HUDSON — Seniors at two local schools are eligible to apply for a Green STEAM Scholarship.
Troy-based community solar developer Eden Renewable is now accepting applications for its annual scholarships. Two Columbia County school districts are among the 10 eligible in the Capital Region, Hudson City School District and Ichabod Crane Central School District.
Eden Renewables is a Troy-based developer of solar and storage projects. They are giving out more than $15,000 in scholarships across the districts. Each scholarship will be between $1,000 and $3,000 and will be awarded to 10 to 15 students, depending on the quantity and quality of the applications. At least one student will be selected from each school.
“We are growing our scholarship program and excited to be supporting more students pursuing their educational goals,” Eden’s Chief Development Officer Giovanni Maruca said. “Our Green STEAM Scholarship strives to support enrollment in environmental and sustainability studies and help increase the environmental workforce to meet the growing demand for green careers as we transition to a clean energy economy.”
Eden Renewables has been awarding scholarships since 2019 to support student interests in STEM subjects that investigate, design and implement solutions for local and global environmental issues. The scholarships are offered to districts linked to different Eden Renewables community solar farms. The project linked with the Hudson City School District is the Claverack Creek and Catskill View Community Solar Farm in Claverack.
Eden Renewables’ website states that project consists of two adjacent sites, each with a capacity of approximately 7.5 MWp, which is enough to power about 2,450 average-sized homes. The project linked with the Ichabod Crane Central School District is the Green Dale Community Solar Farm in Kinderhook. This project is under development, according to Eden Renewables website. This project will be about 7.5MWp and will be able to power about 1,225 average-sized homes.
Scholarships are offered in each host town for the lifetime of the community solar farm, which is 25 years, according to Eden’s website.
To be eligible, applicants must be a high school senior attending one of the selected schools, have a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average and be accepted into a two- or four-year college or university and enrolled in Green STEAM or related discipline. A letter of recommendation from a teacher, counselor or employer, and a 500-word statement of purpose regarding educational plans and professional aspirations in Green STEAM must be submitted with the application to be considered.
The deadline to apply for a scholarship is May 28, and can be done online at https://edenrenewables.com/scholarship-2021 an announcement from Eden Renewables said selected recipients will be notified and formally awarded at each school’s graduation ceremony.
The first such scholarship in the amount of $1,000 was awarded to Mariella Hirschoff of Maple Hill Junior-Senior High School in Rensselaer County, Eden Renewables said in a statement.