Scholarships - Texas Hill Country Wineries


The Texas Hill Country Wine Industry Scholarship program is part of Texas Hill Country Wineries, a non-profit trade association.  Our Community Outreach Committee is charged with awarding academic scholarships to Texas residents enrolled in a school or college program related to and benefiting the Texas Wine Industry.

The scholarship awards are funded by Texas Hill Country Wineries event ticket sales, field day profits and individual, winery or business donations.  See below for details on how to donate.

In 2017, the committee, Board of Directors and Member Wineries awarded $11,000 in scholarships to 12 students.

In 2018, Texas Hill Country Wineries awarded $10,000 to 9 students enrolled at Texas A&M University, Texas Tech University and the Philly Wine School.

In 2019, Texas Hill Country Wineries awarded $12,500 to 9 students enrolled at Texas A&M University, Texas Tech University and Texas State University. 

In 2020, Texas Hill Country Wineries awarded $9.500 to 10 students enrolled at Texas A&M University, Texas Tech University and University of Houston.  

In 2021, Texas Hill Country Wineries awarded $12,500 to 7 students enrolled at Texas A&M University, Texas Tech University and University of Houston. 

In 2022, Texas Hill Country Wineries awarded $15,000 to 10 students enrolled at Texas A&M University, Texas Tech University, Palo Alto College and University of Houston.

The THCW Board, Scholarship Committee and Winery Members are committed to supporting industry education and the advancement of Texas wine.

Special Scholarship Awards

The Blake Bingham Memorial Scholarship was established in 2021 in memory of Blake and his love of the Texas wine industry.  This special scholarship award will continue in his name each year.

The Texas Wine Community Scholarships was established in 2019 and scholarships were awarded to multiple outstanding applicants. These scholarships are funded by donations directly from Texas wine industry members.  Thank you to Vinovium Partners & The Wine & Food Foundation of Texas for helping establish this special scholarship.

The Texas A&M Hill Country Wine Endowment was established in 2021.


Donations can be made in 4 categories:

  • General Scholarship Fund
  • Blake Bingham Memorial Scholarship
  • Texas Wine Community Scholarship
  • Texas A&M Hill Country Wine Endowment

THCW is a 501(c)3 non-profit.  All donations are tax deductible.

Gabriella Hale Scholarship Award

This scholarship meant a great deal to me because I felt like my academic work and perseverance was being recognized.  This scholarship gave me financial peace of mind (especially with two children) and gave me the ability to excel academically.  Without this scholarship, i would not have been able to afford a full course load for the semester.  My family and I would like to thank you for the scholarship!  It really has had a life changing impact.  I was able to make the President’s list for the semester (full course load with all A’s).  As a result, my GPA rose significantly and I was able to apply for and be accepted into the Honors College.  I am very excited to begin conducting research and I hope to be able to give back to the community as my career in research advances.

Gabriella Hale, Texas Tech University, 2017 recipient

The THCW Scholarship has been a huge blessing.  It has helped me further my education at Texas A&M.  I am trying to graduate debt free so that I can start my vineyard as soon as possibly after college.  Every scholarship helps me towards my goal.  After graduating Texas A&M, I plan on moving up to Brownfield, TX.  I would like to work for another operation for a few years so that I can be mentored.  Then I plan on putting in my own vineyard and selling quality wine grapes to Texas wineries.  In the long run, I’d like to start my own winery.

Madison Hawkins, Texas A&M University, 2017 recipient

Receiving the THCW scholarship has been such an honor. It is so incredible and so encouraging to know that I have the support of the Texas wine industry behind me in pursuit of my goals and dreams. The THCW scholarship has aided me financially and has also provided me with many networking opportunities with individuals in the industry. Lastly, the THCW scholarship has offered me the chance to learn more about growing, making, and sharing Texas wine through my attendance to the THCW Wine Symposium.This summer I have the incredible opportunity to be working as a production intern at William Chris Vineyards.  I will be beginning my fourth week of work and have learned so much already. I am looking forward to experiencing my first harvest and learning as much as I can during my internship!

Claire Richardson, Texas A&M University, 2017 recipient

The THCW Scholarship meant a lot to me.  It showed me that people in the Texas wine industry want to help students in furthering their education in the wine industry.  My future plans are to hopefully become a vineyard manager.

Randa Homann, Texas A&M University, 2017 recipient

Scholarship Fund Donations

If you are interested in donating to the Texas Hill Country Wine Scholarship Fund, please send a check in any amount to:

THCW, PO Box 96, Johnson City, TX 78636.  Include name, mailing and email address so a donation receipt can be sent to you.

Please EMAIL US if you have any questions.