DISCUS Foundation

Supporting initiatives that drive the spirits industry forward.


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:

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:

Moonshine University
Wine & Spirits Education Trust
Niagara College Artisan Distilling Program
DISCUS Academy

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:

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.