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:

Scholarship Distribution

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.

Support Growth

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.

Corporate Giving Levels

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 1st – October 31st

Application Review: November 1st – November 30th

Award Announcement: December

Eligible education programs:

  • DISCUS Academy
  • Wine & Spirits Education Trust
  • Women of the Vine and Spirits
  • Moonshine University
  • University of Kentucky Distillation, Wine & Brewing Studies
  • University of Louisville, Online Distilled Spirits Business Certificate
  • Niagara College Artisan Distilling Program
  • 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.

Teaching and Learning

The institution provides quality education, wherever and however its offerings are delivered.

Evaluation and Improvement

Evaluation and Improvement: 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.