The Utility Wind Integration Group (UWIG) says it has expanded its scholarship program for students working toward careers in the electric power and wind industries.
The UWIG board of directors voted last month to revise its scholarship policy, enabling UWIG to support the education of students enrolled in accredited college or vocational schools in programs related to power engineering, wind energy or the maintenance of wind turbines.
To be eligible for scholarship assistance, a student must be currently enrolled at a school or college in a field of study that could lead to a career related to utility power engineering or operation and maintenance of utility-scale wind equipment.
UWIG says it may award up to five scholarships each year. Up to three $2,000 scholarships will be granted to students enrolled in an accredited engineering school who are pursuing a career in power engineering with a focus or major on wind or renewable generation and up to two $1,000 scholarships to students enrolled in an accredited wind technician program.
The UWIG board will determine the winner of each scholarship based on grade point average, references/recommendations and a short essay explaining why the student is pursuing a career related to wind generation. The recipients of these scholarships will be made at UWIG's annual membership meeting each spring.
The UWIG board also plans to award up to 20 educational stipends each year to provide financial assistance to students wishing to attend a UWIG-sponsored meeting. The amount of the stipends may vary and will be set by the board in consultation with UWIG staff.
UWIG is now accepting scholarship applications for the 2012-2013 academic term, with a deadline of Feb. 3, 2012. Additional information about the application and selection process can be found here.