First Wind accepting scholarship applicants

First Wind, an independent U.S.-based renewable energy company, has announced that applications are open and available online for its annual 2014 scholarship program. Entering its fifth full year, First Wind Scholars will make scholarships available to qualified high school seniors in communities where the company has projects in operation or in advanced stages of development.

High school seniors who attend a public or private high school in Kahului, Lahaina, Kihei and Wailuku (near the Kaheawa Wind I & II First Wind projects) are eligible to apply.

As part of the 2014 program, 16 one-time awards will be granted to students within host communities in Hawaii, Maine, New York, Utah, Vermont, Washington, Massachusetts and the company’s home city of Boston. Qualified students enrolling in full-time degree programs with an interest in science, technology or the environment 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 must have grade-point averages of at least 2.75 and must plan to enroll in full-time undergraduate study with a focus in the sciences, technology or engineering. All submissions are due by Feb. 15. Factors in selection include academic performance, work experience, school and community activities and a 300-word essay. The First Wind Scholars recipients will be announced in May.

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