Ming-Jen Tsay received Douglas Wisor Memorial Scholarship
Douglas Wisor Memorial Scholarship Awarded to Young UC Davis MS Candidate - Ming-Jen Tsay to Work at Craggy Range Winery, New Zealand
UC Davis student, Ming-Jen Tsay, is this year's recipient of the Douglas Wisor Memorial Scholarship which allows a young American winemaker to train at a selected winery in New Zealand during the harvest each year. Ms. Tsay will intern for three months at Craggy Range Winery, a specialist producer of single vineyard wines, starting in March 2007.
The scholarship was created to honor Douglas Wisor, a young American winemaker who worked at Craggy Range Winery and died tragically in 2004 while kite surfing.
Ming-Jen Tsay is expected to graduate in December 2006 from the Viticulture & Enology Master of Science program at the University of California - Davis. She has interned at Maison Champy in Beaune (Burgundy), France, and Flag Hill Winery in Lee, New Hampshire.
Passionate about Pinot Noir and sustainable agriculture, Ms. Tsay is looking forward to exploring how tradition and new ideas can enhance each other. While in New Zealand, she will also tour The Family of Twelve (www.familyoftwelve.co.nz), an alliance of twelve of the country's top wineries.
When not in the lab or among the vines, Ms. Tsay is a keen dancer and soccer player. She graduated from Northwestern University with a B.A. in Chemistry and French in 2000.
The Douglas Wisor Scholarship is administered by the American Australian Association's US-NZ Educational Exchange program and is awarded annually. Founded in 1948 to encourage stronger ties across the Pacific, the American Australian Association (www.americanaustralian.org) is the largest privately funded national not-for-profit group in the United States devoted to American, Australian and New Zealand relations.
The judges for the American Australian Association Education Fellows were: Mr. Malcolm Binks, Chairman of the American Australian Association & former senior executive at Merrill Lynch & Co., Inc.; Mr. Steve Smith, Managing Director, Craggy Range Vineyards, New Zealand and Mr. David Strada, New Zealand Winegrowers, California.