First Wind Expands Scholarship Program


First Wind says applications for the 2011 First Wind Scholars program will be open and available online beginning Dec. 15. The extension and expansion of the program will provide new scholarship opportunities for high school seniors attending school in communities where the company currently has projects in operation or in an advanced stage of development. Launched in October 2009, the program offers several 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.

For 2011, as many as 15 one-time $3,000 scholarships in seven states will be granted to qualified students, including new scholarships for students in communities in Hawaii, Maine and Washington. In addition, First Wind will provide one scholarship of $5,000, which is renewable for up to four years, to the most qualified student overall.

In order to be eligible for the scholarship, students must have a GPA of at least 3.0 and must plan to enroll in full-time undergraduate study with a major in earth science, environmental science, technology or engineering. Judging will be based on a number of factors, including academic performance, work experience, school and community activities, and a 300-word essay.

Submissions are due by Feb. 15, 2011, and the names of the scholarship recipients will be announced in May 2011. For more information, visit

SOURCE: First Wind

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