Scholarship Program


Michelle Philo presents a scholarship at Napa Valley College

As part of our educational mission, the OCWS awards scholarships each year to aspiring young winemaking (enology), grape growing (viticulture), wine marketing, and culinary arts students at select colleges throughout California. From inception the OCWS’ scholarship program to date, $781,423 has been donated by the OCWS and the Marino Family Scholarship Fund and the Chris Cunningham Endowment. In 2023, the OCWS donated $39,710 to the following colleges and universities.

  • $79,127 to Allan Hancock College
  • $129,187 to Orange Coast College
  • $92,646 to Cal Poly — Pomona
  • $148,769 to UC — Davis
  • $136,759 to Cal Poly — San Luis Obisbo
  • $ 59,467 to Napa Valley College
  • $129,433 to CSU — Fresno
  • $6,035 to CSU — Sonoma

– Leslie Hodowanec, 2023 Scholarship Chair

Current thank you letters from scholarship recipients: