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, $741,713 has been donated by the OCWS and the Marino Family Scholarship Fund and the Chris Cunningham Endowment. In 2022, the OCWS donated $29,202 to the following colleges and universities.

  • $73,927 to Allan Hancock College
  • $123,587 to Orange Coast College
  • $87,546 to Cal Poly — Pomona
  • $143,669 to UC — Davis
  • $131,659 to Cal Poly — San Luis Obisbo
  • $ 54,367 to Napa Valley College — Enology
  • $123,333 to CSU — Fresno
  • 3,625 to CSU — Sonoma

– Leslie Hodowanec, 2022 Scholarship Chair

Current thank you letters from scholarship recipients: