A SCIENCE student from the Isle has been awarded a £1,000 scholarship from the wind farm company RidgeWind.
Alistair Godley, of Chatsworth Way, Haxey, will use the cash to help fund his physics degree studies at Manchester University.
The 19-year-old is in the first year of a four year course and RidgeWind - which owns the Bagmoor Wind Farm near Scunthorpe - hands out scholarships to talented young academics who live close to their sites.
Alistair recorded a clean sweep of five A starred A Level grades at John Leggott College last year, in physics, maths, chemistry, further maths and general studies.
The former South Axholme pupil was also recognised as one of the top 10 highest achieving students for physics in the whole of the UK.
“I was really surprised because so many people applied for the scholarship, all really strong candidates, so I didn’t expect to get it,” said Alistair. “It was a while until I heard about it but I was ecstatic when I found out.”
The undergraduate said he will receive the scholarship in two payments which he will use to fund student expenses such as transport costs, text books and stationery.
“I’ve also applied to do my third year at the University of California so I will need money to do that,” he added.
Alistair thanked RidgeWind for backing him and explained his personal interest in renewable energy: “It’s something that’s a very current topic, especially with all the problems with other fuel resources at the moment.
“Renewable energy is at the forefront of physical research and there are a lot of jobs in that area - it’s definitely something I would consider for a career.”
Alistair and another former John Leggott College student, Niall Jeffrey, both received scholarships.
RidgeWind Managing Director Marjorie Glasgow said: “It gives us great pleasure to support Niall and Alistair as they begin their chosen degrees at university.
“They have demonstrated a clear commitment to their studies and we wish them every success for the future.”