applied for admission and is planning to attend SSU full-time.
  • Applicants must participate in one of the Black Student Success Initiatives at Sonoma State, such as Black Student Union or the Male Success Initiative.  Incoming freshmen must currently be participating in similar programs at their high school.
  • Applicants 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.)
  • Applicants will only be considered whose demonstrated intent is to earn a B.S. degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Wine Business Strategies in the School of Business and Economics.
  • Applicants are required to submit an essay and a resume.

The Charles Woodson & O'Neill Family Wine Scholarship Award Application

 

The Association of African American Vintners (AAAV) Wine Business Scholarship - APPLICATION WINDOW OPEN - closes 02/28/2021

The Association of African American Vintners (AAAV) Wine Business Scholarship serves to build diversity in the wine industry, bring awareness to present-day Black winemakers, and provide financial assistance to students from underrepresented minorities pursuing a career in the wine industry. 

Applicants through their essay will demonstrate professional goals in the wine industry, how they will improve diversity in the wine industry, and a desire to help others reach their goals as they advance their own careers. 

The amount of the scholarship award will be $5,000 to pay for tuition.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be a junior or senior or graduate student at Sonoma State University pursuing a B.S. or MBA degree in Business Administration with a concentration in the wine business.
  • Applicants must participate in one of the Black Student Success Initiatives at Sonoma State, such as Black Student Union or the Male Success Initiative.  Incoming freshmen must currently be participating in similar programs at their high school.
  • Must possess a minimum G.P.A. of 3.0.
  • Must be a member of an underrepresented minority
  • Must demonstrate an interest in the wine industry as a career.

The AAAV Wine Business Scholarship Application

 

Wine Business Institute MBA Scholarships - APPLICATION WINDOW OPEN - closes 02/28/2021

The following scholarships are for graduate-level students attending a Wine MBA program at SSU and can be applied for using this application. 

WBI Scholarships Application

     

    Debbie Lewis Women in Wine Graduate Scholarship- $5,000

    Candidate Eligibility Requirements:

    • Applicants must be accepted or currently enrolled in the Wine MBA program.
    • Applicants must have a minimum overall 3.0 GPA in their last 60 units of completed coursework.

     

    Vintage Wine Estate Scholarship - $5,000

    Candidate Eligibility Requirements:

    • Applicants must be accepted or currently enrolled in the Professional Wine MBA program beginning the fall semester.
    • Applicants must currently be employed in the Wine Industry or effectively demonstrate a desire to join the Wine Industry.
    • Applicants must have a minimum overall 3.0 grade GPA in their last 60 units of completed coursework.
     

    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). 

     

    About Undergraduate Wine Business Scholarships

    Undergraduate Wine Business students are encouraged to apply for the following undergraduate wine scholarships using the university-wide scholarship application found here: 

    SSU University Scholarship 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. 
    • Must have wine industry work experience. 
    • Must have a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA or above.  
     

    Rabo AgriFinance Undergraduate Wine Business Scholarship - $5,000

    Candidate Eligibility Requirements:

    • Must be enrolled and pursuing a B.S. degree in Business Administration with a concentration in wine business. 
    • Must have a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA or above.  

     

    Debbie Lewis Women in Wine Undergraduate Scholarship - $5,000

    Candidate Eligibility Requirements:

    • Must be enrolled and pursuing a B.S. degree in Business Administration with a concentration in wine business. 
    • Must have a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA or above in the last 60 units of completed coursework.  

     

    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.  
       

     

    Additional External Scholarships