Fife College launches Climate Change Scholarship to mark COP26

9th November 2021

Adam Smith Scholarships, part of Fife College, has launched a special scholarship to mark COP26.

The Climate Change Scholarship, sponsored by Earlseat Wind Farm, has been created to mark the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) which is currently taking place in Glasgow.

Open to all Fife College students, the scholarship is offering a prize of a new laptop and £250, for the best original and thoughtful submission on ‘what climate change means to me’ with the runner-up will also receiving a new laptop.

Students are being asked to submit their entry via an essay, piece of art, video, presentation or another medium, which highlights actions they are personally taking to combat climate change.

The new scholarship is funded through the Earlseat Wind Farm Covid Relief Fund. Earlseat are current scholarship donors at the College, providing funding to support modern apprentices and students with tech and placements to support their studies.

Located on the outskirts of Kirkcaldy, the Earlseat Wind Farm is operated by RES, the world’s largest independent renewable energy company, active in onshore and offshore wind, solar, energy storage, transmission, and distribution.

The launch of the Climate Change Scholarship also follows the announcement by the College earlier this month that its new Dunfermline campus will be the first net zero tertiary education building to be constructed in Scotland.

Lyn Gold, Scholarship and Alumni Engagement Lead at Fife College, said:

“We were really keen to mark COP26 and the important issues around climate change amongst our students – launching our first Climate Change Scholarship has been the perfect way to do this.

“We’ve made the scholarship as accessible as possible, ensuring all students have the opportunity to share, in their own way, what climate change means to them and we look forward to seeing and hearing what the students come up with.

“It is very fitting to have Earlseat Wind Farm, long-standing partners of the College and fantastic supporters of our scholarship programme, sponsor our first ever Climate Change Scholarship. A huge thanks to them for their continued support.”

John Wincott, Environmental Services Coordinator at Fife College, and Chair of the Sustainable Scotland Network, said:

“At Fife College we’re taking substantial action to reduce emissions, including constructing the first net zero college building in Scotland with our new Dunfermline Campus plans, and ongoing work to curb emissions from our estate and fleet.

“Many of our students are already playing an active role in supporting some of these actions so I’m looking forward to seeing what climate change means to them personally through this exciting new scholarship. Our students are so talented that I am sure that their work will be an inspiration to us all."

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