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Scheid Family Wines Announces Winners of 2022 Scholarship Program


SFW Scholarships Awarded to Date are $400,000 to Students in Monterey’s Salinas Valley

SALINAS, California – June 2, 2022 – Scheid Family Wines is proud to announce the winners of the 2022 Scheid Writing Contest. Now celebrating its 34th year of the program in Monterey’s Salinas Valley, Scheid Family Wines has donated $400,000 for scholarships awarded to local high school students.

The total scholarship distribution for the 2022 Scheid Writing Contest is $17,900. The Senior winners from King City High School are: Paulina Torres – 1st Place; Victoria Hamilton – 2nd Place; Abril Gomez – 3rd Place; Elizabeth Hernandez – 4th Place. The Senior winners from Greenfield High School are: Alina Ramirez – 1st Place; Lupita Nunez – 2nd Place; Carlos Arroyo – 3rd Place; Jennifer Rios – 4th Place. 

Winners of the contest are chosen based on their ability to research and write a three- to five-page essay on a given topic. This year’s topic was Mandatory Vaccination for Schools and the Impacts of Distance Learning. Participants were asked to discuss the pros and cons of requiring employees and students to be vaccinated and whether school districts should enforce vaccine mandates for students who are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. They were also asked to discuss distance learning, its impact on students, and what they see as the long term effects.   

“Scheid Family Wines takes great pride in supporting our community through the long-running Scheid Writing Contest started by my father, Al Scheid,” said Heidi Scheid, Executive Vice President of Scheid Family Wines and a member of the annual judging team. “The opportunity to help local high school students pursue further education is a way for us to give back. This year’s topic was so timely.  The winners did an excellent job discussing both sides of whether vaccines should be mandated in schools, but it was their exploration of the effects of distance learning on themselves and their classmates that really compelled the judges.  We are honored to award them for their hard work and achievements.” 

The Scheid Writing Contest was created by Al Scheid in 1984 for his high school alma mater, Bridgeport High School in Bridgeport, Ohio. He launched the contest to give back to the community and aid motivated high school students who wanted to attend college. Four years later, convinced that the local schools in the Salinas Valley could benefit from the contest, Mr. Scheid brought it to King City High School. Greenfield High School—built on land that was formerly vineyards owned by Scheid—was added to the program in 2001. 

About Scheid Family Wines

Scheid Family Wines is a family-owned and operated wine company founded in 1972. Based in Monterey County, California, Scheid is uniquely integrated to bring high-quality wines to the marketplace from its sustainably certified vineyards and innovative luxury-level winery. Scheid’s winery and bottling operations are powered by 100% renewable wind energy generated by a 400-foot tall wind turbine, which also supplies energy to many homes in the local community.  The Scheid Family Wines globally distributed portfolio includes its namesake brand Scheid Vineyards, Sunny with a Chance of Flowers, District 7, Ryder Estate, Metz Road, VDR (Very Dark Red), Stokes’ Ghost, and HOXIE, an artisanal dry wine spritzer. Scheid Family Wines also produces many regionally distributed brands and distributes a portfolio of imported wines through its partnership with PH Imports.

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