15 tuition-free scholarships coming to Fisher, Kent, and Stonewall counties

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Wind-energy company BayWa, county judges, and TSTC work to create opportunity where everyone benefits

Judges from Fisher, Kent, and Stonewall counties met with representatives from Texas State Technical College last week to discuss how to structure 15 scholarships for the college’s Wind Technology Program. The goal is to offer an opportunity for five locals from each county to attend the program tuition-free, paid for through agreements with wind-energy company, BayWa.

The German-based BayWa R.E. first began preliminary discussions back in June of 2018 about expanding its existing wind farm through portions of each of the three counties. The company submitted applications for possible tax abetments. Stonewall County officials had more on their minds than simply generating revenue, they wanted to create and assure opportunity.

“The whole reason for reinvestment zones and tax abatements is for economic advantages that we wouldn't otherwise have,” Moorhead had said to company reps, explaining how the company’s original wind farm — of which BayWa was working to expand — had not put a single Stonewall resident to work.

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