We support scholarships for high performing students at three highly acclaimed institutions. These institutions offer a broad number of courses and the Company awards Scholarships in a number of fields, wholly funded by the Distillers’ Charity.
Wine & Spirit Education Trust
The Company awards students a Diploma and Professional Certificate in Spirits; in addition, a scholarship is awarded to the student obtaining the highest marks in the Spirits section of the WSET’s Diploma examinations. WSET courses are not only available to UK students, but increasingly are under-taken by a growing number of students from countries across the world. To date 1,000 candidates have successfully taken the Professional CertificateSpirits Course.
Outstanding WSET performances recognised by Worshipful Company of Distillers
On 23 January 2017, wine and spirits professionals from across the world gathered at London’s Guildhall to celebrate the annual Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) Awards and Graduation. Hosted by WSET Honorary President, Gérard Basset and Chief Executive, Ian Harris, the leading global provider of wines and spirits qualifications honoured the WSET Diploma graduates from the 2015/16 academic year and presented 49 awards to outstanding candidates.
The Worshipful Company of Distillers presented two awards: Salvatore Damiano, Bar Manager at Larder House and Library of Liquors was awarded a travel grant of £500 to study a spirit producing region for outstanding performance in WSET Level Two Award in Spirits, and William Lay, Product Development Manager at WX was awarded a travel grant of £1,000 to study UK distilleries for outstanding results in the Unit Four Spirits of the World exam of WSET Level Four Diploma in Wines and Spirits.
Institute of Brewing & Distilling
Each year, the Company awards a prize to the candidate with the highest mark in the Distilling Diploma, Module 2. In 2015, this was awarded to Aisling Burke from Pernod Ricard. In addition, an award is given to the candidate with the highest mark in the Fundamentals of Distilling paper and, in 2015, this was awarded to Emma Head of Diageo. In 2015, the Distillers’ Scholarship was awarded to Alan Wardlaw, also from Diageo.
Heriot-Watt University- International Centre for Brewing and Distilling
The MSc programme lasts for one year and includes a substantial research project. The Postgraduate Diploma/MSc programme is accredited by the Institute of Brewing & Distilling. In 2015, the MSc/Post-Graduate Diploma sponsored by the Company was awarded to Camden Winkelstein.