BUILDING FOR THE FUTURE
BUILDING FOR THE FUTURE
Since 1993, the AWS Foundation has awarded over 12,000 scholarships, totaling more than $15 million. Receiving an AWS Foundation scholarship enables welding students to focus on their education and training while turning their passion for welding into a rewarding career.
setting new records
$2+ MILLION DOLLARS AWARDED
+1600 TOTAL SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED
Section and District Named Scholarships
Welder Training Scholarships
Educator Professional Development Scholarships
Miller® WorldSkills USA Scholarships
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a scholarship?A scholarship is a financial award given to a student to help cover the costs of their education. Scholarships can be based on various criteria, such as academic achievement, financial need, leadership, or special talents.
What types of scholarships are offered by the AWS Foundation?National, District, Section and Welder Training Scholarships are available for students pursuing education in welding or welding-related programs trade/technical schools, community colleges and universities. Your Academic Profile will determine the specific scholarships you are eligible for.
What can scholarships be used for?AWS Foundation Scholarships are for tuition, fees, books, supplies, or equipment required for the course of instruction. Scholarship awards will be payable and mailed directly to the academic or training institution.
Can students from other countries apply?Many scholarships are restricted to U.S. Citizens. The District Scholarship is available to students of any country but they must be enrolled in a U.S. school in order for the funds to be remitted to the school. The AWS Foundation offers an International Scholarship. More information can be found here.
Do I have to repay scholarships?No, scholarships are typically not loans, so you do not have to repay them. They are a form of gift aid designed to help students cover the costs of education without the burden of debt.
How is financial need determined?Financial need is determined based on the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) from your FAFSA Student Aid Report (SAR) and your cost of attendance. Some scholarships take financial need into consideration, but many AWS scholarships do not.
What is the deadline to apply?The deadline for National and District Scholarships is March 1st. Most Section Scholarship applications are due March 1, however some have later deadlines. The deadline for each scholarship will be indicated in the application.