Boston-based wind energy company First Wind is now accepting applications for its scholarship program for seniors in areas near the company's projects, with 15 one-time awards and one renewable award available.
For the fourth year running, the company's Scholars program will award scholarships to qualified students that are enrolling in full-time programs with an emphasis on the environment, technology, or science. This year's program offers 15 one-time scholarships of $3000, and a single renewable (up to four years) scholarship of $5000 for the most qualified applicant.
Applicants must live in a host community near one of the company's wind projects, including areas in Massachusetts, Maine, New York, Vermont, Washington, Utah, and Hawaii, must have a GPA of at least 2.75 and plan to enroll full-time in an undergraduate degree program focusing on science, engineering, technology, or the environment. Applicants will be evaluated on their academic performance and work experience, as well as involvement in community and school activities, and are asked to also submit a 300 word essay. Submissions are due by February 15, 2013, with recipients announced in May of 2013.
Since its inception in 2010, the First Wind Scholars program has awarded scholarships totaling more than $175,000 to 43 students.