The First Wind Scholars program offers one-time, $3,000 college scholarships to high school seniors in communities where the company has a project in operation, construction or in an advanced stage of development. Students must display strong potential for a successful post-secondary experience, as well as interest in pursuing studies focused on the environment, energy or the sciences. One $5,000 scholarship, renewable for four years, is awarded to a stand-out applicant from the competitive pool. A student from Beaver, UT, was this year’s winner of the renewable scholarship.
“All of us at First Wind are very proud to recognize these students. We look forward to seeing the future innovation and advancements made by this year’s scholarship recipients in the fields of energy, science and technology,” said Carol Grant, Senior Vice President of External Affairs for First Wind. “As we continue to foster and develop a more sustainable future, we are happy to give back to the host communities where we have developed renewable energy projects. We are pleased that the First Wind Scholars program has been so successful during its first five years.”
The two-phase, 306 MW Milford Wind farm in Beaver and Millard counties is Utah’s largest utility-scale operating wind farm. High school seniors from Beaver, Delta, and Milford will receive scholarship awards this year:
• Kasen Hutchings from Beaver and a graduate of Beaver High School will receive the First Wind Scholars renewable $5,000 award. He is class Valedictorian, President of the Math Club, and has received numerous awards from school such as the National Football Foundation Leader-Scholar-Athlete award. He will be serving on a church mission until the Fall of 2016, and upon his return he will be attending Southern Utah University to pursue a degree in Biology.
• Chandler Rose of Milford, who attended Milford High School, plans to pursue a science and technology degree at Northwest College in Powell, WY. She is active on the school’s volleyball and basketball teams and has received awards for both. She is also on the track team and is Milford High School’s Computer Technology Sterling Scholar Representative.
• Michael Stephenson, a resident of Delta and graduate of Delta High School, will enroll at Brigham Young University to pursue a degree in physics.
The First Wind Scholars program was started in 2009 as a way to support college-bound high school seniors in the communities where the company has projects in operation or in an advanced stage of development. Celebrating its fifth year, the awards support exceptional high school students who plan to pursue studies on the environment, energy or the sciences. The program has grown each year and scholarships have been awarded to 77 students totaling more than $300,000.