A U.S. based wind-energy company says applications will be open and available online for its 2012 scholarship program. Entering its third full year, First Wind Scholars will award 16 scholarships to qualified high school seniors in communities where the company currently has projects in operation or advanced stages of development.
As part of the 2012 program, as many as 15 one-time awards will be granted to students within host communities in Hawaii, Maine, New York, Utah, Vermont, Washington and the company’s home state, Massachusetts. Qualified students enrolling in full-time degree programs focused on sciences or technology are invited to apply. First Wind Scholars recipients will be awarded a one-time $3,000 scholarship for one year. The company also awards one scholarship of $5,000, renewable for up to four years, to the year’s single most qualified applicant.
“The First Wind Scholars program has become a symbol of our ongoing commitment to the communities that host our project sites across the Northeast, West, and Hawaii,” said Carol Grant, Senior Vice President of External Affairs at First Wind. “Last year, we received double the applications from the year before, and this year we hope to see even more.”
To be eligible for the scholarship, students need a GPA of at least 2.75 and must plan to enroll in full-time undergraduate study with a major in the sciences and/or engineering or technology. Applications are open and available online with all submissions due by February 15, 2012. Applications are evaluated on a number of factors, including academic performance, work experience, school and community activities and a 300-word essay. The First Wind Scholars recipients will be announced in May 2012.
High school seniors who attend a public or private high school near the following First Wind projects, whether operational or in an advanced stage of development, are eligible to apply. (Communities in parentheses are those with high schools where students are eligible for the scholarship.)
Kaheawa Wind (Kahului, Lahaina, Kihei and Wailuku, Maui)
Kahuku Wind (Laie and Kahuku, Oahu)
Kawailoa Wind (Wahiawa, Waialua, Haleiwa and Sunset, Oahu)
Bull Hill Wind (Eastbrook, Ellsworth, Hancock and Sullivan)
Mars Hill Wind (Mars Hill)
Oakfield Wind (Dyer Brook and Oakfield)
Rollins Wind (Burlington, Lincoln, Lee, Mattawamkeag and Winn)
Stetson Wind I & II (Danforth)
First Wind’s Headquarters (John D. O’Bryant School of Math and Science in Boston)
Cohocton Wind (Cohocton)
Steel Winds (Lackawanna and Hamburg)
Milford Wind I & II (the town of Milford, Beaver and Millard Counties)
Sheffield Wind (Sheffield and Barton)
Palouse Wind (Garfield, Oakesdale, Rosalia, Saint John, Spangle and Tekoa)
Since 2010, First Wind has issued 24 one-year $3,000 scholarships for college-bound high school students from project communities, who have an expressed interest in science, technology, or the environment. The company has also granted two four-year $5,000 scholarships for select students from the applicant pools. The program and selection of recipients is administered by Scholarship Management Services, a designer and manager of scholarship and tuition reimbursement programs for corporations and other institutions.