JSCC Viticulture student awarded Knights of Vine scholarship

October 3, 2013

KENANSVILLE — James Darin Monty, a student in the Viticulture and Enology Program at James Sprunt Community College, was awarded a $500 scholarship by the North Carolina Chapter of the Brotherhood of the Knights of the Vine (KOV) during the annual 2013 Muscadine Harvest Festival.

The festival was held Friday and Saturday, Sept. 27 -28, at the Duplin Events Center in Kenansville.

Monty travels to the JSCC campus from Plymouth one Saturday each month as a part of his hybrid class in Viticulture and Enology. He was accompanied by his wife Leigh, and his parents at the presentation.

Robert Turner, JSCC vice president of College Advancement accepted the Continuing Plaque on behalf of James Sprunt Community College, and offered congratulatory remarks to Monty. The plaque displays the names of each scholarship recipient beginning in 2009.

The KOV was represented by Dr. Kenneth Sorensen, Master Knight, member of the KOV Board of Directors, and Sword Bearer; and Dr. Charles Averre, Master Knight, member of the KOV Board of Directors, and Sword Bearer.

The scholarship program of the NC KOV is targeted to students at James Sprunt Community College in eastern NC and Surry Community College in the western NC, who are interested in studying viticulture and enology for careers in grape cultivation and wine production.

Scholarship recipients must be in good academic standing and are selected by the college and approved by the NC KOV. The Brotherhood of the Knights of the Vine is the oldest wine-oriented organization in the United States. Established in the 1960’s, it has 150 chapters worldwide. Membership includes professionals in all phases of the wine industry, and those who are interested in wine and wine making.