Wind operator, ACCIONA Energy USA, has announced $35,000 in college scholarships to 11 college-bound students from the Illinois, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, and Texas. The scholarship program, which was first launched in 2009, supports students from communities that are home to ACCIONA wind projects.
“Commitment to community is a core principal of every project we build,” said Rafael Esteban, CEO of ACCIONA Energy USA. “The scholarship program gives us a front row seat to see the incredible potential of our neighbors across the United States and we hope these scholarships help these students reach their goals.”
The one-year scholarships range from $2,500 to $5,000, and are paid upon successful completion of a student’s first semester and enrollment in their second semester. The scholarships go to graduating high school seniors who are interested in careers in sustainability.
ACCIONA scholarships are available to students in counties where ACCIONA owns and operates wind farms. Tatanka Wind Farm in North and South Dakota, EcoGrove Wind Farm in Illinois, Red Hills Wind Farm in Oklahoma and at San Roman Wind Farm in Texas sponsor scholarships.
This year’s scholarship recipients are:
EcoGrove Wind Farm (Stephenson Co., Illinois)
- Cade Benson, Lena Winslow High School (Lena, IL)
- Jacquelyn Moest, Lena Winslow High School (Lena, IL)
- Garrett Williams, Warren High School (Warren, IL)
- Colin McKee, Warren High School (Warren, IL)
Red Hills Wind Farm (Roger Mills and Custer Cos., Oklahoma)
- Emily Moore, Hammon High School (Hammon, OK)
San Román Wind Farm (Cameron Co., Texas)
- Mya Brown, Los Fresnos High School (Los Fresnos, TX)
- Karen Barrera, Port Isabel High School (Port Isabel, TX)
Tatanka Wind Farm (Dickey Co., North Dakota; McPherson Co., South Dakota)
- Bryce Goettle, Ashley High School (Ashley. ND)
- Tanner Kempf, Ashley High School (Ashley, ND
- Nicholas Brandner, Leola High School (Leola, SD)
- Chase Hatlewick, Leola High School (Leola, SD