The World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO) marked the 25th year of its creation today by establishing £2,500 scholarships for four students aged 25 and under who are pursuing post-secondary degrees in nuclear power generation.
"As we look back with pride at our first quarter century as the global leaders of nuclear safety, it's just as important to look ahead to the next generation of nuclear professionals," said Ken Ellis, WANO's Managing Director. "WANO is all about continuous improvement and establishing these scholarships is one way of encouraging our industry's future leaders."
Interested students will be asked to submit their biography and a 250-word essay on the importance of making safety their top priority while pursuing a career in nuclear energy. An online submission form will be added to the WANO public website in September 2014 and essays will be accepted until Dec. 31, 2014. All submissions will be judged by members of WANO's Executive Leadership Team.
In addition to the scholarships, the four winners will also be WANO's special guests at its 2015 Biennial General Meeting in Toronto, where the world's top nuclear executives will gather to reaffirm their commitment to WANO and its mission.
Formed in 1989 following the Chernobyl accident, WANO cuts across political barriers and interests to unite every company and country in the world with an operating commercial nuclear power plant to achieve the highest possible standards of nuclear safety.
Based in London with a branch office in Hong Kong and regional centres in Atlanta, Moscow, Paris and Tokyo, WANO has more than 130 members who work together to assess, benchmark and improve performance through mutual support, information exchange and emulation of best practices.