Niagara College student wins first Opimian Society Scholarship

Opimian, Canada’s largest wine club, is proud to announce the first recipient of the Opimian Society scholarship for the Winery and Viticulture Technician program at Niagara College. Casey Kulczyk, a second year Winery and Viticulture Technician student  will be presented a scholarship cheque for $1000 on April 7 at 12 pm.  The cheque will be presented by David Ledingham, Opimian area representative for Toronto West and Pierre Chanzonkov, General Manager.

In March 2008, the Board of Directors of the Opimian Society voted to make a donation to the Niagara College Foundation. In keeping with Opimian’s mandate to provide wine education, it was decided to give to the community by assisting Canadian students in the study of wine.  The donation was made in two parts; firstly $20,000 was donated to establish the Opimian Society Scholarship. This money will be awarded to students with financial need and given in the field of Winery and Viticulture Technician or the Wine Business Management Program. In addition, a $30,000 donation was given towards the building of the Wine Education Centre.

The criteria for the award is:

The Opimian Society Scholarship is awarded to students in the Winery and Viticulture Technician and Wine Business Management programs.  Additional criteria include financial need and a demonstrated determination to overcome additional challenges to achieve academic success.

The first Opimian Society scholarship is Casey Kulczyk, a 2nd year Winery and Viticulture Technician student at Niagara College. Casey has overcome many additional challenges through his time at Niagara College, including family illness and financial stress. Casey stayed in the Niagara region for his co-op because jobs were limited in his small hometown. While working 60 hours a week during harvest, Casey has still been able to maintain a 89% average and has also helped to organize and create the student wine club with two fellow classmates.

Opimian was founded in 1973. The wine club has 19,000 members across Canada and offers wines from around the world to its members that are not available in any of the liquor boards. Wines are ordered through mail-order catalogues and on-line. In addition, Opimian offers members wine tasting events and dinners through 26 areas across Canada. Also offered are wine tours and Tidings magazine is included in membership.


For more information, contact:

Anne Walby
Marketing Manager

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