First Wind has awarded 11 scholarships to college-bound students that live in communities close to the company’s wind projects.
The 11 scholarships this year went to students in Hawaii, Maine, Massachusetts, New York, Utah and Vermont. One exceptional student, Jing Hua of Hawaii, was awarded a renewable scholarship of $5,000 for up to four years.
The young men and women receiving these scholarships are exceptional” – Carol Grant, First Wind Carol J. Grant, Senior Vice President of First Wind for External Affairs, said: “The young men and women receiving these scholarships are exceptional and have shown a real interest in the sciences. We wish them luck in their college careers and hope they will continue to pursue their interest in energy, sciences or the environment.”
The announcement Friday said that First Wind, an independent US-based wind energy company, that Livingston was awarded the scholarship as part of the 2010 First Wind Scholars program. In total, eleven scholarships have been awarded to college-bound students in communities where the company currently has a project in operation or in an advanced stage of development.
The First Wind Scholars program launched in October 2009 offers one-time $3,000 scholarships to support local high school students who display strong potential for a successful college experience, as well as interest in the environment, energy or the sciences. Successful applicants were chosen based on a number of factors, including: academic performance, standardized test scores, community service activity and a 300-word essay.
Mr. Livingston will use his scholarship towards tuition at Southern Utah University in Cedar City, where he plans to study Environmental Science and Communications. Earlier this year, Kelsey Mitchell, a senior at Millard High School in Fillmore, Utah, was the inaugural recipient of the First Wind Scholars award. Ms. Mitchell received a $3,000 scholarship towards tuition at Southern Utah University, where she will begin her studies in Forensic Science this fall.
First Wind owns and operates the largest utility-scale operating wind farm in Utah, the 204 MW Milford Wind project in Milford and in Millard and Beaver Counties. The Milford Wind project began commercial operation in November 2009.
For more information on First Wind Scholars, go to First Wind Scholarships.