SSE Renewables has announced the opening of the 10th year of its Northern Ireland Scholarship Fund, which has already powered more than 380 students through their third level studies.
The fund provides financial support for students who are studying a range of STEM subjects.
The fund was launched in 2014, to support students living in the areas where SSE Renewables operate wind farms to provide support with their fees at the study at Ulster University, South West College and North West Regional College.
As in previous years, the Scholarship Fund is open to students from counties Tyrone, Derry-Londonderry, Fermanagh and Donegal, with successful applicants in receipt of funding support for 50% of their third level education fees.
Applications for the 2023 Scholarship fund will close on October 27.
SSE Renewables is the leading developer and operator of renewable energy in Northern Ireland and is the power behind leading greener energy provider and sister company SSE Airtricity.
Over the last two decades SSE Renewables has invested over £500m in the Northern Ireland economy through renewable energy developments.
The company owns 117MW of operational onshore wind farms in locations across NI.
These include the region’s largest wind farm, the 73MW Slieve Kirk Wind Park in County Londonderry which overlooks the City of Derry.
Speaking at the launch of the 2023 SSE Renewables Scholarship Fund, Vicky Boden from SSE Renewables, said: “We are delighted to launch the 10th year of the SSE Renewables Scholarship Fund.
"Over the past decade we have been able to provide financial support for almost 390 students as they embark on their studies.
"With so many pressures on students, what the scholarship does is to help ease the pressures by covering 50 per cent of the fees.
“Each year we are seeing more and more interest in the Scholarship Fund, and we know it is having a really positive impact.
"Working with Ulster University, South West College and North West Regional College, we are ensuring that the next generation is equipped for the workplace and to play their part in tackling the climate crisis.
“The 2023 SSE Renewables Scholarship Fund is now open for applications, and we hope that many new students will apply.”
Since the SSE Renewables Scholarship Fund was launched in 2014, 389 students have availed from more than £1.27 million in financial support to help them as they begin their courses.
The wind-powered Scholarship is backed by the SSE Renewables Regional Fund for Slieve Kirk Wind Park and Tievenameenta Wind Farm, owned and operated by SSE Renewables, as well as the Greencoat Renewables-owned Slieve Divena II Wind Farm.
Scholarships are provided for students living in Counties Tyrone, Derry-Londonderry and Fermanagh, which are the host counties for the wind farms in Northern Ireland as well as students who live in County Donegal, which adjoins SSE Renewables’ Tievenameenta Wind Farm.
Applications to the SSE Renewables Scholarship Fund are now being accepted with completed applications to be submitted by candidate students to their chosen institution no later than October 27.
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