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WSWA Announces Scholarships to Help 27 Wholesaler Employees’ Families Pay for College

Awards presented to 10 companies in 13 states

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – More than two dozen college students from across the country were awarded scholarships from the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA) Educational Foundation to help pay for their higher education, the association announced today.

The competitive awards are presented each year to college student dependents of WSWA member firm employees, based on an assessment of the application elements by an independent board of judges.

For the 2014-2015 school year, the WSWA Educational Foundation awarded scholarships to 27 students representing ten different wholesaler companies operating in 13 states plus the District of Columbia.

“If there is one word that best describes America’s wine and spirits wholesalers, it’s ‘family,’” said Craig Wolf, WSWA President and CEO. “Many of today’s wholesalers are run by third, fourth or even fifth generation owners. The same can be said of our members’ employees—it’s not unusual for children to follow a parent into a career with a family-owned wholesaler,” Wolf added.

“One of the ways WSWA helps support the wholesaler family is through the WSWA Educational Foundation College Scholarship Program. Recipients deserve our congratulations for their hard work and commitment to higher education,” Wolf added.

Scholarship recipients for the 2014-2015 school year include:

$1,000 Awards

  • Casey Behnke, Beloit, Wis.;  incoming freshman at University of Wisconsin, Madison; father employed by Southern Wine & Spirits of South Carolina;
  • Jessica Blyden, Columbia, S.C.; senior at Winthrop University; mother employed by Republic National Distributing Company;
  • Jazmin Butzin, Mahomet, Ill.; incoming freshman at University of Illinois; father employed by Wirtz Beverage Illinois;
  • Taylor Donia, Tabernacle, N.J.; sophomore at Clarion University of Pennsylvania; father employed by Opici Wine Company;
  • Jasmine Estiva, Union City, Calif.; incoming freshman at University of California, Davis; mother employed by Southern Wine & Spirits of Southern California;
  • Emily Harris, Southlake, Texas; incoming freshman at North Carolina State University; father employed by Republic National Distributing Company;
  • Nicole Johnson, Southlake, Texas; incoming freshman at Texas A&M University; father employed by Republic National Distributing Company;
  • Dennis Lejardi, Miami, Fla.; incoming freshman at University of Miami; father employed by Southern Wine & Spirit, Inc.;
  • Abby Mattson, Blue Springs, Mo.; incoming freshman at Northwest Missouri State University; father employed by Major Brands – Kansas City;
  • Devin Melancon, Arnaudville, La.; incoming freshman at University of Louisiana, Monroe; father employed by Republic National Distributing Company;
  • Jenna Monid, Sussex, N.J.; incoming freshman at Drexel University; father employed by R&R Marketing, LLC;
  • Alyssa Raguso, Eastchester, N.Y.; sophomore at Wake Forest University; father employed by Southern Wine & Spirits of New York, Inc.;
  • Jordan Restrepo, Miramar, Fla.; sophomore at University of Florida; father employed by Southern Wine & Spirits Inc.;
  • Lukas Wheeler, Savage, Minn.; senior at University of Minnesota, Duluth; father employed by Southern Wine & Spirits of Minnesota, LLC;
  • Ayla Wing, Dearborn Heights, Mich.; incoming freshman at the University of Michigan; father employed by NWS of Michigan.

$2,500 Award

  • Emily Burns, Dallas, Texas; incoming freshman at University of Texas; mother employed by Glazer’s, Inc.;
  • Jack Finn, Mokena, Ill.; incoming freshman at Iowa State University; mother employed by Southern Wine & Spirits of Illinois, Inc.;
  • Sara Freda, Yorba Linda, Calif.; incoming freshman at University of California, Los Angeles; father employed by Southern Wine & Spirits of California;
  • Tamika George, Homestead, Fla.; junior at Miami Dade College; father employed by Southern Wine & Spirits, Inc.;
  • Chariah Ghee, Upper Marlboro, Md.; sophomore at University of Maryland, Honors College; father employed by Republic National Distributing Company;
  • Jedidiah Gist, Seneca, S.C.; incoming freshman at Clemson University; father employed by Ben Arnold—Sunbelt Beverage Co. of Charleston;
  • Madeline Hayes, Frisco, Colo.; senior at Colorado State University; father employed by Beverage Distributors, LLC;
  • Harriette Houser, Orange Park, Fla.; incoming freshman at Florida State University; father employed by Southern Wine & Spirits of Northern Florida;
  • Andrew LaBell, Stanhope, N.J.; junior at American University; mother employed by Lauber Selections;
  • Dominic LaBell, Stanhope, N.J.; incoming freshman at Cornell University; mother employed by Lauber Selections;
  • Emilie Lawless, Lafayette, La.; incoming freshman at Texas A&M University; father employed by Glazer’s of Louisiana - Lafayette;
  • John McNiell, Nashville, Tenn.; junior at Auburn University; mother employed by Best Brands Incorporated.

Now in its fifth year, the WSWA Educational Foundation offers $1,000 and $2,500 scholarships annually. In these five years, WSWA has given scholarships to more than 75 students. The scholarship competition is open to college-going dependents of WSWA member company employees. 

WSWA is a national trade association representing the wholesale tier of the wine and spirits industry. With 350 member companies across all 50 states and the District of Columbia, WSWA is the voice for wholesalers in Congress, the administration, the courts, with the news media and in communities across America. 

Information about WSWA and the WSWA Educational Foundation is available at www.wswa.org.

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