According to the Department of Energy, the U.S. has the third largest offshore wind market capacity in the world. Over the next several years, the US has plans to significantly scale the offshore wind industry, including installing wind farms in the Gulf of Mexico that can power over 1 million homes in Louisiana.

The growth of this clean energy industry will require engineering talent. To fill this need, the Beach at UNO, in partnership with the Dr. Robert A. Savoie College of Engineering, is launching the Wind Scholars Program. This program will award $5,000 scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students interested in acquiring skills and knowledge in this important area of renewable energy.

To qualify for the scholarship, Junior or Senior undergraduate students must choose one of the four available paths that correspond to a specific degree that consist of four courses (a total of 12 credit hours). Graduate students can apply to the graduate track in Path 5. Each student will be paired with an industry partner and receive a paid internship or summer experience with the partner.

Click below to learn more information about the courses required for each discipline.

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FAQs

What does the scholarship consist of?
Scholarship recipients will be awarded $5,000 to help cover the cost of the four required courses, and the Wind Scholars Program will assist in placing the student in a paid internship or work experience with a wind energy company. 

How will the internship component be selected?
The number of hours and pay for the work experience will vary according to the company. The Wind Scholars Program will work to match students’ experience and work availability with the most suitable company.

How will the scholarship be paid?
Scholarship money will be routed to the student’s UNO account through the Office of Financial Aid. Students will be paid $1,250 per course and paid once proof of registration is submitted for the qualifying course at the beginning of each semester.

What is the time frame to complete the 4 courses in the chosen track?
All courses and the work experience must be completed within a maximum of two academic years.

What if I have already taken some of the required courses on my path?
Great! Feel free to apply, the program will coordinate with you on the remainder of the courses and the work experience. 

Are there any additional requirements for the program beyond the required coursework?
Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA throughout the program and maintain full-time student status to remain eligible. At the conclusion of each semester, students must submit transcripts documenting the successful completion of the course to be eligible to continue in the program.