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CAWG Foundation Awards $31,000 in Scholarships
The California Association of Winegrape Growers (CAWG) Foundation has awarded $31,000 in college
scholarships to seven students with a parent or legal guardian employed by a California winegrape grower.
" We award the CAWG Foundation scholarships each year to honor the families of vineyard employees,
who are valued members of the winegrape industry. Without these workers, we would not thrive, and these
scholarships show our immense appreciation, " said Davindar Mahil, chair of the CAWG Foundation board of
The CAWG Foundation board selects scholarship recipients who have demonstrated excellence across the
board, from academic achievement and extracurricular activities to public service and community involvement.
Selection criteria include scholastic ability, financial need, community service, leadership experience, and a
personal essay.
Since the program's inception in 1998, the CAWG Foundation has awarded $554,500 in scholarships to help
students pursue higher education. Many generous donations from members of CAWG and the California wine
community fund the scholarship program.
This year, three four-year $8,000 scholarships were awarded to students attending a University of California or
California State University campus, three two-year $2,000 scholarships were awarded to students attending
a California community college, and $1,000 was awarded to one student through the Robert Miller Memorial
Created by the family of Bob Miller, the Robert Miller Memorial Scholarship supports Central Coast students
who plan to pursue a career in the region's winegrape industry and are studying viticulture or enology at either
Allan Hancock College or Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Bob Miller was a California wine industry leader who
played a large part in establishing the Central Coast as a leading winegrape growing region.
Four-Year University Scholarship Recipients / $8,000 each
Naydin Beltran Garcia, Somerset, Union Mine High School
Alexis Gonzalez, Kelseyville, Kelseyville High School
Mallory Sutherland, Bakersfield, Frontier High School
Two-Year Community College Scholarship Recipients / $2,000 each
Emily Jimenez, Kelseyville, Kelseyville High School
Melisa Magana, Lodi, Lodi High School
Esmeralda Mendoza, Shandon, Shandon High School
Robert Miller Memorial Scholarship / $1,000
Makena Martin, Atascadero, Templeton High School
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