Students encouraged to apply for new ScottishPower Foundation Scholarships

Published: 15 February 2017

The ScottishPower Foundation is calling on undergraduates to apply for its Masters Scholarships programme.

The ScottishPower Foundation is calling on undergraduates at the Universities of Glasgow and Strathclyde keen to progress their careers in the energy and environment industry to apply for its Masters Scholarships programme as it announces 28 new grants will be awarded for the 2017/18 academic year.ScottishPower

Scholarship places are open to degree holders and graduates. Those who are awarded will receive grants to cover enrolment costs for the Masters as well as a generous living allowance. Students from a range of disciplines will be considered for the sought-after positions, including those looking to study renewable and sustainable energy systems, clean combustion technologies, electric vehicles, and smart distribution networks.

This year, in recognition of an increase in demand for new technology roles within the industry, the programme will also incorporate degrees such as information & communication technology (ICT), cybersecurity and big data management.

Scholarship will be available at seven of the UK’s most prestigious institutions including, University of Cambridge, University of Edinburgh, University of Glasgow, University of Strathclyde, University of Liverpool, University of East Anglia and Imperial College London. Two places will be available to students wishing to study at selected Spanish universities. 

Since it was launched in 2010, the ScottishPower Foundation has invested more than £850,000 in the programme but 2017 is set to be the biggest funding year yet with approximately £700,000 being invested. Applications for the programme open on Thursday, 9 February 2017 and close on Friday, 7 April at 1pm.

Keith Anderson, Trustee of ScottishPower Foundation, commented: “There is no doubt that the future of the energy industry lies in the hands of our bright young people and the ScottishPower Foundation is committed to supporting the advancement of their education. We’re delighted to be bringing back the Scholarships programme on a bigger scale than ever before, it presents a huge opportunity for graduates and we’re really excited to see where it takes them in their careers.”

Professor Muffy Calder, Head of the College of Science and Engineering at the University of Glasgow, said: "We’re pleased to be joining the ScottishPower Foundation Scholarship programme for another year and continuing this successful partnership. The programme provides students with an invaluable opportunity to build on existing skills and develop entirely new ones under the guidance of our world-changing research and teaching staff. We’re looking forward to welcoming the next generation of energy leaders at the University of Glasgow.”

Professor Dimitris Drikakis, Associate Principal and Executive Dean of the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Strathclyde, said: “At Strathclyde we recognise that as the way we produce and consume energy continues to evolve, so too does the requirement for industry to recruit and develop the brightest talent to help drive this change. ScottishPower shares in this vision and our continued partnership through the ScottishPower Foundation gives our students the opportunity to develop their skills and make a real contribution to creating a more sustainable global energy framework.”

First published: 15 February 2017