WA Wine Industry Foundation Scholarship Recipients

Jati Adiputra is a PhD candidate in Plant Pathology at WSU conducting research into plant diseases, supporting our state’s clean plant work and improving management of grapevine red blotch disease. Jati was awarded the Clore Scholarship.

Carina Ocampo will be a senior this year in the V&E Department at WSU studying pests, diseases, and viruses under Dr. Naidu Rayapati. Her research project, Gambling with Grafting, recently won first place at the Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers Annual Meeting & Convention. Carina plans to continue her education with a Master’s Degree following graduation. Carina was awarded the Clore, Horse Heaven Hills Wine Growers and Foundation Fund Scholarships.

Caroline Merrell is a PhD candidate in the Food Science program at WSU. Working under Dr. Jim Harbertson, Caroline helped successfully develop a method to quickly and inexpensively separate wine tannins and anthocyanins, and is now using this methodology to understand factors that stabilize wine color, contribute to wine mouth feel, and affect tannin size distribution with berry maturity and wine aging. Caroline was awarded the Horse Heaven Hills Wine Growers and Foundation Fund Scholarship.