Fifty Students Awarded 2023 WSWA Educational Foundation Scholarships

Oct 16, 2023
Washington, D.C.
Children of WSWA Wholesaler Member Employees Receive $100K in Scholarships to Help Fund Higher Education

WASHINGTON, D.C., 10/16/2023 – The WSWA Educational Foundation – the charitable arm of Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA) – has today announced fifty recipients of its annual scholarship program. The winning students, children of member-wholesaler employees ranging from truck drivers to sales representatives and account managers, were awarded $2,000 each to help fund their higher education expenses.


2023 Educational Foundation Scholarship Recipients and their WSWA Member Company Wholesaler Affiliation:

Krish Patel Allied Beverage Group, LLC
Ethan Hagen Allied Beverage Group, LLC
Owen Skoglund Breakthru Beverage Group
Grace Johnson Breakthru Beverage Group
Shea  Mahon  Connecticut Distributors Inc.
Lexie Niebrugge Donnewald Distributing
Anthony Vega Eagle Brands Sales and Double Eagle Distributing
Elle Bolstad General Beverage Sales Co.
Steven Iwanek Jr. Heidelberg Distributing Co.
Lilianna DiBartolo Heidelberg Distributing Co.
Peter Pietryka Horizon Beverage Group
Mikayla Vine Horizon Beverage Group
James DeRosa Opici Family Distributing
Shruti Roy Opici Family Distributing
Karen Marin Flores Reyes Beverage Group
Lily  Holbrook RNDC
Sean Sullivan RNDC
Isabel Stone RNDC
Gage Vaananen RNDC
Hope Butler RNDC
Charles Godwin RNDC
Winter Niu RNDC
Owen Merwarth SGWS
Sadie Niblett SGWS
Jason Stoeckel SGWS
Guy Passmore SGWS
Chloe Bontoux SGWS
Grace O'Malley SGWS
Alejandro Cuesta SGWS
Madelyn  McDonald  SGWS
Nicholas Cicora SGWS
Aubrie  Charter SGWS
Emely Marroquin SGWS
Brigitte Bontoux SGWS
Morgan Blakey SGWS
McKenna Miller SGWS
Jacob Muckerman SGWS
Rylan Sensabaugh SGWS
Cheryl Shin SGWS
Sophie Hodgson SGWS
Nicholas Feinman SGWS
Samantha  Scalzo SGWS
Kadden Kobayashi SGWS
Caleb Mortenson SGWS
Mariana De Jesus SGWS
Peyton Steen SGWS
Jacob Fitzpatrick SGWS
Andrew Williams Standard Beverage Corp.
Zachary Clark The Odom Corporation
Logan Akau The Odom Corporation


“We are honored to present 50 children of our wholesaler members with this well-deserved scholarship,” said Francis Creighton, WSWA’s president and CEO. “The students should be immensely proud of this accomplishment in being selected as one of the few to receive these funds for their higher education endeavors. I look forward to seeing the success of each recipient in school and beyond. Congratulations!”


There were nearly 400 applications submitted this year. The 50 students selected represent 13 WSWA member companies in 22 states. Eligible applicants are required to be a dependent of a full-time distributor employee working for a WSWA-member company. Beneficiaries were selected by an independent panel of judges through a competitive application process.


The Educational Foundation Scholarship is made possible by the generosity of many WSWA’s wholesaler members.


Since its inception in 2010, the WSWA Educational Foundation has awarded over $1,000,000 in scholarships. For more information or to donate to this program, please visit our website here.


About Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America 

WSWA is the national trade association representing the distribution tier of the wine and spirits industry, dedicated to advancing the interests and independence of distributors and brokers of wine and spirits. Founded in 1943, WSWA has more than 380 member companies in 50 states and the District of Columbia, and its members distribute more than 80 percent of all wine and spirits sold at wholesale in the United States.   


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