10 January 2023

Five Fife College students received a festive boost after being awarded special scholarships for their efforts to help tackle climate change.

Computing student Josie Chaplin won the overall prize, receiving a new laptop for her essay about how she has adopted a greener lifestyle.

Four other students, Kaylee Smith, Michelle Stuart, Alexandru Gorea and Neil Wallas also received Climate Change Scholarship runner-up awards of £150/£100 each for submissions on the steps they are taking to help address the challenges of climate change.

Awarded by Adam Smith Scholarships, part of Fife College, the scholarship is sponsored by the Earlseat Wind Farm and the College’s Estates Team.

This is the second year of the Climate Change Scholarship, which was launched last year to coincide with the hosting of COP26 in Glasgow and opened this year to coincide with COP27 in Egypt.

To apply for the scholarship, students were asked to submit an entry via an essay, piece of art, video, presentation or another medium, highlighting actions they are taking to combat climate change.

Josie, from Dalgety Bay, said:

“I was really surprised to win the prize but I’m so pleased, it's really boosted my confidence. It means my son can use our computer for his homework and games and I can use the laptop for studying.

“I enjoyed researching for the essay and reminding myself about climate change and action we can all take.”

John Lewthwaite, Director of Estates at Fife College, said:

"The introduction of our Climate Change Scholarship this year was a great way to mark COP27 and get our students thinking and talking about climate change.

“We are delighted to support the continuation of the scholarship this year, recognising more of our students for their efforts in raising awareness of the important issues around climate change.  

“The range and quality of entries we received was impressive and we were delighted to reward the students for their work.”

Earlseat Wind Farm is owned by The Renewables Infrastructure Group (TRIG), who acquired the project when it became operational in 2014. TRIG are long-standing scholarship donors at the College, through Earlseat, providing funding to support modern apprentices and students with tech and placements to support their studies.

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

Adam Smith Scholarships, part of Fife College, is one of the largest college scholarship programmes in Scotland, awarding thousands of pounds each year to support students, develop opportunities, open doors, and transform lives.

For further details about scholarships at Fife College visit the Adam Smith Scholarships page or email scholarships@fife.ac.uk

Josie Chaplin Climate Change Scholarship Essay