ACCIONA’s energy division has selected four graduating high school seniors – two from Lena-Winslow High School and two from Warren High School – to be the recipients of its 2020 EcoGrove Wind Farm Scholarships.
“We understand it has been a challenging spring for all students, especially graduating seniors,” said Rafael Esteban, CEO of ACCIONA’s energy division in the United States. “Our hope is that these awards will help these students to a lifetime of learning and success.”
The four winners of this year’s $2,500 scholarships are Alec Bennett and Jenna Bidlingmaier of Lena Winslow High School and Ried Raisbeck and Brianna Anderson of Warren High School.
The recipients of the awards were notified of their wins during a recent virtual awards ceremony. EcoGrove Site Manager Nolan Mullen participated in that ceremony.
“Living and working in this community I have an opportunity to get to know many of the students and their families,” Mullen said. “I am very excited about this year’s winners. They are a very talented, driven group.”
Since initiating its scholarship program in 2011, EcoGrove has awarded scholarships to 29 local students.
“The original purpose of this program was to give back to the community,” Esteban said. “To be going strong a decade later makes us proud, and we’re looking forward to the next ten years.”
ACCIONA scholarships are available to students in the counties that are home to the following ACCIONA wind farms: Tatanka Wind Farm in North and South Dakota, EcoGrove Wind Farm in Illinois, Red Hills Wind Farm in Oklahoma and at San Roman Wind Farm in Texas. The one-year scholarships range from $2,500 to $5,000, and are paid upon successful completion of a student’s first semester and their enrollment in their second semester. The scholarships go to graduating high school seniors who are interested in careers in sustainability.