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Yavpai College Foundation

The Neal Baltz Memorial Scholarship


Neal Baltz, an engineer from Phoenix, loved wine, and loved making it.

After years of experimenting at home, fermenting grapes in his bathtub, he enrolled in the Enology program at Yavapai College in Northern Arizona's Verde Valley wine region. He made the hour-and-a-half drive to Yavapai's Clarkdale campus from his home in Ahwatukee, working in the vineyards and cellars, and sometimes sleeping overnight in his Ford F-150. Neal graduated from the Viticulture and Enology program in 2017.

"Baltz was a goofy, friendly classmate who got along with everyone, keeping spirits up during the early mornings of hard physical work that comes with running a vineyard...He went through life with joy."

Your contribution to the Neal Baltz Memorial Scholarship will benefit students enrolled in the Yavapai College Viticulture and Enology program. This permanently endowed scholarship fund will honor Neal's memory in perpetuity at Yavapai College.

Purpose-restricted donations are assessed a modest administrative fee, which is used to defray administrative costs and support YCF's mission.  

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