As an education-based organization, The MREA is committed to providing opportunities for students to become leaders in building a sustainable future powered by clean energy. The MREA Clean Energy Leadership Award is designed to assist students who are pursuing degrees and/or relevant credentials in renewable energy, energy efficiency, sustainability, or clean technology.
The Award was established in 2006 in honor of Steve Hansen, a brilliant educator who taught thousands of students in Wisconsin about the importance of renewable energy and environmental sustainability. From 2018-2021, the Award was made possible thanks to a partnership with the Straubel Foundation and the generous support of JB and Boryana Straubel.
The MREA Clean Energy Leadership Award will continue to inspire future leaders of the Just Energy Transition in the Midwest by helping empower students through their higher education. We are confident their impact will have lasting positive effects on the clean energy landscape and sustainable business practices of the future.
Scholarships are made in the amount of $1,000 and are awarded to students who reside in the Midwest (WI, MN, MI, IA, IL, IN, OH, MO). Students should possess a clear goal of desiring to make her or his community, environment, or world a better and more sustainable place to live. Students should be able to show prior interest and/or education in the field. Criteria for awarding scholarships are based on leadership skills, student motivation, enthusiasm, and commitment. GPA and scholarship will be considered, but are not the deciding factor. High school students, college students, graduate students, and non-traditional students are invited to apply. Eligible educational institutions must be located within the United States.
To apply for the scholarship, please fill out our Scholarship Application Form. Applications are due to the Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA) by March 30th of each year.
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