We have 118 Scholarship Winners from 1994-2016

Year Student Name Institution Thesis Research Scholarship Name
2016 Jordan Beaver Univ of CA - Davis Isolation of anthocyanin compounds and investigating their interaction with cell wall material Banfi Vintners Foundation/AWSEF Scholarship
2016 Brycen Hill Virginia Tech Finding ways to optimize vine balance by examining strategies to suppress vegetative growth while concomitantly improving fruit quality.

East Tennessee/Smoky Mountains AWS Chapter - In Fond Memory of Our Former Members Who Now Belong to the Chapter Eternal

2016 Jay Martiniuk University of British Columbia Characterizing the Saccharomyces and non-Saccharomyces yeast populations found in the Okanagan wine region of British Columbia, Canada.

Columbus, Ohio AWS Chapter in Memory of Nancy Goorey

2016 Caroline Merrell Washington State University The changes to wine anthocyanin and tannin content during simulated aging.   South Carolina - Tuller AWS Chapter
2016 Megan Schumaker Washington State University To evaluate the influence of the presence of three volatile compounds associated with Brettanomyces growth on the sensory properties of a Portuguese red wine bland.   Lehigh Valley AWS Chapter
2016 Maria Smith Pennsylvania State University Address the productions issues facing growers in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern US regions through the investigation of crop load management techniques. South Eastern PA Region - In Honor of Larry and Elinor Edmonson
2016 Andrej Svyantek Auburn University Characterizing the phenological growth and viticultural traits of three Pierce's Disease resistant 87.5% Vitis vinifera selections grown in the southeastern U.S. North Alabama AWS Chapter - In Honor of Bonnie and Dennis Dilworth
2015 Megan Hall Cornell University Understanding Sour Rot Etiology, Epidemiology, and Developing Management Strategies in the Vineyard Banfi Vintners Foundation / AWSEF
2015 James Moss Virginia Tech Evaluating several nitrogen management schemes and assessing their outcomes on physiological parameters of the vine, as well as grape and wine chemistry Carroll County, MD – G.H. Mowbray Scholarship in Honor of Richard & Carmen Blosveren
2015 Jenna Gargrave Univ of CA - Davis Understanding how grapevine breeding offers solutions for the growing disease and environmental pressures. Columbus, Ohio AWS Chapter, In Appreciation of the Strength & Vitality of the Columbus Chapter
2015 Cain Hickey Virginia Tech Evaluating how timing and extent of fruit-zone leaf and lateral removal has effected fruit composition and yield components in three red-fruited Bordeaux varieties in Virginia: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot.   North Alabama AWS Chapter
2015 Gal Kreitman Pennsylvania State University Understanding the underlying mechanism by which copper interacts with various thiol compounds in wine Pittsburg Region – Alexis D. Hartung Scholarship 
2015 Zachary Cartwright  Washington State University Understanding how Brettanomyces bruxellensis persists in the winery and the vineyard South Carolina – Tuller Scholarship
2015 Caroline Merrell Washington State University The interaction of tannins and anthocyanins over time and the subsequent formation of polymeric pigments in wine Thomas Jefferson Chapter – George Wessel Memorial Scholarship
2014 Stephanie Bolton University of Georgia The study of mycotoxins in red wine produced exclusively from Vitis vinifera grapes North Alabama AWS Chapter Scholarship
2014 Zachary Cartwright Washington State University Understanding the spread and control of wine spoilage microorganisms  Banfi Vintners Foundation /Warburg Pincus Scholarship
2014 Alex Fredrickson Cornell University The retention of tannins in hybrid red wines Houston, Texas AWS Chapter Scholarship
2014 Megan Hall Cornell University Sour Rot, characteristics causing a breakdown in the grape skin and pulp, and production of acetic acid resulting in unusable grapes starting at about 15o Brix.  Cleveland (OH) AWS Chapter Honoring Arnie Esterer
2014 Alison Reeve Oregon State University Relationships between vine vigor, nutrition, and fruit production to better understand the variation in yields  Columbus (OH) AWS Chapter scholarship in appreciation of the strength and vitality of the Columbus chapter
2014 Lindsay Springer Cornell University Factors that limit condensed tannin extraction from grapes during red wine making across a wide variety of red wine cultivars AWSEF Endowment Fund Scholarship
2013 Allison Baker Washington State University The sensory science of wine, specifically, wine finish and its association with wine quality Columbus (OH) AWS Chapter scholarship in appreciation of the strength and vitality of the Columbus chapter
2013 Nicholas Bokulich Univ of CA - Davis How the microbial consortium responsible for wine fermentation interacts both internally and with its environment to dictate wine quality outcomes AWSEF Endowment Fund Scholarship
2013 Stephanie Bolton University of Georgia The study of mycotoxins in red wine, which includes a look into the fungal biodiversity of American vineyards and the application of air-assisted, pneumatic atomizing electrostatic spray technology to combat vineyard diseases North Alabama Chapter Scholarship
2013 Amanda Howland Oregon State University To determine the spatial distribution of plant-parasitic nematodes in semi-arid Pacific Northwestern vineyards and to determine the infectivity and reproduction rate of Meloidogyne hapla, northern root-knot nematode, in varieties and clones grown in the Pacific Northwest AWSEF General Fund Scholarship
2013 Laura Jones Univ of CA - Davis Identifying sources of grapevine genetic resistance to powdery mildew infection using high-throughput sequencing technology SE Pennsylvania Region Scholarship in honor of Audrey and Dick Naylor (First Capital Chapter, York)
2013 Alison Reeve Oregon State University Vine balance for Oregon Pinot Noir and the use of competitive ground cover and varying crop levels to understand the effects on vine physiology 2012 AWSEF Silent Auction Scholarship
2013 Alejandra Aguilar Solis Cornell University The growth and penetration of spoilage yeast in winery cooperage and disinfection methods for cooperage in wineries as a means to improve the finished quality of wines Banfi Vintners Foundation/AWSEF Scholarship
2012 Christina M. Bavougian University of Nebraska-Lincoln Vine balance and managing vigor in canopy management and trellising Columbus (OH) AWS Chapter scholarship in appreciation of the strength and vitality of the Columbus chapter
2012 Nicholas Bokulich Univ of CA - Davis How the microbial consortium responsible for wine fermentation interacts both internally and with its environment to dictate wine quality outcomes AWSEF Endowment Fund Scholarship
2012 Charles Frohman Cornell University Reduction of energy (cooling) requirements in winemaking to decrease stuck fermentation and to lower negative sensory attributes Eastern Pennsylvania AWS Region/Rett Oren Honorary Scholarship
2012 Lindsay Jordan Cornell University Improvement of fruit quality in the Finger Lakes appellation Cleveland (OH) AWS Chapter scholarship
2012 Misha Kwasniewski Cornell University Persistence of elemental sulfur when applied to grapes as a fungicide and its impact on wine quality Carroll County (MD) AWS Chapter/G. Hamilton Mowbray scholarship in memory of Bill Brown
2012 Amanda Stewart Purdue University Identifying differences in juice composition in hybrid and native grape varieties that impart distinct aromas and flavors in wine 2011 AWS Conference Scholarship
2012 Gordon A. Walker Univ of CA - Davis Understanding the microbial dynamics that can lead to the induction of [GAR+] in yeast populations, and how that works to establish sluggish and arrested wine fermentations Banfi Vintners Foundation/AWSEF  Scholarship
2011 Christina M. Bavougian University of Nebraska-Lincoln Sustainable management of vigor and vine balance Perkiomen Valley AWS Chapter
2011 Meredith Bell Univ of CA - Davis Factors that influence tannin levels and polymeric pigments in grapes and wine Banfi Vintners Scholarship/AWSEF
2011 Charles Frohman Cornell University Reducing energy (cooling) requirements in winemaking Alexis Descaunets Hartung Memorial Scholarship
2011 Nicole Gaudette Brock University (Ontario, Canada) Use of health-promoting, grape-derived compounds to fortify various foods and beverages  North Alabama AWS Chapter
2011 Claire Heinitz Univ of CA - Davis The genetics of salt tolerance in the southwest germplasm Carroll County AWS Chapter/G. Hamilton Mowbray scholarship given in honor of Jack and Emily Johnston
2011 J. Nicholas Jackowetz Cornell University Varying strategies to reduce the amount of sulfites (SO2) needed to stabilize wines Eastern PA AWS Region in memory of Joe Nardone
2011 Amanda Stewart Purdue University Identification of differences in juice composition in hybrid and native grape varieties that impart distinct aromas and flavors in wine Columbus AWS Chapter in memory of John Stukenberg         
2011 Gordon A. Walker Univ of CA - Davis Develop diagnostic methods and tools to help enologists, brewers, and pharmaceutical companies avoid costly stuck fermentations South Carolina AWS Regional Scholarship awarded in honor of Hal Kohn and in memory of Bill Tuller and Bjorn Thogersen
2011 Patsy Wilson University of Kentucky Effects of cultural practices on fruit quality, wine quality, cold hardiness, and the overall sustainability of wine health of Vidal Blanc Thomas Jefferson AWS Chapter in memory of George S. Wessel 
2010 Michael Anderson University of British Columbia The increasing need for industrial strains of Saccharomyces cerevisiae with higher ethanol tolerance Eastern Pennsylvania AWS Regional Scholarship in honor of Joyce Vecchiolli
2010 Marin Talbot Brewer Cornell University Population structure & genetics of the economically devastating grape powdery mildew fungus Columbus (OH) AWS Chapter Scholarship in memory of Vinny Spagna, C. J. Keeger, and Mary Quilter
2010 Nicole Gaudette Brock University (Ontario, Canada) Investigating the health properties associated with moderate red wine consumption Cleveland (OH) AWS Chapter Scholarship in memory of Jane Moulton
2010 Rebecca Nelson Cornell University The impact of terroir on Riesling typicity in the Finger Lakes region of New York state Banfi Vintners Foundation Scholarship in memory of Lucio Sorre
2010 Justin Scheiner Cornell University Improving red wine grape quality in cool climates Alexis Descaunets Hartung Scholarship in memory of Alexis Descaunets Hartung
2010 Patsy Wilson University of Kentucky Effects of cultural practices on fruit quality, wine quality, cold hardiness, and the overall sustainability of wine health of Vidal Blanc Southeast AWS Regional Scholarship
2009 Michael J. Anderson University of British Columbia Yeasts & their ability to withstand various stressors during fermentation North Alabama AWS Chapter Scholarship
2009 Martha R. Bajec Brock University (Ontario, Canada) Individual differences in the way we perceive a wine's taste, aroma, and astringency Carroll County (MD)/G. Hamilton Mowbray AWS Chapter Scholarship in memory of Joe and Nattie Wood
2009 Marin Talbot Brewer Cornell University Population structure & genetics of the economically devastating grape powdery mildew fungus Lucio Sorre Memorial Scholarship (Banfi)
2009 Kevin  P. Fort Univ of CA - Davis Development of grapevine rootstocks having increased tolerance to saltwater South Carolina AWS Regional Scholarship
2009 Nicholas E. Gislason Univ of CA - Davis Chemical means for controlling the oxidative damage to wine & beer that causes these products to become stale Columbus (OH) AWS Chapter Scholarship
2009 Trent L. Preszler Cornell University Predict the ideal crop load for Northeast Riesling Growers that balances flavor chemistry with production economics Eastern Pennsylvania AWS Regional Scholarship
2008 Craig N. Austin Cornell University The effects of sunlight & shading on Powdery Mildew development Lucio Sorre Memorial Scholarship (Banfi)
2008 Denise M. Gardner Virginia Tech Aromatic volatile compound changes from the same variety regional Virginia wine Eastern Pennsylvania Regional Scholarship
2008 Derrick L. Hammons University of Kentucky Developing guidelines for sustainable management of Japanese Beetle and green June Beetle Tennessee Chapters Scholarship in honor of Robert Kryter
2008 Christopher J. Snowden University of Guelph (Ontario, Canada) Regulation of hexose transporters in response to shifting nutrient conditions in S. cerevisiae AWSEF Endowment Fund Scholarship
2008 Emily Terrell University of British Columbia Yeast's biotin biosynthetic pathway and the biotin status of yeast undergoing fermentation AWSEF General Fund Scholarship
2007 Craig N. Austin Cornell University The effects of sunlight & shading on Powdery Mildew development. AWSEF Scholarship
2007 Michelle M. Moyer Cornell University Refining knowledge of the powdery mildew disease cycle in cooler climates Eastern PA. Regional Scholarship honoring Julie & John Hasson
2007 Amelie Dube Morneau Washington State University Investigation of the acetaldehyde metabolism of Brettanomyces Lucio Sorre Memorial Scholarship (Banfi)
2007 Vinay Pagay Cornell University The basis of ripening variability of Cabernet Franc & Concord grapes N. Alabama Chapter Scholarship honoring Dick and Susan Marsden
2007 Chris Snowden University of Guelph (Ontario, Canada) Regulation of hexose transporters in response to shifting nutrient conditions in S. cerevisiae AWS Commercial Wine Competition Judges Scholarship
2007 Emily Terrell University of British Columbia Yeast's biotin biosynthetic pathway and the biotin status of yeast undergoing fermentation Columbus (OH) AWS Chapter Scholarship
2006 Martha Bajek University of Guelph (Ontario, Canada) Correlation Between Mouthfeel, Aroma and the Perception of Astringency Eastern PA. Regional Scholarship in Honor of Sandy and Don Gauntner
2006 Jeremiah Baumgartel Univ of CA - Davis Improving the Understanding of Pierce’s Disease South Carolina Region in Memory of Bjorn Thogersen
2006 Michelle Moyer Cornell University Management of Grape Powdery Mildew Lucio Sorre Memorial Scholarship (Banfi)
2006 Vinay Pagay Cornell University Physiology of Grape Ripening and Methods to Reduce Maturation Variability in Red Varietals Carroll County Chapter, Maryland Region’s G. Hamilton Mobray Memorial Scholarship Fundin memory of Al Kacsur
2006 Ron Runnebaum Univ of CA - Davis Impact of Various Wine Constituents on the Perception of Wine Body Eastern PA. Regional Scholarship in Memory of Mr. Louis Di Giacomo
2006 Kirsten Skogerson Univ of CA - Davis Development of Analytical Tools for Both Researchers and Winemakers Tennessee Chapter Scholarship Honoring Mr. Al Porell
2005 Taryn Bauerle Pennsylvania State University Cryoanalytical Microscopy of Embolisms in Vitis Roots George Wilson Memorial Scholarship
2005 Jodi Creasap Cornell University Prevention of Crown Gall Tumors Suffolk County Wally Schandall Memorial
2005 Ashley Myers North Carolina State University Pierce’s Disease of Grapevines AWSEF Endowment Fund Scholarship
2005 Ron Runnebaum Univ of CA - Davis Physiological modeling of wine body Carolinas Regional Scholarship
2005 Patricia Skinkis Purdue University Viticultural Practices to Enhance Wine Quality Columbus (OH) AWS Chapter Scholarship
2005 Kirsten Skogerson Univ of CA - Davis Regulating the impact of fanleaf virus infection Banfi in Memory of Lucio Sorre
2005 Amelie Morneau Univ of CA - Davis Reduction of preservative sulphur dioxide additional through control of acetaldehyde by lactic acid bacteria growth AWSEF Endowment Fund Scholarship
2005 Warren Place Univ of CA - Davis Sugar sensing, transport and metabolism in yeast growing in low-sugar environments AWSEF Endowment Fund Scholarship
2004 Taryn Bauerle Pennsylvania State University Cryoanalytical Microscopy of Embolisms in Vitis Roots Eastern PA Regional in Honor of Dr Les Sperling
2004 Patricia Sobieck Purdue University Viticultural Practices to Enhance Wine Quality AWS In Honor of Angel Nardone
2004 Diane Choo Univ of CA - Davis Terroir as it Relates to Tannin Profiles in Pinot Noir Grapes Banfi in Memory of Lucio Sorre
2004 Ashley Myers North Carolina State University Pierce’s Disease of Grapevines Carroll County (MD) In Memory of H. Mowbray
2004 Heather Melidossian Cornell University A Naturally Occurring Tydeid Mite as Biological Control for Powdery Mildew Carolinas Regional Scholarship in Honor of Hal Kohn
2003 Heather Melidossian Cornell University Naturally Occurring Tydeid Mite as Biological Control for Powdery Mildew Lucio Sorre Memorial Scholarship from Banfi
2003 Angela Lee Univ of CA - Davis Genetic Diversity for Hydrogen Sulfite Production in Saccharomyces cerevisiae AWS Commercial Wine Competition Judges Scholarship
2003 Laurie E. Boyden Cornell University Allelism of Root-knot Nematode Resistance in Grapevines Annette & Alan Derkacs Scholarship from Eastern PA
2003 Kristin M. Lowe Univ of CA - Davis Rootstock Breeding for Root-knot Nematode Resistance via Genetic Mapping Howard Timberlake Memorial Scholarship from South Carolina Region
2003 Jane M. Coventry University of Guelph (Ontario, Canada) Anthocyanin and Resveratrol Gene Expression Columbus, Ohio Chapter Scholarship
2002 Tamara Roush Univ of CA - Davis Mechanisms of resistance to phylloxera Banfi, Lucio Sorre Memorial
2002 Marti Williams Univ of CA - Davis Brett-generated organics and their impact on wine quality Bjorn Thogerson Fund, Bjorn Thogerson Memorial
2002 Beth Guguino Virginia Tech Composted soil amendments for managing declining vineyard sites Eastern PA, Horace Hall Memorial
2002 Laurie Boyden Cornell University Root knot nematodes Bjorn Thogerson Memorial Fund, Bill Tuller Memorial
2002 Tyler Thomas Univ of CA - Davis Wine Education Suffolk (NY) Chapter Jane Schandall Memorial
2001 Justine van den Heuvel University of Guelph (Ontario, Canada) Trellising system effects on yield and must quality Lucio Sorre Scholarship (Banfi)
2001 Kristen M. Lowe Univ of CA - Davis Genetics and inheritance of root-knot nematode resistance Davis A. Torso Scholarship
2001 Steven Marko Calif. State Univ - Fresno Amino acid assays using Formol titrations Pierre & Marie van Malderen Scholarship
2001 Tamara Roush Univ of CA - Davis Genetic mechanisms of resistance and susceptibility to phylloxera Shirley A. Martin Scholarship
2000 Alan Krivanek Univ of CA - Davis Genetics of Pierce’s disease resistance in grape vines AWSEF Scholarship
2000 Anna K. Mansfield Virginia Tech Optimizing perceived flavor and aroma in wine AWSEF Scholarship
2000 Jill M. Richardson Cornell University Characterizing flavor profiles during ML fermentation AWSEF Scholarship
2000 Teresa Lynn Walker University of Arkansas Electrochemical pH modification of wine Columbus (OH) AWS Chapter Scholarship
1999 Natasha L. Boffman Univ of CA - Davis Stability of proteins in wine AWSEF Scholarship
1999 Alan Krivanek Univ of CA - Davis Genetics of grape resistance to Pierce’s disease AWSEF Scholarship
1999 Teresa Lynn Walker University of Arkansas Electrochemical pH modification of wine AWSEF Scholarship
1999 Jane Marie Yegge Univ of CA - Davis Sensory and non-sensory attributes of wine AWSEF Scholarship
1998 Elwyn A. Gladstone UC Davis Canopy density AWSEF Scholarship
1998 Jonathan Licker Cornell Flavors via brettanomyces AWSEF Scholarship
1997 Leilah E. Backhus Univ of CA - Davis Gene expression in fermenting yeast AWSEF Scholarship
1997 Peter Cousins Univ of CA - Davis Genetics of root knot nematodes AWSEF Scholarship
1996 Peter Cousins Univ of CA - Davis Root knot nematodes AWSEF Scholarship
1996 Kevin W. Sea Univ of CA - Davis Hydrogen sulfide prevention AWSEF Scholarship
1995 David Miller Michigan State University Photosynthate partitioning AWSEF Scholarship
1995 Renee T. Threlfall University of Arkansas Concentration of resveratrol AWSEF Scholarship
1994 Brigitte Marineau Cornell University Late fermentation chemistry AWSEF Scholarship
1994 Renee T. Threlfall University of Arkansas Concentration of resveratrol AWSEF Scholarship