Scholarships and prizes worth a total of $180,000 over the next three years have been announced today for students of grape growing and winemaking at the University of Adelaide.

A donation from Casella Family Brands, one of Australia’s best known wine brands and makers of Yellow Tail wine, has made these scholarships and prizes possible.

Three undergraduate scholarships will be offered to students starting their courses in 2018. Successful applicants will receive $15,000 in the first year of their studies.

“This is great news for students, helping them achieve their dreams of studying wine courses at the University of Adelaide,” says Vladimir Jiranek, Professor of Oenology at University of Adelaide’s Waite campus.

“Thanks to the generous support of Casella Family Brands, aspiring grape growers and winemakers from outside Adelaide, or those who would not otherwise be able to afford the cost of studying and living in Adelaide, will be able to pursue their passion.”

A $5000 scholarship is also on offer to a student undertaking wine grape or winemaking research.

In addition to the scholarships, there are also two prizes worth $5000 each for high-achieving students already studying winemaking; one in the Bachelor program and one in the Masters.

“Casella Family Brands has always championed excellence in grape growing and winemaking ever since the 1950s,” says John Casella, Managing Director of Casella Family Brands, Australia’s largest family-owned winery.

“These scholarships and prizes will encourage students to excel in their studies and plant the seeds for the future of young grape growers and winemakers. The two winners of the $5000 prizes will also have the opportunity to undertake a vintage placement at Casella’s winery. This will be the first step on their career ladders.”

Students eligible for the scholarships include those transferring into the Bachelor of Viticulture and Oenology from other programs outside the University of Adelaide, as well as new undergraduates.

The scholarships and prizes will be awarded each year for three years starting in 2018. Students need to submit their applications for the scholarships by 2 March 2018. There is still a narrow window of time for students to apply for commencement in the undergraduate program in semester 1 in 2018 – please contact SATAC and the Faculty of Sciences as soon as possible.

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