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Funding Future Fermenters

The Jack Joyce Scholarship was rewarded to five Oregon State University Students.

For the sixth year, the Jack Joyce Scholarship awards $60,000 to future fermenters. Rogue Ales & Spirits and Columbia Distributing chose these stand out Oregon State University fermentation science students and awarded scholarships to them on Friday, November 15, 2019. The scholarship honors Rogue founder, Jack Joyce.


November 19, 2019 — Five Oregon State University Fermentation Science students were awarded a combined total of $60,000 through the Jack Joyce Scholarship last Friday night. The Jack Joyce Scholarship, established by Columbia Distributing and Rogue Ales & Spirits as a tribute to the late Rogue founder Jack Joyce, was created to give deserving students the opportunity to further their passion and desire for mastering the art of craft brewing.

Over the past six years, the scholarship has awarded over $300,000 to 32 students. The 2019 Jack Joyce Scholarship winners are Alonso Corral, Ricky Molitor, Jason Racine, Ian Savage and Keenan Schaan.

“For more than 80 years, Columbia Distributing has provided ongoing, sustainable opportunities and growth for its employees, customers, suppliers, shareholders and community,” said Lindsi Taylor, Director of Corporate Communications at Columbia Distributing. “Furthering the development of students who are committed to their craft perfectly aligns with our mission. We’re honored to be able to make a meaningful impact on these talented individuals in honor of Jack.”

“Jack Joyce, our founder, was extremely generous, a true visionary and left behind a legacy in the Oregon community,” says Rogue President Dharma Tamm. “We are proud to honor him and award these scholarships to passionate students who reflect the curious nature of Rogue.”

These scholarships are possible thanks to generous donors. This year’s donors include Alison Group, Ben E Keith Beverages, Columbia Distributing, Georgia-Pacific, Great Western Malting, G4Kegs, Hancock Hughey LLP, Imperial Yeast, Indie Hops LLC, K&L Distributors, Member of the Vincit Group, Minuteman Press Team, Rogue Ales & Spirits, Saxco International, Tapi, Zee Loeffler and the Joyce Family.

About the Jack Joyce Scholarship

The Jack Joyce Scholarship Award was created in 2014 by Columbia Distributing and Rogue Ales in honor of visionary Jack Joyce for his legacy in the Oregon community and his founding of Rogue Brewery in 1988. Jack’s vision, creativity and innovation led Rogue to take daring risks that have created one of the most successful breweries and distillers in the nation. Each year students enrolled in Oregon State University’s Fermentation Science program can apply for scholarship funds.

About Columbia Distributing

Since 1935, Columbia Distributing has helped build some of the best known brands in the beverage business. Today Columbia Distributing and its 3,000+ employees service over 22,000 retail customers covering more than 171,000 square miles in Oregon, Washington and California. Columbia’s success is based on the deep-rooted tradition of delivering quality products, timely service and a genuine concern for customers’ needs. This is achieved by providing ongoing, sustainable opportunities and growth for its employees, customers, suppliers, shareholders and communities.