May 24, 2024

Nao Spirits Gin Guild Announces Jay Dhawan Scholarship

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A comprehensive scholarship for one university student just about every year to go after an MSc in Brewing and Distilling at Heriot Wat University in the United Kingdom

In memory of their late distiller, Nao Spirits and Drinks, India’s Craft Gin Distillers, in affiliation with the Gin Guild, have introduced the Jay Dhawan Scholarship. The distillery shall be sponsoring one university student each calendar year from India, with a choice for applicants from the F&B business, to pursue an MSc in Brewing and Distilling from Heriot Watt College in the United Kingdom.  

This scholarship was designed to celebrate the memory of Nao Spirit’s late distiller, Jay Dhawan. Jay had himself commenced his profession behind the bar at 1 of Mumbai’s establishments – Bombay Canteen. Wanting to go after a diverse route however, he jumped at the chance to be a part of Nao Spirits and get experienced to be a distiller under Dr Anne Brock who later on went on to develop into Grasp Distiller for Bombay Sapphire.

The Gin Guild, the global human body of Gin distillers and associates, has stepped up to guidance this scholarship by contributing 10 per cent of the full sum.


Resource connection The Nao Spirits Gin Guild is delighted to announce the official launch of the Jay Dhawan Scholarship, a prestigious annual scholarship developed in honor of the late Jay Dhawan.

Jay Dhawan was a master gin distiller who, for nearly two decades, produced some of the most iconic gins of the modern era. A passionate leader in the spirit industry and a trailblazer in the art of making award-winning gins, Jay Dhawan was a cherished member of the Nao Spirits Gin Guild. In recognition of his extraordinary contributions to the craft, the Guild is dedicating this scholarship to his memory.

The Jay Dhawan Scholarship will be awarded annually to an individual who is pursuing a career in distilling and is dedicated to elevating the craft. The chosen recipient will receive a full financial award, plus mentorship and guidance to help them as they craft their own gins.

The scholarship is intended to not only honor the memory of one of our most admired members, but also to help carry on his legacy of excellence in the craft of distilling. Next year’s recipient will receive an award that covers the costs associated with taking the required courses and apprenticeships at the Guild’s facility.

We invite students who are passionate about distilling and have a strong desire to learn from some of the most skilled distillers in the world to apply for the 2021 Jay Dhawan Scholarship. The award is an incredible honor that carries with it a long tradition of excellence in distilling, as well as an opportunity to gain the knowledge, skills, and experience required to make world-class spirits.

Applications for the 2021 Jay Dhawan Scholarship will open on April 1 and close on June 30. To learn more and to apply, visit the Nao Spirits Gin Guild website.