As part of our educational mission, the Orange County Wine Society awards scholarships each year to aspiring young winemaking (enology), grape-growing (viticulture), wine marketing, and culinary arts students at several colleges throughout California. In 2019, the OCWS donated $36,000 to the following colleges and universities:
Allan Hancock College, Santa Maria
California State University, Fresno
California Polytechnic University, Pomona
Orange Coast College
Napa Valley College – Enology
California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo
University of California, Davis
Since the Wine Society’s inception in 1976, and the development of the Scholarship Program, the Orange County Wine Society has raised and donated $669,000 in scholarships to students studying enology (winemaking), viticulture (grape growing), wine appreciation, and culinary arts at several colleges throughout California.
The scholarships are granted to the colleges and universities, where the discretion to decide the recipients of the scholarships is granted to the educational institutions. Several scholarship recipients have written thank you notes that are published in postings below. If you would like to donate to the Scholarship Fund, please forward donations to OCWS.