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We acknowledge that the wine industry, like many others, suffers from a severe imbalance of diversity and representation. But rather than simply acknowledging this disparity, we are taking action and are committed to being part of a meaningful, long-lasting positive change.

It is with great pride and determination we celebrate Black, Indigenous, and People of Color communities with the only all-encompassing BIPOC Scholarship in our industry. Through our scholarship program, we will provide aspiring BIPOC students with the opportunity to receive education, training, and mentorship in various aspects of the wine industry.

This scholarship program represents our commitment to breaking down barriers and creating pathways of success for BIPOC individuals who aspire to contribute their skills, knowledge, and creativity to the wine industry. We want to empower you to make your mark, to shape the future of wine, and to inspire others who will follow in your footsteps.

The Future
of Wine

Mercy Torres
Past Recipient
Mercy Torres
Fonzi Selmour
Past Recipient
Fonzi Selmour

What You

Full ride

Apply and commit to attending any California State University, University of California or Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU.), and we’ll cover the rest. The scholarship will pay for tuition, room and board, books, fees, and/or other related educational expenses, the details of which will be set forth in a written document.


You will be provided with guidance and support from a Delicato employee, meeting in person at one of our California facilities, and/or will participate in quarterly or bi-monthly video conference calls.

Paid Summer

Get hands-on experience in your chosen major while working for Delicato, along with opportunities to work cross-functionally with other departments.


After completing college, you will join the Delicato “family” by working full-time in an entry-level role that aligns with your degree and education for a minimum of two years.

*Delicato will provide one (1) BIPOC student with a full-ride scholarship to any California State University, University of California or Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU.) to which the recipient is accepted and commits to attend.


To be considered for a Delicato Family Wines BIPOC Scholarship, an applicant must:

  • Be Black, Indigenous, or a Person of Color (BIPOC)
  • Be accepted to any California State University, University of California or Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU.)
  • Accepted Majors: Accounting, Finance, Human Resources, Information Solutions, Marketing w/ focus in Brand Management, Procurement, and Supply Chain
  • Act in a manner reflective of the Company culture of Hard work, High Standards, Innovation, Continuous Evolution, Trust in Teams, and Sustainable Relationships

Apply Now

To the aspiring BIPOC wine professionals, we believe in your abilities, your potential, and the invaluable contributions you will make to our industry. This program is a stepping-stone toward your success, and we are here to guide and support you every step of the way. Click below to apply. Accepting applications starting March 1, 2024 and will close on May 30, 2024.

Applications are now closed

Asked Questions

May I apply for the Delicato BIPOC Scholarship if I am already in college?

Yes, you may if you meet the requirements of the program.

If I am already in college, will Delicato retroactively cover my previous years of tuition and expenses?

Delicato will not cover any retroactive expenses.

May I apply for the Scholarship if I plan to attend a community college in the fall?

No, as the program is intended for students currently enrolled in one of the approved schools.

Do I have to send an official transcript?

Yes. If you cannot obtain an official transcript from your school, you can send an unofficial transcript with your application. However, if you are selected as a finalist, you will be required to submit an official transcript.

Am I automatically part of the summer internship program if I receive the scholarship reward?

Yes. Recipients of the scholarship are automatically enrolled into Delicato’s summer internship program.

What will my scholarship pay for?

The scholarship will pay for tuition, room and board, books, fees and/or other related educational expenses. This will be outlined in the award notification.

Will my scholarship check be sent directly to me?

Scholarship checks are designated for the student and are mailed directly to the school’s financial aid or scholarships office, which will deposit the check and post it to the student’s account. There are no exceptions to where we send the check. Scholarships are divided into two equal payments – one for the fall semester or quarter and the other for the spring semester or winter quarter.

Is my scholarship taxable?

Yes, the scholarship is taxable. The reporting and taxation of scholarships is governed by the Internal Revenue Code (IRC) and Treasury Regulations. The award provided by Delicato does not meet IRC requirements to be a qualified scholarship. All payments for tuition, fees, and course-related equipment are therefore fully taxable.

Delicato will adjust the benefits to be reported on your Form W-2 at an increased amount from which all appropriate Federal, State, and Local taxes will be withheld and paid on your behalf. The net amount you will receive are the actual costs paid for tuition, fees, and course- related equipment. Since this income has the potential to land you in a higher tax bracket, you are responsible for making any additional payroll adjustments based on other personal income.

For further information, please refer to Internal Revenue Service Publication 970, consult a tax professional, or contact your school’s financial aid office.

Will I need to pay back my scholarship?

No, students will not need to pay back the scholarship as long as you fulfill the commitment outlined within the program details and complete the two-year commitment post-graduation.

What if I take more than four years to complete my degree?

We expect applicants to complete their degree within four years. If there are unforeseen circumstances that will causes you to surpass four year, we will address at that time.

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