The Business Network for Offshore Wind has launched its new Rising Star: Offshore Wind Scholarship to develop the next generation of leadership positions in the offshore wind sector.
As it expands rapidly to meet the demand for renewable energy, the U.S. offshore wind industry needs skilled, intelligent, and hardworking people to help the industry reach new heights and support a resilient, local supply chain. The new scholarship is awarded annually to four college graduates interested in careers in the growing offshore wind industry.
“In the past year in particular, there has been great momentum for offshore wind power in the USA,” says Liz Burdock, CEO of the Business Network for Offshore Wind. “Educating and nurturing the next generation is critical to the success of the industry, and the network is committed to nurturing future leaders in the industry. By engaging students early in their careers, we will help them learn about an industry that is forward-looking, creates well-paying jobs, and addresses the critical need to curb climate change. “
The scholarship is open to family members of Business Network for Offshore Wind member companies or to anyone nominated by a Business Network member. Each year the network awards four $ 5,000 scholarships funded by proceeds from the network’s Ventus Awards gala as well as donations from industry sponsors to be used towards tuition fees.
Applicants must be high school students currently in their senior year and intending to enroll full-time in a two- or four-year college or university beginning in the following academic year. All applicants are judged by academic industry leaders based on their interest in a career in offshore wind, their academic performance and financial needs.
“Part of the growth and securing of the future of offshore wind power is the education and know-how of talented people,” adds Burdock. “The Rising Star: Offshore Wind Scholarship will support the next generation of offshore wind executives in their careers in this important renewable energy sector.”
Scholarship applications are accepted until March 2nd. The winners will be announced at the network’s annual International Offshore Wind Partnering Forum conference, April 26-28 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Companies interested in donating to the Scholarship Fund can find more information online.