Texas Tech University

Hoss Newsom Viticulture Scholarship


The Hoss Newsom Viticulture Scholarship was established by the Texas Wine and Grape Growers Association in 2012. Scholarships are awarded to undergraduate and graduate students studying in the Viticulture and Enology program in the Department of Plant and Soil Science. Recipients of this scholarship must be hardworking.

Doyle C. “Hoss” Newsom was a cotton farmer in the Texas High Plains until the 1970's when his son Neal was attending Texas Tech University decided his family should go into the grape production business. Neal and Hoss ordered enough cuttings to begin a 3-acre vineyard in 1984, even though there were many questions they were unable to answer at the time. That year, Neal also welcomed his son, Nolan. Two years later they sold their first crops to a winery in Odessa.

The Newsoms now grow 19 grape varieties on more than 150 acres in the High Plains and supply fruit to the top wineries in the state. In 2011, Neal suffered a major car accident and is now unable to assume the duties of a vineyard manager. Instead, he decided to open a Newsome Vineyards tasting room, which is now open in Comfort, TX.

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Alex Yack
Senior Director of Development

Matt Williams
Director of Development

Shelbey Havens
Assistant Director of Development