Each year, Vineguard works with local wineries to award scholarships to students who want to learn about the wine industry and eventually work within it. The inaugural Vineguard Scholarship Scholarship awards recognize students with a passion for wine. Winners of the scholarship will be given a scholarship to attend one of the Vineguard Wine School courses, and will be encouraged to submit their work to the Vineguard Wine Blog while they are in attendance.  While taking the course, they will be invited to take part in a panel of judges for our online scholarship giveaway.  Applications for the upcoming Vineguard Scholarship will be accepted starting in mid-November.

The Scheid Family Wines Scholarship is a program offering support to students pursuing an education in winemaking, viticulture, and related fields. It is a means for the Scheid Family Winery to help enhance the next generation of the viticulture industry.



To far, SFW has awarded over $380,000 in scholarships to students in Monterey’s Salinas Valley.

Scheid Family Logo26 MAY 2021, SALINAS, CALIFORNIA – The winners of the 2021 Scheid Writing Contest have been announced by Scheid Family Wines. Scheid Family Wines has given more than $380,000 to scholarships for local high school students in Monterey’s Salinas Valley, which is now in its 33rd year.

The Scheid Writing Contest will award a total of $17,900 in scholarships in 2021. Carlos Gabriel-Luis (first place), Haley Rowe (second place), Ethan Alatorre (third place), and Alexander Alcaraz (fourth place) are the senior winners from King City High School. Brandon Morquecho (first place), Elvie Salindo (second place), Ana Carolina Valencia (third place), and Gerardo Solis (fourth place) are the Greenfield High School Senior winners. For their separate award ceremonies, Greenfield High School held a Zoom Virtual event while King City had a drive-in event this year. 

The contest’s winners are selected on the basis of their ability to research and produce a three to five page essay on a specified subject. The theme for this year was Social Media Regulation. Participants were invited to debate whether social media companies have a duty to regulate material and if removing particular information violates the First Amendment right to free expression. They were also asked to weigh in on the benefits and drawbacks of regulation, as well as how they would monitor material if they were the CEO of a major social media site.   

Heidi Scheid, Executive Vice President of Scheid Family Wines and a member of the yearly judging panel, stated, “Scheid Family Wines takes great pleasure in helping our community via the long-running Scheid Writing Contest established by my father, Al Scheid.” “Being able to assist local high school kids in pursuing further education is a way for us to give back. While delving into this difficult yet essential subject, this year’s winners demonstrated great critical thinking and creativity. We are pleased to recognize them for their dedication and accomplishments.” 

Al Scheid founded the Scheid Writing Contest in 1984 to benefit his high school alma mater, Bridgeport High School in Bridgeport, Ohio. He started the tournament to help motivated high school students who wanted to go to college and give back to the community. Mr. Scheid introduced the tournament to King City High School four years later, believing that it would help local schools in the Salinas Valley. Greenfield High School, which was constructed on ground that was formerly part of Scheid’s vineyards, was added to the program in 2001. 

Wines from the Scheid Family

Scheid Family Wines, established in 1972, is a family-owned and managed estate-driven winery. Scheid, based in Monterey County, California, is uniquely integrated to deliver high-quality estate-grown wines to the market via its ecologically certified vineyards and cutting-edge luxury level winery. Scheid’s vineyard and bottling operations are powered entirely by sustainable wind energy produced by a 400-foot tall wind turbine that also serves as a source of electricity for many houses in the area. Scheid Vineyards, Sunny with a Chance of Flowers, District 7, Ryder Estate, Metz Road, VDR, and Stokes’ Ghost are among the Scheid Family Wines’ internationally marketed brands. For particular customers and distributors, Scheid Family Wines also creates a number of locally distributed brands.



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