The Wine Society of Texas announces Scholarship Grant Program Awards totaling $10,000 for assistance in wine and winery education, internship or field study in Texas, research work as it pertains to grape growing and wine making in the state of Texas.


Midland, Texas (1 September 2016) – The Wine Society of Texas (WST), a 501(c)3 non-profit educational organization, announced that it is awarding grants totaling $10,000 in support of six individuals from around the State.


This scholarship assistance program is consistent with the founding ideas of WST and its continued mission to enhance the appreciation of wines, foster the knowledge of oenology and viticulture, support charitable activities, and educate wine consumers throughout the State of Texas. The funding for the WST Scholarship Grant Program is provided through charitable donations, local WST Chapter fund raising events, and annual statewide wine events.


Following is a summary of this year’s award recipients:


$2,500 James F. Whitley Founder’s Grant is awarded to Amanada Hu. Ms.Hu will be completing graduate study and research in wine marketing and education at Conrad N. Hilton College at University of Houston. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management in 2013, with a minor in Wine and Spirits Management and Marketing


$2,500 Russell D. Kane Grant is awarded to Sherah Mills. Ms. Mills is currently a graduate student at Texas Tech University where she is studying powdery mildew on grapevines.  She received a Bachelor of Science in Plant and Soil Science, specializing in Viticulture and Enology in 2015.


$2,000 Paul and Merrill Bonarrigo Grant is awarded to Michael Hellman. Mr. Hellman is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree from Texas Tech University in Plant and Soil Science with a specialization in Viticulture and Enology.


$1,250 Grant is awarded to Shane Rolen.  Mr. Rolen is a Marine Corps veteran who graduated from West Texas A&M with a degree in Marketing and Management. He is currently pursuing a two year Texas Viticulture Certificate program at Texas Tech in Fredericksburg


$1,000 Grant is awarded to Samuel Smith.  Mr. Smith will be pursuing WSET Level 2 certification at  Texas Tech University in Fredericksburg. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Texas A&M in 2014 with a degree in Biology.


$750 Grant is awarded to Daniela DaSuta. Ms. DaSuta is pursuing WSET Level 4 Diploma program. She is a 2011 graduate from University of Texas majoring in Spanish.



This is the fourteenth year that the WST has provided grant assistance through the Scholarship Grant Program providing over $57,000 in total.  “The Wine Society is pleased to continue its long tradition of providing meaningful scholarships to worthy individuals. This is our way of “going local” to support Texas talent and invest in the future of Texas wine.” said Ms. Shirley Choate, State President of the WST.



About the Wine Society

The Wine Society of Texas (, headquartered in Midland, Texas, was started in 1996 and received its 501(c) 3 non-profit status in 1999. It has over 150 members in three chapters around the State of Texas. The WST mission is: to enhance the appreciation of wine, especially Texas wines; educate the experienced as well as the beginning wine taster; promote the wine makers, and grape growers; foster the knowledge of oenology and viticulture; help in charitable activities throughout the state of Texas; and promote the responsible consumption of wine. The WST organizes events that promote appreciation of wine through education in a comfortable social setting with the aim of building an educated and responsible wine culture in Texas. The WST is focused on the consumers of wine in the State of Texas, providing consumer feedback to wineries, and is actively working with organizations and wineries in the State on various education programs.

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