Bruce Simpson Scholarships to benefit local winemakers



The Leelanau Peninsula Vintners Association (LPVA) will award the first Bruce Simpson Winemaker Scholarships to 4 recipients next Tuesday.

Bruce Simpson in the Cellar

Bruce Simpson in the Cellar

The financial awards of $1000 will be given to students pursuing careers as winemakers and vineyardists in northern Michigan. Forty-Five North winemaker Jay Briggs chaired the committee and says, “The education and field work provided through the viticulture program is vital training for the skills needed in the industry. We look forward to assisting students in fulfilling their passions.”

Funding for the scholarship is provided by a donation of $5 per ticket from the LPVA’s annual Spring Sip & Savor wine trail event. It’s named in honor of the late Bruce Simpson, winemaker and owner of one of the first wineries in northern Michigan, Good Harbor Vineyards.

Taylor Simpson of Good Harbor shares “We are excited for the first presentation of the Bruce Simpson Winemakers Scholarship. Education was always a top priority for both my father and grandfather. My father would have been delighted to see the growth and success of the LPVA and its further support for the viticulture and enology programs through scholarships to students who want to advance their careers in the Michigan wine industry.

The scholarships are being presented on Tuesday, August 19 at 6:00 pm during the Michigan State University (MSU) Orientation at the Northern Michigan College (NMC) University Center in Room 07. Four recipients will each receive $1,000 for the 2014/2015 school year. More details right here.

photos courtesy Good Harbor Vineyards