POCATELLO, Idaho (KIFI) – Science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) students at Idaho State University are getting help from a leader in the construction, engineering, environmental, operation of facilities and professional services.
On Wednesday, North Wind Group announced the establishment of the North Wind Group STEM Scholarship Endowment. The donation will provide scholarships to junior or senior students who have declared a STEM major with the ISU College of Science and Engineering.
“After 21 years, North Wind is still proud to continue the partnership with ISU to expand the reach of scholarships to students, which is why we are delighted to officially announce that we have created a second scholarship, the Scholarship Endowment North Wind Group STEM Studies Center to help support and inspire ISU students to further their education in STEM fields,” said Christopher P. Leichtweis, President and CEO of North Wind Group.
“North Wind has been a great partner in supporting STEM education at ISU for years, and this generous donation strengthens that partnership tremendously,” said Scott Snyder, Dean of the College of Science and Engineering. We are grateful for North Wind’s commitment to making world-class STEM education available to our outstanding College of Science and Engineering students.
The new endowment is the second established at ISU by North Wind Group after the company launched the Thomas R. Sherwood Scholarship Endowment in 2001, with Sherwood’s friends and colleagues and funds raised from tournaments of golf. Sherwood was one of North Wind Group’s first employees and its director of the Geosciences Department before his death in 2000. The Thomas R. Sherwood Scholarship Endowment is designed to provide scholarships for students with a passion for the outdoors and science , especially for geoscience and biology students. with an emphasis on the environment. This year’s recipients are Grant Bradbury and Joseph Hively.
“I want to thank all of the wonderful people at North Wind and those who generously donated money to the Thomas R. Sherwood Scholarship,” said Bradbury, a geology graduate from Salmon, Idaho. “This scholarship will allow me to devote more time to my studies, to be more financially independent and to spend more time contributing to my community.”
“To be a recipient of this scholarship is really reaffirming,” said Hively, a sophomore majoring in ecology with a major in conservation biology from Lewisville, Idaho. “Knowing that I have chosen the right path in pursuing my studies and also knowing that I am not alone in my educational journey.”
North Wind is one of the nation’s leading small companies providing engineering, construction, environmental, facility operations and infrastructure, IT/cyber business management and professional services to federal and state agencies and private industry. Headquartered in Idaho Falls since 1997, North Wind has grown into a group of companies employing more than 2,000 professionals in more than 35 offices across the continental United States, Alaska, Hawaii and Guam.