The DISCUS Foundation 501(c)(3) is the charitable arm of the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States. The Foundation is operated exclusively for charitable purposes and was created to increase awareness, provide education, and increase opportunities for the betterment of the distilled spirits industry.
DISCUS Foundation has five primary goals to support the spirits industry:
Provide education scholarships that help to support personal and business development within the industry, as well as, to support the growth of a diverse talent pipeline.
Increase awareness and adoption of industry sustainability best practices.
Increase opportunities and funding for diverse distilleries and promote diversity across all levels of employment throughout the industry.
Promote social responsibility and advertising guidelines best practices and educate consumers and businesses on responsible consumption.
General awareness, education, and research on key topics that will increase opportunities, support growth, and serve the distilled spirits industry.
You Can Make a Difference
The DISCUS Foundation supports the industry in many key initiatives that drive the spirts industry forward. Education and scholarships are key to our efforts. Your tax-deductible donation to the DISCUS Foundation can be applied to a specific initiative, or to the general fund to be used for the initiative in most need.
DISCUS Foundation is organized and operated as a charitable foundation described in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
Corporate Giving Levels
Presidential: $100,000 and above
Champion: $35,000 – $99,999
Hero: $15,000 – $34,999
Ambassador: $5,000 – $14,999
Ally: $1,000 – $4,999
Supporter: $100 – $999
For questions, invoices, and corporate giving please contact [email protected]
DISCUS Foundation Scholarships
2022 Application period for 2023 Winter Awards
Application Period Open: August – October
Application Review: November
Award Announcement: December
Eligible educational programs:
Wine & Spirits Education Trust
Niagara College Artisan Distilling Program
University of Kentucky Distillation, Wine & Brewing Studies
University of Louisville, Online Distilled Spirits Business Certificate
Women of the Vine and Spirits, Approved Program Provider WSET Courses
Other qualified distilled spirits educational programs subject to approvals
If a recipient selects a program that is not on the eligible list, then Applicant will engage in an authorization process, by reviewing the program and ensuring it meets clear requirements for approval listed below. All approvals and denials will be clearly documented and will be based on specified criteria.
Criteria for approval of institutions:
The institution’s mission is clear and articulated publicly; it guides the institution’s operations and aligns with the goals of the Foundation.
The institution acts with integrity; its conduct is ethical and responsible.
The institution provides quality education, wherever and however its offerings are delivered.
The institution demonstrates responsibility for the quality of its educational programs, learning environments, and support services, and it evaluates their effectiveness for student learning through processes designed to promote continuous improvement.
Finally, DISCUS Foundation requires that scholarship recipients must provide proof that the funds provided were used for their intended purpose within 30 days of scheduled completion.