First Wind has announced the winners of its scholarship program, which offers one-time, $3,000 college scholarships to high-school seniors in communities where the company has a project in operation, construction or advanced stage of development.
This year's recipients represented project host communities in Hawaii, Maine, New York, Utah, Vermont and Washington, as well as the company's Boston headquarters. A total of $65,000 in awards will be distributed.
Students must display strong potential for a successful post-secondary experience, as well as interest in pursuing studies focused on the environment, energy or the sciences.
One $5,000 scholarship, renewable for four years, is awarded to a stand-out applicant from the competitive pool. This year's recipient of the cumulative $20,000 scholarship is Isaac LaJoie from Presque Isle, Maine, near the Mars Hill Wind project. Isaac plans to attend MIT in the fall.
The following students also received scholarships:
- Makena Ford, Kahuku High School
- Matthew Matasci, St. Anthony Junior/Senior High School
- Abigail Okazaki, Kamehameha Schools
- Tanya Torres, Waialua High School
- Christopher Derr, Ellsworth High School
- Logan Good, Presque Isle High School
- Vance Gustin, Southern Aroostook Community School
- Gavin Higgins, Mattanawcook Academy
- Josie Valcin, John D. O'Bryant High School
- Benjamin Crewdson, Frontier Central High School
- Dakota Price, Wayland-Cohocton High School
- Colin Christensen, Delta High School
- Juan Madrigal, Milford High School
- Megan Perry, North Country Union High School
- Heidi Jamison, Garfield-Palouse High School