Wine Business Institute (WBI) Scholarships

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Kistler Inclusive Excellence Program (KIEP) 

The Kistler Inclusive Excellence Program Fund (“Fund”) is intended to build diversity in the wine industry, bringing awareness and providing financial assistance to students from underrepresented populations who are pursuing or planning to pursue a career in the wine industry.

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

Scholarships will provide $5,000 annually for up to four years ($20,000 total).

Fourth-year scholars will complete an internship with Kistler Vineyards (or other firm pertinent to the wine industry as agreed upon by SSU/Kistler).

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Students must be enrolled full time at Sonoma State University
  • Applicants must have a minimum overall 3.0 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.

Kistler Inclusive Excellence Program Application

The Patrick Foley Inclusive Excellence Program

The Patrick Foley Inclusive Excellence Program is intended to build diversity in the wine industry, bringing awareness and providing financial assistance to students from underrepresented populations who are pursuing or planning to pursue a career in the wine industry.

  • Scholarships will provide $15,000 annually for up to four years ($60,000 total).
  • Scholars will take advantage of at least one wine industry internship experience

Eligibility Requirements:

Students must be enrolled full-time at Sonoma State University and taking coursework in SSU’s undergraduate Wine Business Concentration, Sonoma Wine MBA, or Global Wine Executive MBA programs and demonstrate an academic focus on preparing for a career in the wine industry.

Scholars must maintain a four-year graduation track at a minimum 2.5 GPA (GPA will be verified through Sonoma State University's Admissions and Records Office.

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.

The Patrick Foley Inclusive Excellence Program Application

The Association of African American Vintners (AAAV) Wine Business Scholarship

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 an underrepresented population 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 wine business.
    • Applicants must participate in one of the Black Student Success Initiatives at Sonoma State, such as the Black Student Union or the Male Success Initiative.
    • Must possess a minimum G.P.A. of 3.0.
    • Must be a member of an underrepresented population
    • Must demonstrate an interest in the wine industry as a career.
       

    The AAAV Wine Business Scholarship Application

    Wine Business Undergraduate Scholarships

    The Charles Woodson & O'Neill Family Wine Scholarship Award 

    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 2022 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 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 the 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 has been awarded for 2022-2023. Please check back in the Spring of 2023.

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

    Liz Thach Wine Industry Scholarship

    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 - up to $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.

    La Tosh Scholarship

    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.

    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