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Fund gives scholarships to kids of vineyard farm workers

The SIP for Scholars event is Feb. 28
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Posted at 5:00 AM, Feb 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-21 10:59:48-05

The community is invited to an event to support the children of vineyard farm workers through a growing scholarship program.

Since 2015, the Vineyard Team Education Scholarship Fund has given over $75,000 to local students, many of whom are the first to attend college in their families.

This year, wine sustainability group SIP Certified and the Vineyard Team are aiming to raise $25,000 for students.

SIP Certified's Certification Manager Beth Vukmanic-Lopez says the scholarship program is part of the organization's greater mission to promote overall sustainability in the local wine industry.

"When you talk about sustainability, you think about what you're doing to take care of our Mother Earth but you can't do that without the people," Vukmanic-Lopez said. "The people are our most valuable resource so, this was our way of giving back."

The SIP for Scholars event on Friday, February 28 will raise funds to directly benefit the scholarship fund.

"It's really a dream of their families because a lot of them are first-generation college kids so it's a way for them to really improve their future and achieve all of their highest goals," Vukmanic-Lopez said.

For $30, people can enjoy appetizers and wine tastings from 10 local, SIP Certified wineries.

The event will be held at Niner Wine Estates in Paso Robles from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Tickets for the event are available online.