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CRŪ Winery Launches Scholarship with California State University System


MADERA, CA (March 8, 2021) – In honor of International Women’s Day, CRŪ Winery, a family-owned winery that  produces award-winning wines from premier appellations on California’s Central Coast, is launching a scholarship  inspired by winery founder Richard Spencer’s Aunt May. The scholarship will support undergraduate students pursuing  degrees in Viticulture and Enology at California State University Fresno. 

Aunt May encouraged Spencer to go after his dreams, financing his first deal and partnering on a renovation that  ultimately kick-started his successful construction business. She was quietly accomplished, generous, witty, sometimes a  hot mess but pretty much always brilliant. CRŪ Winery also produces a limited release Chardonnay in her honor. 

Each year a junior enrolled in the Fresno State Department of Viticulture and Enology that embraces the characteristics and spirit of Aunt May will be chosen to receive the scholarship which will fund two years of tuition.  

Educating wine professionals and wine lovers on how quality wines are crafted has long been a pillar of CRŪ and the  introduction of this scholarship takes this pillar one step further. Winery CEO Nathan Stern, “We are delighted to partner  with the California State University system and the Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology at Fresno  State to help pave the way for students pursuing careers in Enology and Viticulture. This scholarship will allow  passionate, and at times underrepresented, students to become educated in the intricacies of growing and making  world-class wines. We look forward to helping today’s students become tomorrow’s wine industry leaders.” 


CRŪ is a family-owned winery that sources fruit from some of the finest vineyards on the Central Coast of California. With a focus on Burgundian and Rhône varietals such as Pinot Noir, Chardonnay & Syrah we craft wines for quality everyday drinking. Learn more at www.cruwinery.com 


California State University, Fresno, one of the 23 campuses of the California State University system enrolls more than  25,000 students. It is a federally designated Hispanic-Serving Institution and Asian American and Native American Pacific  Islander-Serving Institution, reflecting the rich diversity of the region. The University offers 71 undergraduate degree  programs, 48 master’s programs, three doctoral programs in educational leadership, physical therapy and nursing  practice, and nine certificates of advanced studies.

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