Rabo AgriFinance has made a donation to Sonoma State University to establish a new scholarship that supports students working toward careers in the wine industry. The agribusiness lender made the announcement July 10 at the Wine Business Institute Research Summit held at Sonoma State University in Rohnert Park.

“The Wine Business Institute in the School of Business and Economics at Sonoma State University does an excellent job preparing the future leaders of the global wine sector,” said Charles Day, managing director and business development manager at Rabo AgriFinance’s newly opened Santa Rosa office. “At Rabo AgriFinance, we hold optimism for California’s wine industry in the long term. This scholarship fund expands our contribution to wine’s great future.”

Rabo AgriFinance is a financial solutions provider for leading U.S. agricultural producers and agribusinesses. A subsidiary of the global Rabobank Group, Rabo AgriFinance couples local expertise with global sector knowledge for California’s food, agriculture, renewable energy and wine sectors.

The first $5,000 scholarship can be awarded to an undergraduate student of the Wine Business Institute in the School of Business and Economics for the 2019-2020 academic year. To be eligible, students must declare a major in Business Administration with a Concentration in Wine Business Strategies, be enrolled full time, and demonstrate their desire to advance the wine industry. Recipients may qualify for a second $5,000 scholarship in the following academic year.

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