Leading wine company supports research scholarship

18 AUGUST 2021

Leading wine company supports research scholarship

A leading Australian wine company and the National Wine and Grape Industry Centre are joining forces to drive new research for the sector.

  • A new scholarship will support postgraduate research in the wine and grape industry sector
  • Casella Family Brands is partnering with Charles Sturt University to offer the scholarship for a PhD student
  • The scholarship includes the opportunity for industry placement

A leading Australian wine company and a leader in viticulture and wine science education are joining forces to drive new research for the sector.

Family owned wine company Casella Family Brands will support a scholarship for a Charles Sturt University PhD student at the National Wine and Grape Industry Centre.

The $30,000 scholarship over three years of PhD research, is provided through a donation to the Charles Sturt University Foundation and also includes the opportunity for industry placement and office space at the Casella headquarters.

Casella Managing Director John Casella is looking forward to supporting the successful applicant on their higher education journey.

“As a graduate of Charles Sturt University myself, I understand the many pressures students can feel during their studies.

“This prestigious scholarship has been designed to help alleviate some of the financial concerns students may face so they can focus on achieving exceptional results.

“I’m proud to support the development of the next generation of talent in the Australian wine industry and believe studying is an ideal means to ensuring the industry remains resilient and future focused.”

NWGIC Director, Professor Leigh Schmidtke said the scholarship is an investment in Charles Sturt research that will expand our knowledge in viticulture and oenology to support a thriving wine sector

“The generosity of Casella Family Brands in supporting a PhD candidate will help to build the capacity for research in the wine sector into the future.

“Charles Sturt University research is focused on developing solutions for real-world problems and this is another example of how we work closely with industry to achieve innovation.”

Chief Executive Officer of the Foundation Trust, Ms Sarah Ansell, said this scholarship is an example of the University’s commitment to building a better world through education and research.

“Through the wonderful support of donors like Casella Family Brands, the Charles Sturt University Foundation Trust is able to help thousands of students realise their full potential and make a measurable difference to the communities and industries in which they live and work,” Ms Ansell said.

“This scholarship will ease the financial burden of PhD study but it also comes with industry placement to build the connections in the wine sector.”

This year the Charles Sturt University Foundation distributed more than $1.8 million in scholarships while also supporting research and other projects.

Find out more about how philanthropy supports Charles Sturt students and academic programs along with new research and facilities.

Find out more about the Casella Family Brands Scholarship online.


Media Note:

For more information or to arrange an interview, contact Lisa Ditchfield at Charles Sturt Media on mobile 0429 217 026 or news@csu.edu.au


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