First Wind Awards 11 Scholarships In Six States

First Wind has announced that 11 scholarships have been awarded to college-bound students as part of the 2010 First Wind Scholars program. The awardees reside in communities where the company currently has a project in operation or in an advanced stage of development.

First Wind Scholars offers one-time $3,000 scholarships to support local high school seniors who display strong potential for a successful college experience, as well as interest in the environment, energy or the sciences, according to the company.

Scholarships have been awarded to qualified students in Hawaii, Maine, Massachusetts, New York, Utah and Vermont. One exceptional student, Jing Hua of Hawaii, has been awarded a renewable scholarship of $5,000 for up to four years.

All three recipients in Hawaii are recent graduates of Lahainaluna High School. Wasseem Bell will enroll at the University of Colorado-Boulder, where he plans to study aerospace engineering. Chelsea Gilchrest will enter the University of Montana, where she intends to concentrate on wildlife biology. Hua will enroll at the University of California-Davis, where she plans to study chemical engineering. .

Mitchell Folsom, a graduate of Central Aroostook High School in Maine, will use his scholarship toward tuition at the University of Maine-Fort Kent, where he intends to study forest technology. Sarah Rizzo, a graduate of Stearns High School, will attend Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She plans to major in biology. First Wind owns and operates three projects in Maine: the 57 MW Stetson I and 26 MW Stetson II projects, and the 42 MW Mars Hill Wind.

Michael Ly, a recent graduate of John D. O'Bryant School in Boston, will use his scholarship toward tuition at Syracuse University, where he intends to study engineering.

Steven Conrad, a recent graduate of Wayland-Cohocton High School in New York, will enroll at the University of Rochester. He plans to study chemical engineering. Katherine Landahl will use her scholarship toward tuition at Canisius College, where she will begin her studies in chemistry this fall. Matthew Mehlenbacher, a recent graduate of Wayland-Cohocton High School, will enter SUNY-Potsdam, where he intends to study biology. First Wind owns and operates two projects in New York: the 125 MW Cohocton Wind project and the 20 MW Steel Winds project.

Dalaki Livingston, a graduate of Milford High School in Utah, will use his scholarship towards tuition at Southern Utah University, where he plans to study environmental science and communications. Kelsey Mitchell, a senior at Millard High School, was the inaugural recipient of the First Wind Scholars award. Mitchell will receive a $3,000 scholarship towards tuition at Southern Utah University, where she will begin her studies in forensic science. First Wind owns and operates the 204 MW Milford Wind project in Milford, Utah.

Anna Simmons of Sheffield is a recent graduate of the Lyndon Institute in Vermont. She will use her scholarship toward tuition at Norwich University, where she intends to study engineering management. First Wind is currently developing Sheffield Wind, a 40 MW project in Sheffield.

SOURCE: First Wind

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