American Vineyard Foundation Announces Viticulture & Enology Student Scholarship Awards

Napa, CA – The American Vineyard Foundation (AVF) is awarding five grants to graduate students who are conducting viticulture and enology research at University of California Davis and Fresno State University. Funds for these grants are provided by the André Tchelistcheff and Dr. Richard Peterson Scholarship Programs, which the AVF has managed since 2007.

Scholarship committee members Dorothy Tchelistcheff, Dick Peterson and Bob Steinhauer weighed factors including: research value to the industry, diversity of fields of study, diversity of institutions and research labs when selecting award recipients. “We had an impressive applicant response this year, and while we wish we could extend our reach even further, we are pleased to help support these students in their current research and education goals,” said Tony Stephen, the AVF’s Board Chairman.

UC Davis students Kayla Burns and Claire Heinitz will focus on viticulture-related research, while Scott Frost and Anna Mantheakis research enology-related issues. FSU student Clinton Nelson is working with Dr. Kaan Kurtural on the cultural practices and management of red varietals in the San Joaquin Valley. Nelson is working to provide guidelines for commercial growers to improve grape quality and growing efficiency, while maintaining or improving yield.

About the American Vineyard Foundation

The American Vineyard Foundation (AVF) is a non-profit organization that enjoys generous voluntary industry support for research in viticulture and enology. The AVF provides a unique opportunity to unify the industry through efficient funding of basic and applied research contributing to the American grape and wine industry’s position as the world’s leader.