First Wind taking applications for 2015 scholarship program

Applications are available online for the First Wind annual 2015 scholarship program for qualified high school seniors in communities where the renewable energy company operates.

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

Students in host communities in Hawaii, Maine, Massachusetts, New York, Utah, Vermont and Washington will be granted 16 one-time awards of $3,000.

The company will also award one scholarship of $5,000, renewable for up to four years, to the year’s single most qualified applicant. Qualified students must have grade-point averages of at least 2.75 and must plan to enroll in full-time degree programs with an interest in science, technology or the environment.

The deadline to apply is Jan. 6. Applications will be evaluated on factors including academic performance, work experience, school and community activities, and a 300-word essay. Recipients will be announced in April.