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Yavapai College, Southwest Wine Center establish scholarship

Courtesy<br>Valerie Woods Daniel and Valerie Woods

Courtesy<br>Valerie Woods Daniel and Valerie Woods

Southwest Wine Center (SWC) founders Daniel and Valerie Wood have established a new $30,000 scholarship to support Yavapai College's Viticulture and Enology (VEN) students.

The Valerie and Daniel Wood VEN scholarship will award eight students each year for 10 years with the funds to pursue their education at the college's Southwest Wine Center.

"This is a very generous scholarship from two outstanding graduates of the program," said Michael Pierce, Director of Enology for YC.

The Woods are also employees at the YC tasting room and active volunteers with the Yavapai College Foundation.

In their time of involvement with the program, Valerie said they've heard students expressing passion for the wine industry, but also facing challenges in managing jobs and families.

"We have seen how some have missed class because they couldn't afford the day off work," she said. "We are honored to be able to support this education and hopefully inspire students and future students to pursue their dreams."

At the same time, unlike other scholarships that have been offered for the VEN program, the Valerie and Daniel Wood Scholarship is not based on financial need.

Rather, it's designed to provide a little additional cushion and encouragement to anyone who can successfully communicate their significant thirst for further knowledge of the wine industry and how they'll choose to better their lives and the lives of others with that knowledge.

"Valerie and Daniel really understand the student population and have designed these scholarships to support students in the various challenges they face as working students," said Nikki Bagley, Director of Viticulture for YC.

There are nearly 100 students enrolled in the VEN program this semester.

Distribution of Annual Scholarship Awards:

Four $250 awards are available for the academic year - ($1000 total)

Applicants will be enrolled in a minimum of 5 credits (part-time).

Four $500 awards are available for the academic year - ($2000 total)

Applicants will be enrolled in a minimum of 10 credits (full-time).

Criteria for scholarship applicants are as follows:

Students will be pursuing a Viticulture and Enology AAS degree or Viticulture Certificate and/or Enology Certificate.

Students must maintain a 2.5 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) each semester to maintain eligibility for the award. Scholarship recipients may re-apply for the scholarship in subsequent academic years.

Students pursuing the Enology Certificate must be 21 years of age. Students pursuing the Viticulture Certificate may be younger than 21 years of age.

Application to include a letter from the applicant/student that indicates an introduction and describes their desire/passion for the wine industry including their hopes and dreams for their future involvement.

Scholarships are not based on financial need.

Follow Max Efrein on Twitter @mefrein. Reach him at 928-445-3333 ext. 1105, or 928-642-7864.

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