In partnership with The Roots Fund, Naked Wines announces 2020-21 recipients of the “Stay Rooted” Scholarship
Seven emerging winemakers have entered the building – and they’re fueled by your support.
Monica Palenzuela, Andrew Mihm, Luis Cendejas, Kathline Chery, Daren Clark, Samuel Dhiman and Robin Nguyen are the first award recipients of the Stay Rooted in California Scholarship Program.
A partnership between The Roots Fund and Naked Wines, Stay Rooted brings actionable change to the wine industry. The scholarship program has provided 7 up-and-coming winemakers with funding for hands-on learning and educational advancement – each has received funding to attend UC Davis’ Viticulture & Enology programs as part of Naked’s 5-year, $500,000 commitment to support new BIPOC voices and communities of color in wine.
Meet the Award Winners
- Stay Rooted: Kathline CheryA young Vermont farmer & winemaker is tackling regenerative agriculture – and worker rights.
- Stay Rooted: Samuel DhimanWine starts with chemistry, but it ends with community. “I want to make wines for a changing world.”
- Stay Rooted: Monica PalenzuelaMonica left the New York City publishing world for a wine tank – and she’s not looking back.
- Stay Rooted: Daren ClarkAn invitation to work at the James Beard winning Death & Taxes kitchen gave Daren a fresh wine perspective.
- Stay Rooted: Luis CendejasGrowing up surrounded by the wine industry, a Napa Valley local finds a new sense of belonging.
- Stay Rooted: Robin NguyenVietnamese-American Nguyen became a winemaker unexpectedly – but he’s full of intention.
- Stay Rooted: Andrew MihmSecond-generation Mexican-American Mihm believes everyone deserves the opportunity to shape the wine industry.
“I’m focused solely on my schoolwork and the dream of becoming a winemaker,” said Andrew Mihm.
A second-generation Mexican-American raised in Napa Valley, Mihm is pursuing his Master’s in viticulture with a goal of paying it forward.
“I want to do my part in making a career in wine more accessible to minorities, and this goal is made easier when there are organizations with a vested interest in helping individuals succeed,” said Mihm.
Fellow Napa resident Luis Cendejas is also using the scholarship to continue his undergraduate degree in viticulture and enology. “The Roots Fund has made me realize there are more people like me trying to make it in the wine industry. It’s given people hope and support in a world so filled with doubt.”
The 2020-21 scholarship winners include several full-time students, educators, and wine entrepreneurs.
About our partner: The Roots Fund was created to empower communities of color by providing resources and financial support through educational scholarships, wine education, mentorships and job placement. Naked has pledged a 5-year commitment to The Roots Fund and the advancement of the BIPOC community in wine.