Founded at the end of Prohibition in 1934, Château Ste. Michelle is the oldest winery in Washington. Combining Old World winemaking traditions with New World modifications, this Woodinville winery is best known for its award-winning Chardonnay, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Wine and Spirits magazine named Château Ste. Michelle winery of the year in 2001. It also serves as company headquarters for Stimson Lane Vineyards and Estates. Along with its history of pioneering vinifera grape growing in the Columbia Valley, Château Ste. Michelle is recognized for its advancements in viticulture research. The winery has been assisted by WSU in conducting various research projects such as the six-year Columbian Valley irrigation study completed in the 1990s. As one of the few premium wineries in the world with two state-of-the-art winemaking operations, one devoted to whites and another to reds, Château Ste. Michelle is on the cutting edge for innovation in the industry.
The income from this fund shall be used to award one or more annual merit-based scholarship(s) to a Washington State University student, according to the following criteria: 1. A student seeking a degree in the Viticulture and Enology Program; 2. High academic standing, as it is perceived by Washington State University; and 3. Directed to junior or senior level students.