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, $706,681 has been donated by the OCWS and the Marino Family Scholarship Fund and the Chris Cunningham Endowment.. In 2020, the OCWS donated $37,353 to the following colleges and universities.

  • $69,621 to Allan Hancock College
  • $118,761 to Orange Coast College
  • $83,296 to Cal Poly — Pomona
  • $139,544 to UC — Davis
  • $124,509 to Cal Poly — San Luis Obisbo
  • $ 50,242 to Napa Valley College — Enology
  • $119,208 to CSU — Fresno
  • 1,500 to CSU — Sonoma

– Leslie Hodowanec, Director

Current thank you letters from scholarship recipients: