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NC Fine Wines Scholarship fund

NC Fine Wines Scholarship fund

Support NC students pursuing wine related degrees at NC Colleges and Universities through the NC Fine Wines Scholarship

Please consider making a tax-deductible contribution to the NC Fine Wines Society’s Scholarship Fund and support future North Carolina students pursuing wine-related agritourism degrees. Formed in 2016 as a nonprofit organization with goals to promote the quality of North Carolina Fine Wines and to create a scholarship fund for NC students pursuing wine-related careers at NC colleges and universities, the NC Fine Wines Scholarship Fund is a 501(c)(3) fund that accepts both tax-deductible contributions and matching grants by many corporations.

In 2017 the nonprofit conducted their first competition, and now have their first scholarship recipient, Willie Fitzgerald Leak, Jr., from Kernersville, NC. Mr. Leak will be attending NC Central University this year pursuing a degree in Hospitality and Tourism. The NC Fine Wines Society selected the Winston-Salem Foundation to manage the fund and selection of scholarship winners because of their almost 100 years of history creating successful endowments.

Dan McLaughlin, Secretary and Board Member of the NC Fine Wines Society said that “Working with the agricultural community has been a fantastic opportunity. They want to see local products do well, and that includes both their wines and the foods that are served with them. Vineyard owners also want to make sure that there is a talented group of people who will be able to contribute to the industry’s fantastic growth.”

Cathy McLaughlin and Barbara Raffaldini of the NC Fine Wines Society along with 2017 Scholarship Winner Wille Leak, Jr.

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