First Wind Opens Wind Energy Scholarship Program

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First Wind has announced that online applications are now open and available 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 of 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.

In order 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 due by Feb.15, 2012, and will be evaluated on a number of factors, including academic performance, work experience, school and community activities and a 300-word essay. The recipients will be announced in May 2012.

More information is available here.

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