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First Wind Scholarships

December 17th, 2013
Wind turbine from First Wind's Kahuku wind farm. First Wind is now accepting applications from students located in schools near its wind farms on Oahu and Maui. Photo by Nina Wu.

Wind turbine from First Wind's Kahuku wind farm. By Nina Wu.

Boston-based First Wind, which has two wind farms on Oahu and one wind farm on Maui, announced the availability of applications for its 2014 scholarship program.

Qualified high school seniors in communities where the company has projects are invited to apply. This is the fifth year First Wind is offering the scholarships.

Carol Grant, First Wind's senior vice president of external affairs, says the company has committed nearly $250,000 to 59 students over the past four years.

High school seniors in both public and private schools in the communities of Laie, Kahuku, Wahiawa, Waialua, Haleiwa and Sunset on Oahu or Kahului, Lahaina, Kihei and Wailuku, Maui are invited to apply.

To apply, students must have a Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 2.75, with plans to enroll in full-time undergraduate study with a focus in the sciences, technology and/or engineering. Other states where students can apply include Maine, Massachusetts, New York, Utah, Vermont and Washington.

First Wind Scholars will be awarded a one-time $3,000 scholarship for one year. One scholarship of $5,000, renewable up to four years, will be awarded to the year's single most qualified applicant.

First Wind operates wind farms at Kahuku and Kawailoa, both on Oahu's north shore, as well as Kaheawa on the ridgeline of the West Maui Mountains.

Applications are available online, and will be evaluated on a number of factors, including academic performance, work experience, school and community activities and a 300-word essay. Submissions are due by Feb. 15, 2014. Recipients will be announced in May 2014.

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