Hennessy introduces Scholarship to support diversity
Cognac House Hennessy has launched a new scholarship worth £55,000 that it hopes will help support diversity and inclusivity in the spirits industry.
The new Hennessy Golden Vines Diversity Scholarship in Spirits, which is in partnership with the Gérard Basset Foundation and Liquid Icons, will support an aspiring wine & spirits professional from a minority group to make it easier for them to participate in a 12-month internship programme at Hennessy, which includes time in departments including education & training, winemaking, distillation, and final assemblage of eaux-de-vies.
The scholarship includes all examination costs for WSET Level 3 in Spirits, and is intended to cover any loss of earnings from undertaking the internship. It is hoped that this will make it possible for a wider pool of applicants to apply for the internship.
Lewis Chester of Liquid Icons, and head of fundraising at the Gérard Basset Foundation, said he was delighted that such a prestigious spirits brand as Hennessy had decided to support the groundbreaking new scholarship programme for students from a minority background looking to study for and enter the world of spirits at the highest level in the industry.
“Our partnership bodes well for making the spirits sector a welcoming environment for minority communities globally,” he said.