WINDPOWER Fellowship Application

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Please note: Both Rudd Mayer and Wind at Our Back Applicants must fill out this application There is an additional section at the end for Wind at Our Backs Applicants.

Rudd Mayer Fellowship Eligibility

    -The WRISE Rudd Mayer Fellowship is available to any woman who is a currently enrolled student or recent graduate of a college, university, or technical certificate program (including graduate degree programs)
    -Fellowship applicants may be interested in any sector of renewable energy, including academic, manufacturing, technical, consulting, engineering, finance, and others
   - Applicants must be planning to pursue a wind energy career in the United States

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Application Materials

Essay(approx. 500-1000 words) describing why you are interested in the Fellowship, highlights of academic and work history, experience in wind and renewable energy, career goal(s), reasons for attending the WINDPOWER conference and how attendance will benefit you, your community, campus, and/or organization. Please also explain why you need this Fellowship to attend and whether you have attended WINDPOWER in the past. Upload as word or pdf document

Official transcripts can be emailed to

At least one Letter of Recommendation.*
* Letters of Recommendation can be emailed directly to being sure the Applicant's name is included in the subject line.

All of these items are due by February 16, 2018 and incomplete applications will not be considered. DEADLINE EXTENDED TO FEBRUARY 21, 2018.
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Wind at Our Backs Scholarship

If you only wish to be considered for the Rudd Mayer Fellowship-- simply check that you are not interested in the box below and next page to review your application before submitting. If you are eligible and interested in Wind at Our Backs Scholarship please read and complete this section.

Focused on furthering the education of women in wind energy, this scholarship is designed to help diversify the wind energy workforce and provide greater opportunities for women in the field.

This scholarship, conceived by NextEra Energy, is sponsored by Blattner Energy, GE Renewable Energy, the NextEra Energy Foundation, and Suzlon.  With this generous support, the Wind Energy Foundation is now able to offer $2,500 scholarships.  The scholarship also includes the same benefits of WRISE's Rudd Mayer Fellowship: a trip to WINDPOWER, the industry’s premier trade show and educational event, where they can attend seminars on current wind energy issues, view state-of-the-art technology, meet others in the renewable energy field, and connect with potential employers.

The scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis.  An application and evaluation process will be used to determine scholarship recipients, with a target of granting three-to-five scholarships each year. 

Wind at Our Backs Eligibility
In addition to the Rudd Mayer eligibility requirements, Wind at Our Backs Applicants must have an active enrollment in a wind technician or similar program at an accredited college, university, or vocational institution.
Please include a paragraph that explains how you would plan to use the Wind At Our Backs Scholarship - $2500

IMPORTANT NOTE: The Wind at Our Backs selection process is connected to the Rudd Mayer selection process - so they use the same application form. Please complete the Rudd Mayer/Wind At our Backs Application, check your eligibility and upload the additional essay to be considered. Any applicants not selected for the Wind At Our Backs scholarship will automatically be included in the pool of applicants for the Rudd Mayer Fellowship.

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