YVC Grants & Scholarships
YVC offers many scholarship and grant opportunities that can be an important part of how you pay for college. Eligibility and criteria for scholarships varies widely – they may be awarded on the basis of academic achievement, leadership potential, artistic talents, athletic ability, career plans, field of study, or special hobbies or interests.
Below are scholarships that are now accepting scholarship applications from students pursuing degrees and certifications in agriculture and wine-related studies.
YVC Vineyard and Winery Technology Scholarship
The YVC Vineyard and Winery has more than $10,000 in scholarship money that is available to part-time and full-time students who are pursuing a degree in Vineyard Technology or Winery Technology. The Scholarship money comes from our annual Grape to Glass Gala fundraiser, as well as from the Yakima Enological Society.
Deadline: December 2, 2022
To apply for any scholarship directly administered by the Yakima Valley College Vineyard and Winery Technology Program, please submit ONE application and the following:
- One letter of recommendation from a teacher, counselor or employer
- Current resume
- A college transcript if you have been attending college for at least 1 quarter (unofficial is fine). If you have less than 1 quarter of college submit both college and high school transcripts.
Your scholarship application is evaluated on a point system. To be considered for a YVC Vineyard and Winery Technology Scholarship you must complete all sections of the application. The sections and points are as followed:
- Resume (up to 15 points)
- Grades (up to 15 points)
- Goals (up to 25 points)
- Letter of recommendation (up to 20 points)
- Narrative (up to 25 points)
The YVC Vineyard and Winery Program will accept scholarship applications up until December 2, 2022. Scholarship awards will range from $250-$1,500 and will be announced on or before December 13, 2022.
YVC Vineyard and Winery Technology Scholarship
500 W Main Street
Grandview, WA 98930
YVC Foundation Scholarship
The YVC Foundation annually awards more than $200,000 in scholarships, with an average award amount of $3,500. All current and incoming YVC students, including undocumented students, are eligible to apply. Scholarship funds do not impact a students eligibility for other financial assistance.
The ability to provide opportunities to deserving students can only continue through generous donation. For information on becoming a donor, contact 509.574.4645.
Apply Online for Foundation Scholarships
Deadline: February 28 every year.
Mollie Davis Scholarship
The Mollie Davis Scholarship Program through the Yakima Rotary Trust awards each year up to $3,500 toward an associate’s degree and/or $7,500 toward a bachelor’s degree per recipient. The application period begins December 1 and closes February 22 each year.
Washington Wine Industry Foundation Scholarships
The Washington Wine Industry Foundation facilitates scholarships on behalf of Washington’s wine industry for qualifying students pursuing studies in viticulture, enology, and other wine-related studies. These scholarships are made possible through generous gifts from donors who care about the future of Washington’s wine industry.
Foundation Fund Scholarship
The Foundation Fund was established in June 2013 as an endowed fund by the Foundation Board of Directors. With confirmation from respective families, the Charles Lill, Michael Manz, Glenn Coogan, and John Farmer funds, plus the Industry Need and Rainy Day Funds, were used to create the initial endowment. The number of Foundation Fund Scholarship awards is determined annually and range from $2,000 to $10,000.
Walter J. Clore Scholarship
The Walter J. Clore Scholarship was established in 1997 by the Washington Winegrowers Association in honor of Dr. Clore’s grape research and lifetime achievements in the fields of viticulture and enology. Working with growers, Dr. Clore and his colleagues published information on grape varieties, diseases, insects, mineral nutrition, irrigation, cover crops, weed control, and climatological effects, including winter injury. He tested various trellis designs, which eventually led to the widespread adoption of mechanical harvesting. More than any other individual, Dr. Clore has had a profound and lasting impact on the Washington wine industry. The number of Clore Scholarship awards is determined annually and are a minimum of $1,000.
Horse Heaven Hills Scholarship
The Horse Heaven Hills Wine Growers was established in 2005 and offers two (2) $3,000 scholarships for students who are interested in the study of viticulture, enology, wine business management, and/or wine-related hospitality. Preference will be given to students who are residents of Klickitat, Benton or Yakima counties and whose parent(s) are employed in the Washington wine industry as demonstrated by a letter from parent’s employer. The scholarship was established by members of the HHHWG group who are dedicated to promoting education of the grape growing and wine producing industries in Washington.
George & Susan Carter Scholarship
The George & Susan Carter Scholarship was established in 2017 as an endowed fund in honor of Washington State University researcher and winemaker George Carter and his wife, Susan. George Carter worked side by side with Dr. Walter Clore and the two were close friends. As part of his day-to-day activities, Carter developed a system for classifying American, European, and hybrid grape varietals. In recognition of his wine-making accomplishments, Carter was elevated to a Supreme Knight in the International Brotherhood of the Knights of the Vine. This scholarship was established to assist students of limited means to attain associate, bachelor, and graduate-level degrees in viticulture and enology. The George & Susan Carter Scholarship is a $1,000 auto-renewing scholarship awarded to one student for up to four years.
All applications will be submitted online. Official transcripts and letters of recommendation will still need to be mailed to the Foundation office. All the details, including the application and deadlines, can be found on WWIF’s Scholarship Website.
Alliance of Women in Washington Wine Scholarship (AWWAW)
The Alliance of Women in Washington Wine Scholarship is established in 2021 by The Alliance of Women in Washington Wine to inspire, connect, and advance the future workforce of the wine industry. One $5,000 scholarship is awarded to a female student pursuing any viticulture or enology related program.
Deadline is Monday, April 7, 2023
Washington State Grape Society Scholarship
The Washington State Grape Society is proud to offer one scholarship to a deserving graduate student and one scholarship to a deserving undergraduate student, who are engaged in a field of study relating to the growing and processing of grapes.
Applications are accepted from January 1 until March 31.
Undergraduate or Professional Certificate Students: A $1,500 scholarship is available to an undergraduate student (Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree) or Professional Certificate Student who is engaged in a field of study relating to the growing of grapes. This scholarship is open to students enrolled in any Washington State accredited institute of higher learning, and also includes students enrolled in programs at Treasure Valley (Idaho) or Blue Mountain (Oregon) Community Colleges. Professional Certificate Programs include those at Washington State University (Viticulture Certificate), Yakima Valley College (Vineyard Technology Certificate), and the Walla Walla Community College (Viticulture Science Certificate).
Graduate Students: A $1,000 scholarship is available to a deserving graduate student (earning a Master’s or Doctorate degree) who is engaged in a field of study relating to the growing and processing of grapes. This scholarship is open to graduate students enrolled in any Washington State accredited institute of higher learning.
Pacific Northwest Vegetable Association Scholarship
The PNVA is honored to announce that we are offering up to $10,000 in scholarships with the scholarship being renewable for an additional year, pursuant to guidelines set by the PNVA board.
- This scholarship can be used in any area of study in Agriculture, with preference given to areas specifically related to vegetable production.
Eligible applicants must be high school graduates planning to attend an institution of higher education (university, college, or technical program), current undergraduates or graduate students. The recipient will be asked to report to the Pacific Northwest Vegetable Association for at least one year after being awarded the scholarship.
Candidates interested in the scholarship should fill out the application form and candidates may be invited to an in-person interview. The scholarship committee and board of directors of the PNVA will select the scholarship winners. The application deadline is in April 28th and the announcement of the scholarship winners will be made in June.
Deadline is Monday, April 28, 2022
Washington State Opportunity Scholarships
Career & Technical Scholarship
Apply now for the Career and Technical Scholarship provided by the Washington State Opportunity Scholarship program! The Career and Technical Scholarship (CTS) provides Washington state residents with $1,500 per quarter towards an eligible associate degree, certificate, or apprenticeship in a trade, STEM or health care field. Funding can be used at any Washington state community or technical college and can be used to cover tuition, fees and other costs of attendance such as housing, transportation, food and more.
Deadline is February 6, 2022. More: Apply today!
The Baccalaureate Scholarship provides up to $22,500 in financial aid for those pursuing a bachelor’s degree in eligible high-demand STEM and health care fields. Deadline for this scholarship is March 2. Scholars that intend to earn their bachelor’s degree after the completion of their program are not eligible for CTS and are instead encouraged to review the Baccalaureate Scholarship. Learn more about BaS here.
Deadline is March 2. Apply today.
Northwest Farm Credit Services Scholarships
This scholarship seeks to support underrepresented groups pursuing professions or technical careers in Northwest agriculture. Scholarships will be awarded based on the criteria below.
The deadline to submit an application for a Diversity Scholarship is March 1 each year. Apply Now
Students recently graduating from high school and current college students who meet all of the following qualifications are eligible to apply. Applicants must:
- be a 2022 high school graduate with plans to attend a post-secondary institute or be a current college student enrolled full time.
- be attending or plan to attend an accredited two or four-year college located in one of the following Northwest states: Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Alaska, or Utah.
- be pursuing an agriculture or business-related degree or trade-related certificate. Eligible programs should positively influence the agriculture industry. Examples include horticulture programs, welding, mechanics, and related technical apprenticeship programs.
- be African American or Black, American Indian or Alaska Native, Asian, Latino/Hispanic, or Pacific Islander.
- be a U.S. citizen or legal resident of the United States.
- not a previous winner of a Northwest FCS college scholarship.
Scholarships will be awarded to graduating high school students who plan to attend a higher-education institution in the fall of 2022; and to college sophomores, juniors and seniors starting classes in the fall of 2022. Any career field or major is eligible. Scholarship winners will be selected based on school and community involvement, scholastic performance and educational goals. All scholarships are $2,500 each.
An applicant must be a son or daughter of a current Northwest FCS customer; OR a son or daughter of an employee of a current Northwest FCS customer (the customer or business name must be on the application in order to be considered).
Grandchildren of Northwest FCS customers or customer employees are not eligible. Children or grandchildren of Northwest FCS employees or board members are not eligible.
- be a 2022 high school graduate; and
- plan to attend any higher-education institution in the fall of 2022.
- be a 2022 fall quarter (or semester) sophomore, junior, or senior enrolled in a higher education institution;
- be enrolled in a full-time schedule (12+ credits), and
- not be a previous winner of a Northwest FCS college scholarship. (Note: High school scholarship winners are eligible to apply as long as they are a college sophomore or greater and meet the above requirements.)
- The deadline to submit an application for a Northwest FCS Customer Scholarship is March 1 each year. Apply Now
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Deadline: March 1 every year.
The USDA/1890 National Scholars Program
The USDA/1890 National Scholars Program seeks to increase the number of minorities studying agriculture, food, natural resource sciences, and related disciplines.
The program provides full tuition, employment, employee benefits, fees, books, and room and board each year for up to 4 years to selected students pursuing a bachelor’s degree in agriculture, food science, natural resource science, or a related academic discipline at one of 19 designated 1890s land-grant universities and Tuskegee University. The scholarship may be renewed each year, contingent upon satisfactory academic performance and normal progress toward the bachelor’s degree.
Scholars accepted into the program will be eligible for noncompetitive conversion to a permanent appointment with USDA upon successful completion of their degree requirements by the end of the agreement period. (5 CFR 213.3202) (Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018 – Section 12519)
If selected, scholars must commit to at least one year of service to USDA for each year of financial assistance provided. The details of this requirement will be outlined in the service agreement for the scholar, their university, and the USDA sponsoring agency.
Learn more about the USDA/1890 National Scholars Program
Application deadline: February 15, 2022
Fair Chance Scholarship
The Fair Chance Scholarship is awarded to twenty students from across the state of Washington pursuing higher education at an accredited two or four year college, university or trade/technical school. Students must be either a graduating high school senior or an adult learner/returning student. All applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7. Applicants must also be currently working, volunteering, or involved in a school-sponsored activity at least 8 hours per month, on average. Prior involvement with the Fair (4H, FFA, etc.) and financial need may be considered, though neither is a requirement. The $3,000 awards are payable over one year. All funds are paid directly to the recipient’s college or university to be used toward tuition or books.
- Applicant must be attending an accredited two or four year college, university or trade/technical school.
- Applicant must be be employed, volunteering or participating in school-sponsored activity at least 8 hours a month.
- Applicant must be a Washington resident.
- Applicant must have a minimum 2.7 GPA.
Deadline is Due January 31, 2022 Apply for the scholarship.
America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders Scholarships
American Society for Enology and Viticulture Scholarship
The American Society for Enology and Viticulture annually awards numerous scholarships to students pursuing a degree in enology, viticulture, or in a curriculum emphasizing a science basic to the wine and grape industry.
We are now offering the following two scholarship programs:
- ASEV Traditional Scholarship – The scholarship awards for our traditional program are not in predetermined amounts. The amounts will vary from year to year depending on the number of qualified applicants. Click here for details.ASEV Traditional Scholarship Application
- ASEV Presidents’ Award for Scholarship in Enology and Viticulture – This special scholarship will be awarded to two students that exceed the expectations of our traditional scholarship program. One scholarship in enology and one in viticulture will be awarded in the amount of $12,500 each. Click here for details.
ASEV Presidents’ Award for Scholarship Application
All scholarship recommendations made by the Scholarship Committee are subject to final approval by the Board of Directors.
The Society does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, nationality, religion, gender, or physical/mental disabilities. The Society has no affiliation with the University of California or other institutions that may also offer scholarship programs.
Previous applicants and recipients are eligible to reapply each year in open competition with new applicants for the ASEV Traditional Scholarship. Recipients of the ASEV Presidents’ Award for Scholarship are not eligible to reapply. The ASEV reserves the right not to award scholarships at all in any given year.
Deadline is March 1, of each year.
Scholarships through Jack Kent Cooke Foundation
Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship
The Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship is a highly selective scholarship for the nation’s top community college students seeking to complete their bachelor’s degrees at four-year colleges or universities. Each Cooke Scholar has access to generous financial support for two to three years, college planning support, ongoing advising, and the opportunity to connect with the thriving community of fellow scholars. As part of their scholarship, recipients may:
- Receive up to $40,000 per year to use toward tuition, books, and other fees and expenses at any accredited four-year institution.
- Pursue any area of study.
- Have access to personal advising about selecting a college, navigating financial aid, and maximizing their experience at their new institution.
- Be eligible to apply for the Cooke Graduate Scholarship.
Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship recipients are selected from a nationwide applicant pool each year. As minimum criteria, students must:
- Be a current student at an accredited U.S. community college or two-year institution with sophomore status or a recent graduate (within the last five years).
- Intend to enroll full time in an accredited four-year college or university in fall 2020.
- Earn a cumulative unweighted GPA of 3.5 in college.
- Demonstrate financial need. We will consider applicants with family income up to $95,000. Last year’s cohort of new transfer scholarship recipients had a median family income of approximately $32,000.
Applications are reviewed by a distinguished panel of university faculty and admissions professionals. Selection criteria focus on exceptional academic ability and achievements, financial need, persistence, leadership, and a desire to help others.
The final deadline to submit a completed application is Nov. 20, 2019.
For more information about eligibility and the application process, see www.jkcf.org or contact Ginny Mihalik, Transfer Counselor and JKC Campus Representative, at email@example.com.
Mike Rowe Foundation Work Ethic Scholarship Program
The mikeroweWORKS Foundation is now accepting applications for its 2019 Work Ethic Scholarship Program.
The program aims to fund training for the next generation of workers interested in learning a trade that is in demand. .
Applicants must be enrolled in an approved trade program to be eligible for the scholarship.
To apply, follow this link.
The deadline to apply is March 28, 2019
Precision Agriculture: Positive Impacts on the Environment Scholarship Contest
Farms.com is looking for student submissions by September 25.
There are many reasons that farmers may want to adopt precision agriculture, such as reducing costs, reducing waste, increasing profits, and reducing farming’s impact on the environment. For millennial students, the motivation may lean more towards the last reason: environmental benefits to protecting the planet.
Farms.com is pleased to announce a contest for a chance to win one of three US$2,000 scholarships for students who have a precision agriculture idea that will have a positive impact on the environment.
In addition to the $2,000 scholarship prize, the winners, as determined by voting in each country, will be invited to participate in a Student Panel as part of Farm.com Precision Ag Virtual Conference in November 2020, where they will have the opportunity to present their thesis idea in more detail to farmers attending the Farms.com Virtual Precision Agriculture Conference and Trade Show.
The equivalent of $2,000.
Deadline for Student Video Submission
11:59 pm, Friday September 25, 2020 (Eastern Time, North America).
A panel of judges, composed of sponsors, industry leaders, and Farms.com staff members, will determine the top submissions in each country, and post these on Farms.com, AgCareers.com, and DeLacyExecutive.co.uk.
Farmers and producers will then be invited to vote on the best submissions.
Student Scholarship Panel Presentation
The winners, as determined by voting in each country, will be asked to participate in a Student Panel as part of Farm.com Precision Ag Virtual Conference on Wednesday November 18, 2020, at 12:30pm (Eastern Time). Where they will have the opportunity to present their thesis idea in more detail to farmers attending the Farms.com Virtual Precision Agriculture Conference and Trade Show.
You can be studying in any field, not just agriculture, including robotics, AI, engineering, environmental science, etc. However, the ideas will need to be practical and appealing to farmers, as farmers will be voting on the concepts they believe are the most worthy and practical for farmers in North America and the United Kingdom.
- Open to students in the United States, Canada, and United Kingdom
- Enrolled full-time in a college or univeristy program either as an undergraduate or as a graduate student
- Enter contest between July 20, 2020 and September 25, 2020
- Winners will be required to provide proof that you are enrolled in and attending the course of studies as outlined in your submission.
Students are invited to submit their idea, via a social media video (Twitter and Facebook). The video should describe the student’s research/thesis or new idea regarding precision agriculture and its potential positive impact on the environment.
- Videos should be less than 2-minutes in length
- Include the student or students first name(s)
- Include the hashtag #PAG20scholarship
- Entries should also tag the following social media accounts:
- Twitter: @FarmsNews, @OntAg, @Agriville
- Facebook: @Farmscom
For privacy reasons, video submissions should not include student’s full name, email, or telephone number in the submission. Once Farms.com has received the contest entry, we will direct message students to obtain your full name, email address, street address, and telephone number.
Rotary Club of Yakima Vocational Scholarship
- High school students attending Davis, East Valley, Eisenhower, Highland, LaSalle, Naches Valley, Riverside Christian, Selah, and West Valley High schools
- Homeschooled and Running Start students in those same districts.
- YV-Tech, Stanton Academy, and Yakima On-Line students
- And students who are currently attending or will be attending Perry Technical Institute, Heritage University, and Yakima Valley College in Fall of 2021.
They must be postmarked by Friday, April 16, 2021. All finalists will be asked to participate in a Zoom interview with the Scholarship Committee. Winners will be notified by the first week in June.
Washington Apple Education Foundation
Students raised in families with direct ties to Washington’s tree fruit industry are eligible to apply. Ties to the industry are created through immediate family member or personal employment in an apple, cherry or pear orchard or warehouse in Washington, immediate family ownership of an apple, cherry or pear orchard or warehouse in Washington or immediate family employment in a company directly serving the apple, cherry or pear industry in Washington. Additionally, students with a desire to work for the tree fruit industry may also qualify.
Universal Scholarship Application – Use if you meet the criteria and are on a four-year career path or are pursuing a two-year program that does not meet the vocational/technical application criteria.
Vocational/Technical Application – Use this form if you are enrolling in a technical or vocational program compatible with work in the tree fruit industry. Program that qualify include auto repair/mechanic, automotive technology, computer application, construction building and trades, diesel mechanic, electrical, electronics, HVAC, industrial systems technology, information technology, instrumentation, logistics control, machine programming, machine technology, mechanized irrigation systems, network administration, project management, refrigeration, welding, or other technical agriculture related.
Deadline March 1 of every year.
Yakima Valley Dairy Scholarship Foundation
Yakima Valley Dairy Scholarship Foundation 2021
The local dairy community recognizes the increasing costs of higher education and is providing an annual scholarship of $1000.
Who May Apply:
An immediate family member of a household deriving its major income from dairying, working on a dairy, a dairy supported agribusiness or an individual pursuing a degree relating to the dairy industry. The applicant or applicant’s family must reside in the Yakima Valley. Current ambassadors or alternates are ineligible, but may apply in following years.
Applicant Requirements (all information must be typed):
- Applicant must be enrolled in or planning to enroll full time in an accredited institution of
higher learning. This may include a university, college, community college or a vocational/technical school.
- Applicant must be a high school graduate (or soon to be graduate) with a minimum
cumulative GPA of 2.9 (out of 4.0) or have completed at least one semester at an accredited
institution of higher education with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5.
- Applicant must provide an official transcript from the most recent school attended, high school or college/technical school, with GPA if applicable. The transcript must be unopened, or emailed directly to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Applicant must submit a list of up to ten top most current, meaningful, or relevant activities which may include community service, achievements and awards. Provide a single complete sentence explanation of each activity. (Attach to application.)
- Applicant must submit a list of work experience with a brief job description that includes
duties and responsibilities. (Attach to application.)
- Applicant must submit a letter of recommendation from a person of his/her choice, but not a
relative. The letter of recommendation must be dated and signed in a separate sealed envelope.
- Applicant must submit an essay following the instructions given. (Attach to application.)
- Applicant must be a citizen or legal resident of the United States and the State of
Send applications to: Yakima Valley Dairy Scholarship Foundation
c/o Yakima Valley Dairy Women
633 Yakima Valley Highway
Sunnyside, WA 98944
Or emailed to: email@example.com
Due: Postmarked by April 15, 2021
Questions: Contact Sue Wedam at firstname.lastname@example.org or 509.830.6434
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