The Michael J. Jackson Foundation Mentorship Program​

Master Brewers is proud to partner with The Michael J. Jackson Foundation and invites our members to apply by June 20, 2022 to be a mentor to a MJF scholarship recipient or finalist. 

The Michael James Jackson Foundation is a grant-making organization that funds scholarship awards to Black, Indigenous, and People of Color within the brewing and distilling trades. The program is open to ​candidates at the beginning of their careers, as well as those looking to continue their education. The MJF awards present an opportunity for members and patrons of the brewing and distilling industries to directly fund a more just, equitable, and dynamic future.​

The MJF Mentorship Program is designed to guide the scholarship recipients after they've completed their courses through career exploration, facilitate conversations about goal setting, and provide advice. We understand the challenges that come with pursuing careers in the distilling and brewing industries as members of the BIPOC community, which is why the mentorship program has been created to ensure each individual is matched with the right mentor to not only offer resources but help guide them in the right direction and stay the course.  

The program will not be limited to our scholarship recipients. We will also be including applicants who made it through the interview process but were not selected for a scholarship. We want to give them the opportunity to try again with the right tools in place and succeed.  

We believe that opportunities shouldn't stop at scholarships within our foundation. We want to make sure that our recipients continue to find growth within their chosen industries and never lack the support needed throughout their journey. The MJF is dedicated to their success as much as we're dedicated to increasing BIPOC representation in the brewing and distilling industry.  

Commitment and Timeline

The MJF Mentorship Program is a six week commitment, where the mentor and mentee will be in agreement to maintain a relationship with intention to help the growth of the mentee through ongoing advice, sharing of field experience and instruction in relation to the brewing/distilling industry. The mentee is to understand that this program is to help place them in the proper channels in the industry in order to help meet his/her/their needs. However, along with the six week commitment, the mentee must maintain a consistent line of communication with their mentor ensuring they too are putting in the

work needed to establish the intended end goal of advancement. We are looking to start the application and interview process from May 30th through June 24th to gear our mentors up for their mentees. Master Brewers members may apply to be a mentor through June 20th. After being matched, we're looking to launch the program starting July 11th through August 19th.  


Mentors are more than just role models. They provide professional insight, academic advice, and personal support as our mentees navigate through their careers. We are seeking groups from organizations, associations, and businesses in the brewing and distilling community who have had experience as mentors or those who have held leadership roles within the industry and understand the commitment that is to take place throughout the six week program.


Mentor Application