Texas Hill Country Wineries Association Scholarships

The Texas Hill Country Wine Industry Scholarship program is a core THCW program. Our Community Outreach Committee is charged with awarding academic scholarships to Texas residents enrolled in a school or college program related to and benefiting the Texas Wine Industry. The scholarship awards are funded by THCW event ticket sales, field day profits, as well as individual, winery and business donations.

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Over The Years

  • 2017

    The committee, Board of Directors and Member Wineries awarded $11,000 in scholarships to 12 students.

  • 2018

    Texas Hill Country Wineries awarded $10,000 to 9 students enrolled at Texas A&M University, Texas Tech University and the Philly Wine School.

  • 2019

    Texas Hill Country Wineries awarded $12,500 to 9 students enrolled at Texas A&M University, Texas Tech University and Texas State University.

  • 2020

    Texas Hill Country Wineries awarded $9.500 to 10 students enrolled at Texas A&M University, Texas Tech University and University of Houston.

  • 2021

    Texas Hill Country Wineries awarded $12,500 to 7 students enrolled at Texas A&M University, Texas Tech University and University of Houston.

  • 2022

    Texas Hill Country Wineries awarded $15,000 to 10 students enrolled at Texas A&M University, Texas Tech University, Palo Alto College and University of Houston.

Special Scholarship Awards

  • Blake Bingham Memorial Scholarship

    Established in 2021 in memory of Blake Bingham and his love of the Texas wine industry, this special scholarship award continues in his name each year.

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  • Texas Wine Community Scholarships

    Established in 2019 these scholarships are funded by donations directly from Texas wine industry members. Thank you to Vinovium Partners and The Wine & Food Foundation of Texas for helping establish this special scholarship.

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  • Texas A&M Hill Country Wine Endowment

    In 2021, Texas Hill Country Wineries was approached by A&M and members to establish a $25,000 scholarship endowment fund. Over the following 5 years, the association pays into this endowment until the total is reached - in 2026 the association, in conjunction with A&M, will begin awarding scholarships from this fund in addition to the scholarship funds already established.

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Hear From The Recipients

"This scholarship meant a great deal to me because I felt like my academic work and perseverance was being recognized. This scholarship gave me financial peace of mind (especially with two children) and gave me the ability to excel academically. Without this scholarship, I would not have been able to afford a full course load for the semester. My family and I would like to thank you for the scholarship! It really has had a life changing impact. I was able to make the President’s list for the semester (full course load with all A’s). As a result, my GPA rose significantly and I was able to apply for and be accepted into the Honors College. I am very excited to begin conducting research and I hope to be able to give back to the community as my career in research advances."

Gabriella Hale, Texas Tech University

"The THCW Scholarship has been a huge blessing.  It has helped me further my education at Texas A&M.  I am trying to graduate debt free so that I can start my vineyard as soon as possible after college.  Every scholarship helps me towards my goal.  After graduating Texas A&M, I plan on moving up to Brownfield, TX.  I would like to work for another operation for a few years so that I can be mentored.  Then I plan on putting in my own vineyard and selling quality wine grapes to Texas wineries.  In the long run, I’d like to start my own winery.”

Madison Hawkins, Texas A&M University

“Receiving the THCW scholarship has been such an honor. It is so incredible and so encouraging to know that I have the support of the Texas wine industry behind me in pursuit of my goals and dreams. The THCW scholarship has aided me financially and has also provided me with many networking opportunities with individuals in the industry. Lastly, the THCW scholarship has offered me the chance to learn more about growing, making, and sharing Texas wine through my attendance to the THCW Wine Symposium.This summer I have the incredible opportunity to be working as a production intern at William Chris Vineyards.  I will be beginning my fourth week of work and have learned so much already. I am looking forward to experiencing my first harvest and learning as much as I can during my internship!”

Claire Richardson, Texas A&M University

“The THCW Scholarship meant a lot to me.  It showed me that people in the Texas wine industry want to help students in furthering their education in the wine industry.  My future plans are to hopefully become a vineyard manager.”

Randa Homann, Texas A&M University, 2017 recipient

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A Wine Experience Only Texas Can Offer

Texas Hill Country Wineries (THCW) is a non-profit trade association dedicated to promoting both our member wineries and the exceptional Texas Hill Country wine region. From Austin to Fredericksburg, Lampasas to New Braunfels, we bring together a thriving community of winemakers and wine enthusiasts. Through the creation of spectacular events and unforgettable experiences, our goal is to raise awareness, drive visitors to member wineries, provide industry education and support the next generation with scholarships.

Whether you’re new to the world of wine or a longtime aficionado, we invite you to discover the unique flavors, breathtaking landscapes and genuine hospitality that make our region truly special.

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Join us for Texas Wine Month

Make it a Holly Jolly Holiday and join us in the Hill Country this December for the Christmas Wine Affair!

Your signature passport ticket benefits include a complimentary wine tasting and a 15% discount on 3+ bottle purchases at each of the 45+ participating wineries. Drink it all in with us an experience the award-winning wines the Texas Hill Country has to offer.

This is the time of year we’ve all been waiting for…a chill in the air, baking, wrapping, fireplaces and the Christmas Wine Affair in the Hill Country! Savor all that Texas Wine Country has to offer this holiday season from November 27 – December 22, 2023, sipping and sampling throughout Hill Country Wineries. Join us for one day of the event or all twenty-five on this self-guided tour. 

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