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Scholarships support Riverina, Margaret River students

Casella Wines, is giving Riverina students an added incentive to study winemaking and viticulture at Charles Sturt University (CSU).

Casella Wines will be the first business within the wine industry to support the CSU winemaking courses through two new scholarships valued at $5000 per annum. The scholarships will be awarded from 2005 to students enrolled in their first year of the Bachelors of Applied Science (Wine Science) or (Viticulture) or the double degree (Wine Science/Viticulture) at CSU in Wagga Wagga.

To be eligible to apply, students must live in the Griffith City, Leeton or Narrandera Shires and have undertaken the majority of their high school education within those local government areas. Scholarship winners will also have the opportunity to gain valuable industry experience at the leading Australian winery.

Managing director of Casella Wines, John Casella, who attended the University until 1982, has seen the winery grow into one of the largest wine companies in Australia, one which is competitive both domestically and internationally.

“We are always looking for ways that we can contribute to the industry and we are delighted to continue this support of the Riverina region through the scholarships at CSU,” said Casella.

“The Wine Science and Viticulture degrees at CSU are arguably the leading courses of their kind in the country and we are proud to be involved.”

The scholarships will be offered through the Charles Sturt Foundation which awarded nearly 200 scholarships across the Albury, Bathurst, Dubbo and Wagga Wagga Campuses in 2004.

“Donors that support the Charles Sturt Foundation, such as Casella Wines, are assisting to launch the academic and professional lives of many young Australians,” said Associate Professor Terry Harden, head of CSU School of Wine and Food Sciences.

“They provide students with an excellent start and on-going support during their studies, as well as a tremendous opportunity for the students to work within the profession and industry and we hope other wineries will follow Casella Wines’ lead.”

Companies interested in supporting wine science and viticulture students at CSU should contact the Charles Sturt Foundation on (02)6338 4202 or visit

Xanadu founder funds PhD scholarship

Meanwhile, the founder of Margaret River winery Xanadu has funded a PhD scholarship at the Margaret River Education Campus through Curtin University of Technology.

Director of the Centre for Wine Excellence and Curtin University of Technology’s viticulture and wine research and teaching at Margaret River Associate Professor Mark Gibberd welcomed the announcement, which will see Dr John Lagan provide $70,000 in funding for a PhD student to pursue research in the field of viticulture.

“Dr Lagan has played a significant role in the development of the Margaret River wine region over the last 25 years,” Gibberd said.

“It’s wonderful to see him now making a substantial contribution to the future health of the industry, by encouraging further research in the field.”

Gibberd said the Dr John Lagan Scholarship furthered Curtin’s links with local industry in Margaret River and welcomed the partnership with Xanadu, which is part of Normans Wine Group.

“Strong industry links are essential to the success of leading edge research with real applications for those working in the field,” he said.

“Dr Lagan’s support not only gives Curtin the chance to boost its research capabilities in this area, but also gives the Centre for Wine Excellence the opportunity to enhance Margaret River’s position as a leading region for wine production in Australia and the world.”

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