Connemara students invited to apply for Galway Wind Park scholarship

Galway Daily news Plans in the works for northwest Galway wind farm

Third-level students from Connemara are being invited to apply for the next round of education funding under the Galway Wind Park Scholarship Fund.

The scholarship fund is typically worth around €50,000 per year and provides 50% grant support towards a student’s annual fees for a maximum of three years. 

It is the fourth year of the programme which is backed by Galway Wind Park co-owners SSE Renewables and Greencoat Renewables.

Last year 14 scholarships were awarded, and to date, 64 students have received support from the fund as they embark on their college education.

The bursary programme supports students attending Atlantic Technological University (ATU) and University of Galway as well as other educational institutions across the island of Ireland. 

The Scholarship provides third-level education opportunities for local students to gain qualifications and build strong careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) subjects and in the areas of energy efficiency, sustainability, environment, health, safety and social skills.

Michelle Donnelly, Community Development Manager at SSE Renewables, said: “At SSE Renewables we are really proud to partner with Greencoat Renewables to launch the fourth year of this wind-powered scholarship, backing local students progressing towards their third-level education.

“Last year saw 14 scholarships awarded to help a number of students with financial support as they began their studies.

“We would encourage anyone from areas of Connemara around Galway Wind Park who are moving into third level education to consider applying for this year’s funding from the Galway Wind Park Scholarship.”

Patrick Maguire, Investment Manager at Greencoat Renewables, said it is fantastic to be able to offer support to local residents of the wind farm, and it shows “that we are committed to continue supporting important initiatives such as this and to invest in future generations.”

Student selection for the Scholarship is administered by Galway Wind Park’s Community Team with ATU, University of Galway and FORUM Connemara CLG, a Local Development Company whose main aim is the economic and social development of the Connemara region. 

The deadline for completed applications to be submitted to a student’s chosen education institution for the 2022 Scholarship is Wednesday 9 November 2022.

The application form and further information on how to apply can be found online at: