First Wind awards scholarships to 2 students

Two Maui residents are among four students from high schools in Hawaii who will be awarded a $3,000 scholarship through the First Wind Scholars program, according to a news release. The Boston-based company owns and operates the combined 51 MW Kaheawa Wind I & II project on Maui.

The Maui scholarship winners are Ryan Foree, a recent graduate of Kamehameha Schools Maui, and Kristen Gilchrist, a graduate of Lahainaluna High School.

Foree will attend the University of Southern California in Los Angeles and will major in biology. He lives near the Kaheawa I & II Wind projects.

Gilchrist, has been accepted to the University of Washington in Seattle, where she will study chemistry. She also resides near the Kaheawa I & II Wind projects.

The First Wind Scholars program was started in 2009 as a way to support college-bound high school seniors in the communities where the company has projects in operation or in an advanced stage of development.

Celebrating its fifth year, the awards support exceptional high school students who plan to pursue studies on the environment, energy or the sciences.