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 donations.
In 2017, the committee, Board of Directors and Member Wineries have committed to awarding $11,000 in scholarships to 12 students.
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.
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!
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.