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NextEra Energy – Ford Dry Lake Scholarship Program Changes and New Deadline

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NextEra Energy – Ford Dry Lake Scholarship Program Changes and New Deadline

AISES and NextEra Energy Foundation are announcing a change in the program scope and an extension of deadline for the recently launched “NextEra Energy – Ford Dry Lake Scholarship Program.” 

Over the next four years, AISES will administer $300,000 in scholarship funds on behalf of the NextEra Energy Foundation available to members of participating Arizona and California Indian Tribes pursuing post-secondary educational opportunities.

The NextEra Energy-Ford Dry Lake Scholarship Program is designed to enhance educational opportunities for tribal members who are pursuing post-secondary educations at accredited four year colleges/universities, two-year colleges, or vocational schools.  NextEra Energy is committed to solving our energy needs now and in the future with clean technologies, and to encouraging and assisting Native Americans as they pursue education in growth areas of our economy that will meet the needs of future generations.  Through these scholarships, one of several Genesis Solar Energy Project Public Outreach activities, NextEra believes that additional skill sets will be brought back to impacted tribal communities and ensure that these communities benefit from the growing trends in clean energy.

For the 2014-2015 academic year, scholarships will be awarded to students pursuing post-secondary educations at accredited four year colleges/universities, two-year colleges, or vocational schools.

Tribal Membership Requirement
Applicants for this scholarship MUST be a member of one of the following participating tribes in the Ford Dry Lake Area:

  • Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians
  • Cahuilla Band of Indians
  • Chemehuevi Indian Tribe
  • Cocopah Indian Tribe
  • Colorado River Indian Tribes
  • Fort Mojave Indian Tribe
  • Morongo Band of Mission Indians
  • Quechan Indian Tribe
  • Soboba Band of Luiseno Indians
  • Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians


Scholarship Details
In 2014, each selected scholar is eligible for a maximum amount of $20,000 in Scholarship Awards which are payable in installments of $2,500 per semester, up to a maximum of 8 semesters or until the student graduates, whichever occurs first.  Funding will be provided directly to the scholar.  Funds may only be used to cover tuition, books and living expenses for the recipient’s vocational, undergraduate or graduate program. Scholars will only apply once, and will continue to receive the award, as long as they maintain a 2.66 GPA (on a 4.0 scale), acquire and maintain an AISES membership, and are considered full-time students (12 credit hours per semester or meet their school’s definition of a full-time student).  There is no longer a specified major or field of study requirement, however, the student must be enrolled in a program leading to a degree or certificate.

Eligibility Requirements
Only applicants meeting the following requirements will be considered for this program:

  • Student must have a 2.66 (on a 4.0 scale) or higher cumulative grade point average (GPA);
  • Must be or will be a full-time student at an accredited four year college/university or a full-time student at a two-year college enrolled in a program leading to an academic degree, or a full-time student enrolled in a vocational program leading to certification;  and
  • Must be an existing member of AISES, or join AISES within 30 days of award.

Application Dates
The application deadline is July 30, 2014 at 12:00 a.m. PDT.  ALL required materials must be submitted by that date.  Scholarship recipients will be notified by August 22, 2014. 

Application Process
AISES only accepts applications submitted online via our online scholarship platform, https://aises.starsscholarshipsonline.com/stars/default.aspx

For More Information
For more information about this scholarship and other AISES scholarship programs you may be eligible to apply for, please go to:  http://www.aises.org/scholarships  You may also call or email Katherine Cristiano, Programs Manager at (720) 552-6123 or kcristiano@aises.org.

About NextEra Energy
The NextEra Energy Foundation, Inc. is a private foundation organized as a not-for-profit corporation for the purpose of financially assisting charitable, scientific, literacy and educational organizations.  NextEra Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NEE) is a leading clean energy company with consolidated revenues of approximately $15.1 billion, approximately 42,500 megawatts of generating capacity, and approximately 13,900 employees in 26 states and Canada as of year-end 2013.  Headquartered in Juno Beach, Fla., NextEra Energy’s principal subsidiaries are Florida Power & Light Company, which serves approximately 4.7 million customer accounts in Florida and is one of the largest rate-regulated electric utilities in the United States, and NextEra Energy Resources, LLC, which together with its affiliated entities is the largest generator in North America of renewable energy from the wind and sun.


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