The Houston Chapter of KOV is proud to support education in viticulture. We award scholarships to viticulture students at Texas A&M University. In 2011 the Houston Chapter established the Brotherhood of the Knights of the Vine Endowment Fund at the Conrad Hilton College of Hospitality and Restaurant Management at the University of Houston to be used exclusively to provide scholarships to deserving students.
TEXAS A&M VITICULTURE DEPARTMENT – College Station, Texas
The Houston Chapter has provided scholarship and research funds for many years to Texas A&M’s Viticulture Department. Through that continued giving, the Houston Chapter has supported many students who have interned at wineries around the world. In addition, Texas A&M created the KOV Vineyard where students study and perform research in vineyard management. Recently the vineyard received a $10,000 endowment which funded the installation of a water tank to support the vineyard, eliminating the use of city water which was very high in salt, resulting in difficult circumstances and negatively impacted research.
THE UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON’S CONRAD N. HILTON COLLEGE OF HOSPITALITY AND RESTAURANT MANAGEMENT – Houston, Texas
In 2011, the Houston Chapter expanded its philanthropic efforts by establishing the Knights of the Vine Scholarship Endowment at the Conrad N. Hilton College of Hospitality and Restaurant Management at the University of Houston. The College recognized as one of the top hospitality programs in the world, draws students from across the globe.
The original Endowment was established to promote the goals of all KOV Chapters, not just the Houston Chapter. The original commitment was $25,000, the proceeds of which support a permanent scholarship endowment for students pursuing careers in culinary arts, hotel and restaurant management, and wine and spirts education. Students from around the world apply to this program and scholarship recipients are selected by the University Scholarship Committee. . That original commitment has been met and the endowment is fully funded. As the endowment grows through continued support by Houston and other Chapters, the number of annual scholarships keeps increasing. KOV Chapters everywhere are encouraged to make donations to this Endowment. A significant incentive is that every dollar given to the Endowment is matched by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation.
In addition to the original Endowment, the Brotherhood of the Knight of the Vine has also committed to be one of three sponsors for the construction of a Fermentation and Brewing Lab at the University to benefit all students in that course of study.