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Clearway Essay Contest Scholarship

Stay Tuned for Our Scholarship for the 2020-2021 School Year.

Clearway Community Solar LLC (“Clearway”) is offering essay scholarships (“Essay”) to a full-time undergraduate college student. Students will be writing an essay about a topic chosen by Clearway. The 2020 scholarship is not open for applications yet.


Scholarship Winners

1st Place

Reese O’Craven – $5,000

2nd Place

Ronald Pedersen – $2,500

Congratulations to our 2019 Essay Contest Scholarship winners! Reese O’Craven is a Sophomore studying Community, Environment, and Planning at the University of Washington, and Ronald Pedersen is a Junior double-majoring in Business Supply Chain Management and Sustainability at Arizona State University. Take a look at Reese’s first place essay and Ronald’s second place essay!

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2019 Applications are CLOSED!

Stay tuned for our 2020 Scholarship Essay Contest prompt for the 2020-2021 school year. In the meantime, check out the environmental impact of community solar and how solar farms work.

About Clearway Community Solar

Clearway builds local solar farms that bring communities together to support clean power generation, no roof required. A convenient and practical approach for going solar without property installations or upfront costs, Clearway has nearly 100 solar farms active or in development across Colorado, Illinois, Massachusetts, Minnesota, and New York and has produced over 70 million kWh of solar energy – the equivalent of offsetting the greenhouse gas emissions of driving a car nearly 128 million miles. Customers who join Clearway Community Solar farms not only support local clean power, but also receive credits for their subscribed solar generation that help reduce their electric utility bill. To learn more about the program, visit

Eligible Students

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Scholarship applicants must be full-time undergraduate students enrolled in a degree program in Environmental Science, Sustainable Studies, Industrial Technology, Energy and Sustainability Policy, Energy Commerce, or Environmental Engineering at a US institution and be a United States citizen.

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Scholarship applicants must have completed, at the attending institution, a minimum of 15 college credit hours or one semester. The selected winner must provide verification of school status via transcript prior to the release of the prize.

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Scholarship applicants must possess an overall minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. The selected winner must provide verification of GPA via transcript prior to the release of the prize.

2019 Essay Topic

Renewable energy, including solar energy, has grown in adoption across the United States, yet fossil fuels still represent the majority energy source in our country. What steps need to be taken for renewable energy sources to grow their contribution and even surpass fossil fuels as the leading source of energy in the U.S.?


Essays must be 1,000 words or more and in a Word Document. Plagiarized essays will not be considered. We will only accept essays in English. One essay per student. See full rules for more details.



Entries will be judged on grammar, originality, and content quality. Clearway will make the final judgment decisions and notify the winners via email or phone. If a winner does not contact Clearway Community Solar within a week of being notified, Clearway Community Solar will select a new winner.


*Applications are CLOSED for 2019*


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