Programme is part of over £2.5m investment in education of upcoming generations
The ScottishPower Foundation has today announced 14 new post-graduate energy and environment scholarship grants in the UK for the 2016/17 academic year. The UK programme will work in partnership with its Spanish equivalent, the Fundación IBERDROLA, in Spain to offer 24 scholarship places in the UK in total and 130 places worldwide.
The scholarships programme aims to contribute to the education of young professionals with the capabilities required to lead the energy industry into the future. Applications for the forthcoming academic year opened on Tuesday 9th February and will close on Tuesday 29th March.
The programme is calling on recent graduates wishing to pursue a career in energy and environment related studies with a particular focus on the development of renewable energies and boosting biodiversity, as well as the efficiency of the energy system.
Since it was launched in 2010, the scheme has provided over £2.5 million in grants towards training the next generation excellence in their chosen field. Scholarships are open to degree-holders and graduates, with those awarded receiving grants to cover full enrolment costs as well as generous living allowance.
Scholarship places are available at seven of the UK’s most respected Universities: the University of Cambridge, University of Edinburgh, University of Glasgow, University of Liverpool, University of Strathclyde, University of East Anglia and Imperial College London. Two places will also be offered to students wishing to study at selected Spanish Universities.
Ann Loughrey, Trustee and Executive Officer at the ScottishPower Foundation, said: “The ScottishPower Foundation is committed to supporting the advancement of young people across the UK and our partnership with Fundación IBERDROLA strongly supports the development of our future industry leaders. In the last six years, the Scholarships programme has offered 72 students the opportunity to acquire the skills needed to build a career in the energy industry, at some of the world’s best institutions in the UK, and we are delighted to be opening the initiative for another year.”
More details on the UK scholarship programme can be found at: www.scottishpowerfoundation.com
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Notes to editors
The ScottishPower Foundation is a registered Scottish charity (SC043862) and a company limited by guarantee (SC445116). The Foundation’s aim is to make a significant and lasting contribution to society and enhance the quality of life in local communities. It provides funding to registered charities and non-profit organisations for the following purposes: the advancement of education; the advancement of environmental protection; the advancement of the arts, heritage, culture or science; the prevention or relief of poverty and the relief of those in need by reason of disability or other disadvantage; the advancement of citizenship and community development.
Fundación IBERDROLA focuses its activity on four major areas: training and research, energy sustainability and biodiversity, cooperation and solidarity, and cultural development in the countries where the Group carries out its activity.
In addition, the Foundation carries out other initiatives aimed at improving the quality of life of people in the regions where IBERDROLA operate.
IBERDROLA Scholarships programme
The IBERDROLA Scholarships Programme, which the company runs on a yearly basis, is one of the flagship projects carried out by the group via its international foundations. Over 500 young people of various nationalities have already benefited from this scheme.