More than $400,000 was raised during a dinner auction at Chateau Ste. Michelle, Washington state’s founding winery, on June 23 to support its fund that gives four-year scholarships to under-served, low-income students, with an emphasis on children of agricultural workers.The fund is administered by Chateau Ste. Michelle’s partner, the College Success Foundation.Since its inception in 1992, the Chateau Ste. Michelle Scholarship Fund has raised more than $2.5 million for students pursuing a degree from one of the 30 universities in Washington state. Ted Baseler, president and CEO of Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, developed the scholarship fund in order to support the higher education goals of high achieving students. "The Scholarship Fund was created to focus attention and resources on the importance of higher education," Baseler said. "Given the economic pressures that continue to constrain the state government’s budget, we are pleased to be working with the College Success Foundation to assist students who will become tomorrow’s community leaders."
The future of higher education and university programming to support Washington’s wine industry are important initiatives for Baseler.