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21-year-old Holly Diggins from Bembridge has been selected to receive funding to study a Masters in Environmental Sciences at the University of East Anglia (UEA) – 1 of only 28 people in the UK to be awarded a scholarship from the ScottishPower Foundation in 2017/2018.

Following on from the success of last year, ScottishPower Renewables, developer of offshore windfarm project East Anglia ONE off the coast of East Anglia, donated £100,000 to the ScottishPower Foundation scholarship scheme. As part of their East Anglia ONE skills strategy, ScottishPower Renewables is committed to investing into future generations of scientists and engineers.

Holly is 1 of just 4 students chosen to receive funding for a postgraduate scholarship at UEA, which started in September, which will cover full enrolment costs, as well as a living allowance. On top of this, the scholars will receive unique opportunities including meeting leading industry professionals at events like Offshore Wind Week at OrbisEnergy in Lowestoft, and special excursions such as a behind-the-scenes visit to ScottishPower’s Cruachan Hydro Power Station in Scotland.

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After taking a keen interest in Environmental Sciences during her undergraduate studies of Environmental Geography and International Development at UEA, Holly decided that she wanted to refine her knowledge to one discipline with an end goal of Environmental Consultancy.

Holly said:

“I am so grateful to ScottishPower Foundation for this amazing opportunity, it almost feels too good to be true, and the scholarship is unlike anything I have ever seen before. I have always wanted to study Environmental Sciences and I’m very excited to put my all into the next year and grab every unique experience that arises.

“I’m most looking forward to the one-to-one tuition and making the most of studying something I love, I’m even excited to write my dissertation which I never thought I’d ever say.

“Growing up on the Isle of Wight I have always been interested in the development of renewable energy and windfarms, so to get the opportunity to network amongst big players in the industry is remarkable.”

Professor Kevin Hiscock, Head of the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of East Anglia, said:

“We’re really pleased to be involved with the ScottishPower Foundation’s post-graduate scholarship scheme for another academic year. The scholarships support the training of our early career environmental scientists and engineers so that they are equipped to meet the growth in jobs in the renewable energy sector in the East of England, as well as other regions of the UK.”

Keith Anderson, CEO of ScottishPower Renewables and ScottishPower Foundation Trustee, commented:

“We are delighted to have increased the number of scholarships this year to 28. It is brilliant to see the programme going from strength to strength, as the training of young people interested in energy engineering and the environment is critical to the future success of the energy industry.”

Since its launch in 2010, the scheme has provided over £1.5 million in grants towards training the next generation to the highest of standards in their chosen field. Scholarships are open to degree-holders and graduates, with successful applicants receiving grants to cover full enrolment costs, as well as a generous living allowance.

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