Brewing and Distilling Scholarship programme and bursaries for 100 students announced by The Worshipful Company of Distillers’


If you have a passion for brewing or distilling lookout for The Worshipful Company of Distillers’ (WCD) new programme of scholarships and bursaries which will accommodate 100 students over the next three years with financial support for key qualifications tripling.

WCD, and its UK educational partners, will be increasing the focus and share of money on less advantaged and promising students from a diverse range of backgrounds to help them achieve their ambitions, by meeting all the course fees in full.

Jonathan Driver, the Master of the Worshipful Company of Distillers said, “We will fund, through the Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET), 25 Distillers’ awards of bursaries and scholarships for students to take WSET spirits qualifications at levels 1-3. The Institute of Brewing & Distilling (IBD) will receive funding for two full bursaries per year for the General Certificate in Distilling, two further three-year full bursaries per year and an annual scholarship for the Diploma in Distilling, a key step on the journey to reach the Master Distiller qualification.

“The International Centre for Brewing and Distilling (ICBD) at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh will, with the WCD’s continued financial support, deliver the MSc course scholarship. Adding to this announcement, Past Master Richard Watling who leads the programme said. “These new initiatives will provide real impetus for training in distilled spirits in the UK, and we are thrilled to be able to support talented young people using all our considerable resources.

“During these unprecedented times, we are very pleased to be able to make a difference to young people to help them attain future employment opportunities. We will also be capitalising on the rich source of skills and knowledge that resides in the membership of the Livery company, by offering a powerful new mentoring programme with added networking benefits”.