CAWG Foundation

The California Association of Winegrape Growers Foundation - a 501(c)3 nonprofit public benefit corporation - was established to conduct public education programs, fund scholarships and support research related to the California wine and winegrape industry.

Each year the foundation awards two 4-year scholarships ($8,000 each) to students planning to attend a campus in the University of California or California State University system, and four 2-year scholarships ($2,000 each) to students planning to attend a California community college. The Robert Miller Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a 
student who resides on the Central Coast and plans to major in enology or viticulture at Allan Hancock College or Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Scholarships are awarded to high school seniors whose parent or legal guardian is employed by a California winegrape grower. The foundation awards at least seven scholarships each year and has awarded $342,000 since its inception in 1998. Over the years the scholarship program has enabled children of California winegrape growers to attend college. Most, if not all, may not have been able to pursue college if not for the financial aid offered by these scholarships.

The scholarship program was started as an expression of gratitude to the employees who help make the winegrape and wine community a special part of California culture. The CAWG Foundation is proud to offer this scholarship program made possible through the generous donations of those in the California wine industry. The foundation is at work for all the people who make the wine industry a part of their lives. 

For more information on the scholarship program and to see a video of past winners, please click here.

CAWG Foundation Reception

Date: March 4, 2018
Location: The Sutter Club, 1220 9th St

The California Association of Wine Grapegrowers Foundation (CAWG Foundation) was created to honor the hard work of the men and women who help produce the highest quality winegrapes. As a non-profit public benefit corporation, the foundation was established to conduct education programs, fund scholarships and support research related to the California wine and winegrape industry. The CAWG Foundation is continuing the tradition of supporting the scholarship program with this exciting reception event. The reception will take place at the Sutter Club, and begin at 5:30 PM, with the judging taking place at 6:30 PM.

The event will be paired with CAWG’s Day in the Capitol, with the goal to bring together legislators, other political officials and CAWG members to promote the accomplishments of the foundation and to raise money for the scholarship fund. This year’s event format will once again feature a VIP wine tasting competition where various political leaders will put their decision making to the test by judging a host of wines from across the state. The winning wines will be presented with an award and granted the honor of being considered the best wine as decided by California’s political elite. The reception will also include a silent auction and raffle, with outstanding food, great wine and excellent company, all to support a fantastic cause. 

To view further details regarding the event and to RSVP for the Foundation Reception, please click here to download and complete the form.