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The Utility Wind Integration Group (UWIG), a provider of critical analysis of wind technology for utility applications based in Reston, Va., will establish a scholarship program for students working toward careers in the electric power and wind industries, as well as provide financial assistance to students interested in attending UWIG events.

To be eligible, a student must be currently enrolled at trade school or college in a field of study that could lead to a career related to utility power engineering or operation and maintenance of utility-scale wind equipment. These scholarships and stipends are intended to encourage completion of a college education, or vocational degrees and programs, as well as to further the education of students.

The board established two classes of financial awards: traditional scholarships and educational stipends that will allow students to attend UWIG meetings.

UWIG may award up to three scholarships each year. Up to two $2,000 scholarships will be granted to students enrolled in an accredited engineering school who are pursuing a career in power engineering with a focus or major on wind generation. One $1,000 scholarship will be given to a student enrolled in an accredited wind technician program. The recipients of these scholarships will be made at UWIG's annual membership meeting each spring.

The UWIG board also plans to award up to six educational stipends each year to provide financial assistance to students wishing to attend a UWIG-sponsored meeting. The amount of the stipends may vary and will be set by the board in consultation with UWIG staff.

"Based on the discussions held at our joint workshop with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory on power engineering needs for the wind industry this spring, there are a number of steps that organizations can take to help strengthen the workforce in this area, and support of students in their education is a critical one," says UWIG President Henry Durrwachter of Luminant.

The scholarship program will be available beginning in 2009. Additional information about the application and selection process will be announced by UWIG.

SOURCE: Utility Wind Integration Group


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