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, $712,511 has been donated by the OCWS and the Marino Family Scholarship Fund and the Chris Cunningham Endowment. In 2021, the OCWS donated $5,830 to the following colleges and universities.

  • $70,326 to Allan Hancock College
  • $119,486 to Orange Coast College
  • $84,046 to Cal Poly — Pomona
  • $140,169 to UC — Davis
  • $125,659 to Cal Poly — San Luis Obisbo
  • $ 50,867 to Napa Valley College — Enology
  • $119,833 to CSU — Fresno
  • 2,125 to CSU — Sonoma

– Leslie Hodowanec, Director and Scholarship Chair

Current thank you letters from scholarship recipients: