First Wind Scholars opens Fourth Annual Applications

First Wind, palouse wind project, wind energyApplications are now open and available online for First Wind's annual 2013 scholarship program. Qualified students enrolling in full-time degree programs with an interest in science, technology and/or the environment are invited to apply.

As part of the 2013 program, 15 one-time awards will be granted to students within host communities in Hawaii, Maine, New York, Utah, Vermont, Washington and Massachusetts.

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.

Entering its fourth full year, First Wind Scholars will make scholarships available to qualified high school seniors in communities where the company currently has projects in operation or in advanced stages of development.

In order to be eligible for the scholarship, students need a GPA of at least 2.75 and must plan to enroll in full-time undergraduate study with a focus in the sciences, technology and/or engineering. Applications are open and available online as of today, with all submissions due by Feb. 15, 2013. Applications are evaluated on a number of factors, including academic performance, work experience, school and community activities and a 300-word essay.

The First Wind Scholars recipients will be announced in May 2013.

High school seniors who attend a public or private high school near the following First Wind projects, whether operational or in an advanced stage of development, are eligible to apply:


  • Kaheawa Wind I & II (Kahului, Lahaina, Kihei and Wailuku, Maui)
  • Kahuku Wind (Laie and Kahuku, Oahu)
  • Kawailoa Wind (Wahiawa, Waialua, Haleiwa and Sunset, Oahu)


  • Bull Hill Wind (Eastbrook, Ellsworth, Hancock and Sullivan)
  • Mars Hill Wind (Mars Hill)
  • Oakfield Wind (Dyer Brook and Oakfield)
  • Rollins Wind (Burlington, Lincoln, Lee, Mattawamkeag and Winn)
  • Stetson Wind I & II (Danforth and surrounding communities)


  • First Wind's Headquarters (John D. O'Bryant School of Math and Science in Boston)

New York

  • Cohocton Wind (Cohocton)
  • Steel Winds I & II (Lackawanna and Hamburg)


  • Milford Wind I & II (Beaver and Millard Counties)


  • Sheffield Wind (Sheffield, Barton and surrounding communities)


  • Palouse Wind (Garfield, Oakesdale, Rosalia, Saint John, Spangle and Tekoa)

Since 2010, First Wind has issued 40 one-year, $3,000 scholarships for college-bound high school students from project communities. Additionally, the company has granted three four-year, $5,000 scholarships for select students from the applicant pools. The First Wind Scholars program has grown each year and scholarships have been awarded to forty-three (43) students totaling more than $175,000.