Bill Powers had an insatiable desire to find new practices to grow better winegrapes. To honor the late owner of Badger Mountain Winery, family and associates created the Bill Powers Sabbatical Fund to give professional employees of the Washington wine industry the opportunity to travel to a wine-producing region of the world and explore winegrape growing or winemaking practices that furthers their career and benefits the industry.
The Powers Sabbatical will award up to $5,000 to an individual each year. Recipients must be working in the Washington state grape or wine industry and have at least five years of experience in viticulture or enology. Applications are due Tuesday, April 30, 2019.
The Washington Wine Industry Foundation manages the fund as well as other scholarships and grants, while developing resources in support of a mission of crafting sustainable solutions to our industry's challenges by bringing together partners and facilitating funding.
Since 2002, the Foundation has awarded over $263,000 to 185 students for education in the grape and wine industry. The Foundation is a place where families can create tax-deductible funds in support of the Washington wine industry. For more information, please visit washingtonwinefoundation.org.