First Wind, an independent U.S.-based renewable energy company, announced today that Hawai‘i’s own Rysen Otomo from Wailuku, Maui, is this year’s recipient of its top award -- a $5,000 scholarship, renewable for four years. The cumulative $20,000 scholarship is awarded to a stand-out student from all the applicants in the competitive, nationwide pool.
Additionally, three Hawai‘i high school seniors will also receive scholarships through the company’s signature First Wind Scholars program. The program offers one-time, $3,000 college scholarships to exceptional high school seniors in communities where the company has a project in operation, construction or in an advanced stage of development. Students must display strong potential for a successful post-secondary experience, as well as interest in pursuing studies focused on the environment, energy or the sciences.