UWIG Announces Revised Scholarship, Meeting Attendance Assistance Program

Reston, Va. – September 30, 2011 – The Utility Wind Integration Group (UWIG) announced today that it has expanded its scholarship program for students working towards careers in the electric power and wind industries, as well as expanded financial assistance to students interested in attending UWIG events.

The UWIG Board of Directors voted September 16 to revise its scholarship policy enabling UWIG to support the education of students enrolled in accredited college or vocational schools in programs related to power engineering, wind energy, or the maintenance of wind turbines. To be eligible for scholarship assistance, a student must be currently enrolled at a 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 programs as well as to further the education of students.

UWIG may award up to five scholarships each year. Up to three $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 or renewable generation and up to two $1,000 scholarships to students enrolled in an accredited wind technician program. The UWIG Board will determine the winner of each scholarship based on grade point average, references/recommendations and a short essay explaining why the student is pursuing a career related to wind generation. 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 20 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.

According to UWIG President Henry Durrwachter of Luminant, these programs are part of UWIG’s efforts to help address the need for qualified workers in the electric power and wind industries: "There is a need for qualified engineers to work in the electric power industry and many people – both young and not-so-young – are seeking to establish careers in the wind plant/turbine technology area. Many students need assistance with tuition, and the UWIG Board took this action to help meet this growing need."

UWIG is now accepting scholarship applications for the 2013-2014 academic term, with a deadline of February 15, 2013. Additional information about the application and selection process can be found on the UWIG web site.

The Utility Wind Integration Group (UWIG) was established in 1989 to provide a forum for the critical analysis of wind technology for utility applications and to serve as a source of credible information on the status of wind technology and deployment. The group’s mission is to accelerate the development and application of good engineering and operational practices supporting the appropriate integration of wind power for utility applications through the coordinated efforts and actions of its members, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Energy, its National Renewable Energy Laboratory and utility research organizations. UWIG currently has over 170 members from the United States, Canada, Europe, and New Zealand, including investor-owned, public power, and rural electric cooperative utilities; transmission system operators; and associate member corporate, government, and academic organizations.

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