Bardstown/Nelson Co. Tourism Announces Creation of “Bardstown Collection” Scholarships for Local Students Pursuing Tourism and Distilled Spirits Education

BARDSTOWN, KY — Dec. 19th, 2023

Bardstown/Nelson Co. Tourism is thrilled to announce the donation of three scholarships at prominent educational institutions — Midway University, University of Louisville, and University of Kentucky James B. Beam Distilling program. These scholarships are aimed at supporting Nelson County students who aspire to pursue majors in tourism, distilled spirits, hospitality, and related fields.

Made possible through the collective efforts of the 2023 Bardstown Collection bottles, this initiative represents a unified partnership between renowned distilleries: Bardstown Bourbon Company, Heaven Hill Distillery, James B. Beam Distilling, Log Still Distillery, Lux Row Distillers, and Preservation Distillery + Farms. The scholarships signify a shared commitment to investing in the education and future of Nelson County residents.

The Bardstown Collection bottles, offered by the collaborative spirit of the region’s leading distilleries, have not only delighted spirits enthusiasts but have also served as a catalyst for positive change in the community. A portion of the sales from these 2023 bottles has been allocated to fund these scholarships, emphasizing the community’s dedication to fostering education and empowering the next generation of hospitality and distilled spirits professionals.

The scholarships are specifically designed to support local talent and encourage the pursuit of academic excellence in fields vital to the region’s heritage and economy. By investing in the education of Nelson County students, Bardstown/Nelson Co. Tourism and its partners aim to ensure that the legacy of hospitality and distilling remains strong, contributing to the continued success and greatness of Bardstown.

“We are delighted to announce these scholarships as a testament to our commitment to the community and the belief in the potential of our local youth,” said Jeff Crowe, Bardstown Tourism Chairman of the Board for Bardstown/Nelson Co. Tourism. “Through the generosity of our esteemed partners and the success of the Bardstown Collection bottles, we are proud to support higher education opportunities and inspire the next generation to contribute to the rich tapestry of hospitality and distilling in Bardstown.”

This collaborative effort underscores the collective responsibility of Bardstown’s distilling community to invest in the well-being and future prosperity of Nelson County. The scholarships will be awarded based on merit, enabling deserving students to access the education and resources necessary to thrive in the fields of tourism, distilled spirits, and hospitality.

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About Bardstown/Nelson Co. Tourism:

Bardstown/Nelson Co. Tourism is dedicated to promoting and preserving the rich cultural heritage of Bardstown and Nelson County, Kentucky. Through strategic partnerships and community initiatives, Bardstown/Nelson Co. Tourism strives to create lasting positive impacts on the region’s tourism industry and overall economic development.

About Bardstown, KY:

Located in the heart of the Bluegrass State, Bardstown offers the ultimate bourbon getaway. With 11 unique distilleries within 16 miles of court square, all your bourbon dreams can come true here in Bardstown, the Bourbon Capital of The World. Settled in 1780, Bardstown is Kentucky’s second-oldest city so come see us for our unrivaled history. Throughout Nelson County, there are more than 300 buildings on the National Register of Historic Places, with nearly 200 of them located in the historic downtown district. Here in Bardstown, you’ll find the friendly attitude and Southern charm that can only be found in such a town.

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