Applications for scholarships awarded through the Californian Association of Winegrape Growers Foundation are now being accepted.
These scholarships are available to students whose parent or legal guardian is employed by a California winegrape grower.
One Robert Miller Memorial Scholarship is also awarded each year.
The CAWG Foundation board awards scholarships based on demonstrated excellence in the classroom and in the community — academic achievement, extracurricular activities, public service, community involvement — scholastic ability, financial need, leadership experience, and a personal essay.
Each year, three, 4-year scholarships are available at $8,000 ($24,000 total) for students who plan to attend any campus in the University of California or California State University system. There are also three 2-year scholarships available at $2,000 ($6,000 total) for attending any California community college.
The Robert Miller Memorial Scholarship provides either $500 for Alan Hancock College or $1,000 for Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.
Since the program started in 1998 CAWG Foundation has awarded $554,500 in scholarships to students pursuing higher education.
Applications can be found at cawgfoundation.org and are due March 4.
— Caleb Beeghly