The Washington Wine Industry Foundation awarded $43,000 in scholarships to 13 students — four with ties to the Walla Walla Valley — pursuing careers in the wine industry.
Scholarship winners with a discernible local connection are:
Bailey Bromiley, raised in Waterville, is working toward her bachelor’s of applied science in sustainable agriculture systems at Walla Walla Community College. Bailey’s passion for agriculture started early but her love for viticulture developed during an internship at a vineyard and a winery. It is her dream to meet her academic and career goals and be one of the few women operating a vineyard in the Northwest. Bailey was awarded the George and Susan Carter Scholarship.
Noel Perez is finishing his junior year at Washington State University. Upon graduation in spring 2020, Noel will be the first in his family to have a four-year degree. Noel has maintained a perfect 4.0 while pursuing a bachelor’s of science in viticulture and enology. Noel has completed the WWCC College Cellars program. Outside studies, Noel works as an assistant winemaker for Palencia Wine Company and worked in harvest production at Dusted Valley and as barrel reserve lead for J&S Crushing. This is his 10th year in the industry. Noel was awarded the Walter J. Clore and Foundation Fund scholarships.
Daniel Burchardt is in his first year at WWCC, studying viticulture and enology. Daniel’s experience has been as tasting room manager at College Cellars, wholesale manager at DAMA Wines and bottling, cellar and tasting room help at various other wineries. Daniel is passionate about “helping the industry as a whole do better to make sure more doors are opened for the next generation of female farmers, leaders and winemakers to make a difference and expand our footprint and perception in the wine world.” Daniel was awarded the Walter Clore and Foundation Fund scholarships.
Christina Lopez was raised in wine country, but only connected after stumbling on a tasting room gig. She is pursuing a degree in viticulture and enology at WSU. She brings extensive knowledge from a variety of internships around the world including harvest in Santa Rosa, Calif., and in New Zealand and Australia. She is currently cellar technician at Artifex Wine Company in Walla Walla. Christina was awarded a Walter Clore scholarship.
The Washington Wine Industry Foundation helps fund solutions for the wine industry’s challenges, including the need for a future workforce that is well-educated and prepared to do great work.
The Foundation’s Scholarship Program establishes, coordinates, manages and promotes scholarships for students pursuing degrees in industry-related fields. The Scholarship Program is made possible thanks to generous supporters in the wine industry.
To learn more, visit: washingtonwinefoundation.org.