William Grant & Sons launches 2019 annual scholarship

Glenfiddich owner William Grant & Sons has launched its sixth Ian Murray Scholarship which offers support to young people in the off-trade spirits sector.

Ian Murray, who the scholarship commemorates

First launched in 2014 in honour of the late Ian Murray, William Grant’s former prestige retail manager, the scholarship is open to young people between 18 and 30.

Applicants are shortlisted by Ian Murray’s colleagues and the Grant family before the chosen candidate commences a bespoke 12-month programme comprising of WSET Level 2 training, a presentation skills course, an educational distillery visit, and expert development of the spirits category with a particular focus on malt whisky.

An independent family-owned company founded in 1887 by William Grant with the ambition to make the ‘best dram in the valley,’ William Grant and Sons Ltd’s portfolio features some of the world’s leading brands of Scotch whisky, including Glenfiddich and The Balvenie range of single malts alongside spirits brands such as Hendrick’s Gin, Sailor Jerry and Milagro Tequila.

Anna Rogan of Luvians Bottleshop in St Andrews was the recipient of the 2018 Ian Murray scholarship, as reported by db‘s Phoebe French.

Rogan said: “The skills I have gained in the past year have been invaluable in every aspect. The WSET and Presentation Skills courses have vastly improved both my knowledge and confidence, whether I’m leading a tasting or just chatting to a fellow whisky lover!

“I also loved having the chance to meet Ian’s wife Jill, touring Glenfiddich with her and hearing stories about Ian and his adventures in whisky – I’m hugely grateful for the experience.”

The 2019 scholarship was symbolically launched on Ian Murray’s birthday, the 15 February.

Prospective applicants can find further information on the Ian Murray Spirited Solutions Scholarship by contacting hazel.lynch@wgrant.com.

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