WRISE Wind at Our Backs

In 2016, our organization began a partnership with the Women of Wind Energy (now the Women of Renewable Industries and Sustainable Energy) and the American Wind Energy Association to launch a new scholarship program for women in training programs for wind technicians.

This Scholarship furthers the education of women in wind energy and is designed to help diversify the wind energy workforce and provide greater opportunities for women in the field. The scholarship was conceived of by NextEra Energy and is sponsored by Blattner Energy, GE Renewable Energy, the NextEra Energy Foundation, and Suzlon. With this generous support, WSA offers $2,500 scholarships, which includes a trip to WINDPOWER, the industry’s premier trade show and educational event. At WINPOWER, scholarship recipients 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.

WRISE Event - 2017
WRISE Event, May 2017

The scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis.  An application and evaluation process is used to determine scholarship recipients, with a target of granting three-to-five scholarships each year. Recipients are selected based on the following criteria:

  • active enrollment in a wind technician or similar program at an accredited college, university, or vocational institution
  • a demonstrated interest in renewable energy
  • proven track record of academic success
  • work and volunteer experience
  • potential for future contributions to the U.S. renewable energy community
  • financial need

How to Apply

Please note: Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

Application materials must include:

  • Current resume or professional vitae
  • Essay (approx. 500-1000 words) describing why you are interested in the Scholarship, highlights of academic and work history, experience in wind and renewable energy, career goal(s), reasons for attending the WINDPOWER conference, how you would use the funds, and how attendance will benefit you, your community, campus, and/or organization. Please also explain why you need this fellowship to be able to attend or if you potentially have access to other funds.
  • Academic transcript (official or unofficial)
  • At least one Letter of Recommendation.*
  • Letters of Recommendation must be emailed directly to fellowships@WRISEnergy.org being sure the Applicant’s name is included in the subject line.

Past Recipients

Stephanie Booth

Stephanie Booth

Arizona State University
Mechanical Engineering
Jackie Brumbaugh

Jackie Brumbaugh

Ecotech Institute
Wind Energy Technology
Rolling Hills, Iowa

Brandy Cyre

High Plains Technology Center
Wind Energy Technology
Jessica Fisher

Jessica Fisher

SUNY Canton
Mechanical Engineering Technology
Brooke Lorwey-Mora

Brooke Lorwey-Mora

Ecotech Institute
Wind Energy Technology
Tiana Ortega

Tiana Ortega

Ecotech Institute
Wind Energy Technology

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