Lake County Winegrape Commission Awards Scholarship

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Kelseyville, California May 26, 2022 – The Lake County Winegrape Commission recently awarded its first “Future of Agriculture” scholarship to Atlantis Jones, a graduate of Upper Lake High School.

Atlantis Jones (left) of Upper Lake High School receives the first Future of Agriculture scholarship, presented by Lake County Winegrape Commission Chairman Jonathan Walters. Photo credit: Upper Lake Secondary School

The $5,000 scholarship, awarded on behalf of Lake County grape growers, was presented at the Upper Lake High School Scholarship and Awards Night.

“It’s so gratifying to see the positive impact an award like this can have on a student,” said Jonathan Walters, Chairman of the Board of the Lake County Winegrape Commission. “It was a really special night.”

The Commission Scholarship is awarded to a deserving Lake County student who will attend four-year college, and selection is based on academic achievement, financial need, and a demonstrated interest in agriculture.

“Lake County grape growers are honored to be able to give back, to support the youth of our community as they further their education and pursue careers that support Lake County’s agricultural industry,” said Debra Sommerfield, President of the Lake County Winegrape Commission.

The Future of Agriculture Scholarship is the latest extension of the organization’s efforts to support and inspire high school students. The Commission collaborated with the Lake County Farm Bureau to develop “Cultivate – Careers in the Winegrape Industry”, a program that introduces high school students to careers in viticulture, winemaking, marketing and sales. Cultivate took place as an in-person seminar at Ely Stage Stop in early 2020, as a virtual video series in 2021, and as part of Lake County’s first annual Career Days at the park Lake County Expos in 2022.

“A big part of sustainability is developing the workforce of tomorrow,” Sommerfield said. “With these programs, we hope to contribute to both the long-term success of Lake County youth and the long-term sustainability of Lake County agriculture.”

About the Lake County Winegrape Commission

Established in 1991, the Lake County Winegrape Commission (LCWC) has been instrumental in developing the Lake County region’s unwavering commitment to growing high-quality wine grapes, promoting winemaker branding, and raise awareness of the wine region within the wine trade and among wine lovers. A state agency whose efforts focus on marketing, research and education, the LCWC has launched innovative programs such as Master Vigneron Academy®, Elevation of Wine and International Sauvignon Blanc Symposium. For more information, visit www.lakecountywinegrape.org

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