section-named and district-named scholarship

section-named and district-named scholarship

Many AWS Sections have scholarships funded by local members, companies, and donors, designated for students in the Section. Scholarships range from $1,000-$3,000+. Each scholarship's eligibility requirements vary. For more information, please visit the section website.

Applications for 2024 Scholarships are Now Open

 

 

Important Dates
 December 1st Applications open. Apply online at scholarship.aws.org
 March 1st Deadline to apply for National, District, and Section Scholarships
 May-June Selections made for National and District Scholarships
 May-July Selections made for Section Scholarships

Submission Deadline

The deadline to apply for most Section-Named and District-Named Scholarships is March 1st, however some have other deadlines. 

Check back in December for the next application cycle.

  • FIND YOUR DISTRICT AND SECTION

    Visit the AWS Find a Section Page to determine the District and Section in which you reside. 

    Once you have determined your District, select your District below

  • DISTRICT 1
  • DISTRICT 2

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    Philadelphia Section Scholarship

    Al and Pat Fleury Scholarship (New Jersey Section)

    Long Island Section Scholarship 

    New York Section Scholarship

    District 2 Named Scholarships


    AWISCO Scholarship

    AWISCO has been New York’s leading welding and industrial supplier for over 65 years. AWISCO has welding supply stores throughout New York, New Jersey and Stamford, Connecticut, and delivers industrial gas, specialty gas, and welding supplies to construction sites and machine shops.

    This scholarship is for a student from New York or New Jersey in District 2 pursuing a welding-related associate or bachelor's degree. Priority will be given to students from these technical and vocational schools. Recipients may be eligible for a second-year award if they maintain a 3.0 GPA and remain in good standing.


    Keen Compressed Gas Scholarship

    Keen was founded in Wilmington Delaware in 1919 by Stanley Keen. Stanley started in a variety of businesses in the early years including food products and auto parts but finally settled into the welding supplies business in the 1930s and 1940s. In 1965 the business transitioned to the youngest of Stanley and Frances Keen’s 13 children as Merrill Keen became the company’s third president. Today, we are still family owned and operated with Merrill and Linda Keen’s three children Kim, Jon and Bryan leading the company.

    Our company was founded on taking care of our employees, our customers and our community. "Keen Service Counts" and "Total Customer Satisfaction" are two slogans that have carried us through the years and still hold true today. In 2019 we will be celebrating 100 years in business. Our business has grown and evolved over the years but we believe maintaining our core values has been and will continue to be the biggest reason for our success.

    Eligibility
    This scholarship is available to students residing in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania that attend Delaware Technical and Community College.


    PSEG Foundation Scholarship

    PSEG and its employees give back to the communities where they live and work through the PSEG Foundation. The PSEG Foundation’s mission is to provide support for sustainable neighborhoods, safety and STEM education. This scholarship is for welding students in AWS District 2.

  • DISTRICT 3

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    York-Lancaster Section Scholarships

    • Lancaster Scholarship
    • York Central-PA Scholarship
    • Claudia Bottenfield Memorial Scholarship

    Cumberland Valley Section - B.W. Bain and D.A. Nicholas Scholarship

    Lehigh Valley Section - Dr. Robert D. Stout Scholarship

    Reading Section Millennium Scholarship

    Washington DC Section - Robert W. Worden, Jr. Memorial Scholarship


    District 3 Named Scholarships


    Shirley Bollinger-District 3 Scholarship

    Shirley Bollinger received a Bachelor’s degree form York College in 1986 with a dual major in Marketing & Business Administration. It took Shirley 8 years of night school to fulfill her dream of a college degree. While pursuing her education at night, she also maintained a full-time job, and was the mother of 2 very active children.

    Shirley was employed full time from 1977 to 2000 with ESAB Welding & Cutting Products in Hanover, PA. She was a very active member on the York-Central Section in York, PA where she served in many different capacities, eventually as Chairman from 1988-1989. Shirley served on the AWS Board as a District 3 Director from 1990 to 1997. Eventually, Shirley reached her goal as the first woman President of the American Welding Society from 1998 to 1999. With this scholarship, District 3 hopes to encourage and help students to further their education in welding and to keep Shirley's legacy of secondary education alive.

    This scholarship is to pursue a minimum four-year Bachelor’s degree in welding engineering or welding engineering technology. 


    District 3 Scholarship (Baltimore)

    This scholarship was funded by the former Baltimore Section for students in the Baltimore area. 

  • DISTRICT 4

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    Charlotte Section Scholarship

    Tidewater Section Scholarship

    Triangle Section Scholarship


    District 4 Named Scholarships


    Arc3 Gases Scholarship

    Arc3 Gases is a multi-generation, family-owned and operated gas and welding supply company with 51 locations in Virginia, the Carolinas, and Georgia. Arc3 serves many industries ranging, from fabrication and manufacturing to research, health care, and food & beverage. 

    The Arc3 Gases Scholarship is for a student in a welding program in AWS District 4, preferably from Virginia or North Carolina.

    District 4 Scholarship

    District 4 has additional scholarship funds for students attending school, or residing within the boundaries of District 4. 

  • DISTRICT 5

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    Wayne J. Engeron, Sr. Scholarship (Atlanta Section)

    South Carolina Weld Strong Scholarship

    North Central Florida Scholarship

    South Florida Section Scholarships

    • H.D. Riviere Scholarship
    • David Pearl Sr. Scholarship


    District 5 Named Scholarships


    Malcolm T. Gilliland Scholarship

    To honor Malcolm T. Gilliland, founder of Malcolm T. Gilliland, Inc., a manufacturer of automatic, semi-automatic and robotic welding systems.


    Central Maintenance & Welding Scholarship

    Central Maintenance and Welding, Inc. was founded in 1966 by Hank Varnum and two other partners. Since that time, the Varnum family has owned the company and remained heavily involved in the day-to-day operations. Originally founded to serve Florida’s burgeoning phosphate industry, CMW has grown to also provide its specialized services to Florida’s power generation and other industries as well.

  • DISTRICT 6

    District 6 Named Scholarships


    Mike & Joan Krupnicki / Miller Electric Scholarship

    This scholarship is for a student residing within AWS District 6 attending or enrolled in the welding program at Arc+Flame / Monroe Community College (Monroe Corporate College) in Rochester, NY. Two $2,500 Scholarships will be awarded annually. The deadline for this scholarship is May 1.


    Bill Myers - Alleghany Section Scholarship

    This scholarship is sponsored by the former AWS Allegheny Section to honor AWS Past President, Bill Myers.


    Tyler Hohman Memorial Scholarship

    This scholarship fund is in memory of Tyler Hohman. Early on Tyler was unsure about his career path, but he was sure that he wanted to work with his hands. After many different jobs Tyler decided he would try welding. Arc+Flame Center was the perfect match for him and he was very excited when he had the opportunity to attend the Welding Program. The skills Tyler gained provided a solid foundation for his job at the Local 13 Plumber & Pipefitter union. This fund will provide an opportunity for young people to gain skilled trade training at the Rochester Arc+ Flame Center. We value the skilled trades and recognize the great careers and stability they provide. Tyler was so proud of his career and that it would allow him to take care of his family. With this fund, we would like to help provide that opportunity for others.

  • DISTRICT 7

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    Columbus Section Scholarship

    Dayton Section Scholarships

    • Les Vesey - Dayton Section Scholarship
    • Dayton Section Scholarship

    Pittsburgh Section Scholarship

    • David L. and Dolly McQuaid Scholarship
    • Pittsburgh Section Scholarship

    Tri-State Section Scholarships

    • Carlisle Smith Scholarship
    • Jeff Crocket Memorial Scholarship


    District 7 Named Scholarships


    Ed Cable/Bug-O - District 7 Scholarship

    This scholarship is sponsored by Bug-O Systems to honor Mr. Cable, and is for a student pursuing a certificate or degree in welding or a related field with an interest in welding automation or mechanization. The student must be full time with a minimum GPA of 3.0 and have an interest in welding automation or mechanization.


    Women of Gases and Welding - District 7 Scholarship

    Founded in November 2011, the Women of Gases & Welding (WGW) has a mission to enhance the success of women in the gases and welding industry through advocacy, recruitment, and professional development. Functioning as a committee within GAWDA (Gases and Welding Distributors Association), WGW designs professional development programming for women at national conferences and engages sponsors to support programming and scholarships for women.

  • DISTRICT 8

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    Chattanooga Section Scholarship

    Greater Huntsville Section Scholarships

    • Too Mitchell Memorial/NASA Friends & Family Scholarship
    • Too Mitchell Memorial Scholarship
    • Rayburn Johnson Scholarship
    • Greater Hunstville Section Scholarship

    Nashville Section Scholarship


    District 8 Named Scholarships


    nexAir LLC - Gary Enders Scholarship

    This scholarship was created to honor Gary’s 57-year career with nexAir. Gary has held many roles at nexAir over the course of his career including: Purchasing Agent, Territory Manager, Sales Manager and Area Manager. In his current role as Vice President of Advanced Welding Technologies, Gary has been a mentor and technical resource for end users and nexAir Territory Managers. Together with his team, he has been instrumental in training and promoting welding technologies while continuously looking for ways to improve processes. Gary’s career with nexAir has been impactful and instrumental in shaping the company’s success.

    The purpose of this scholarship is to promote welding education to a qualified student pursing a degree or certificate in welding. Priority is for a student at Moore Tech College of Technology in Memphis, Tennessee.

    Based in Memphis, Tennessee, nexAir is the leading supplier of compressed gases and welding hard goods in the southeastern United States. Founded in 1940, nexAir sells, packages, and distributes atmospheric gases, including medical, specialty and industrial gases. nexAir also sells related products, including welding equipment, welding supplies, safety supplies and dry ice.


    Jimmy Walker Sr./Saf-T-Cart Scholarship

    Dedicated to Jimmy Walker, Sr., founder of Saf-T-Cart in Clarksdale, MS, this scholarship is for a welding student in AWS District 8 with a preference for a student in welding at Coahoma Community College.


    District 8 Women of Gases & Welding Scholarship 

    Founded in November 2011, the Women of Gases & Welding (WGW) has a mission to enhance the success of women in the gases and welding industry through advocacy, recruitment, and professional development. Functioning as a committee within GAWDA (Gases and Welding Distributors Association), WGW designs professional development programming for women at national conferences and engages sponsors to support programming and scholarships for women.


    Nancy C. Cole Scholarship 

    Nancy Cole served as AWS President in 2013. Prior to forming her own company, NCC Engineering, Mrs. Cole was program manager and contract manager at Oak Ridge National Laboratories, where she was awarded three patents. At ABB Combustion Engineering, she developed welding electrodes, fluxes and flux-cored wires. She served as chair of the AWS Technical Activities Committee, Fellows Committee and C3 Brazing and Soldering Committee. She has received the AWS Honorary Member Award, the Dr. Rene Wasserman Award and the McKay-Helm Award and is an AWS Fellow.

    This scholarships is for a female student pursuing a Certificate, Associates or Bachelors in a welding or related program. There is a preference for a student from the Northeast Tennessee Section.

  • DISTRICT 9

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    Mobile Section Scholarships

    • Ronald C. & Joyce Pierce Scholarship
    • Mobile WESCO & Miller Electric Scholarship
    • Paul "Jerry" Betts Memorial Scholarship
    • Stephen F. Carlisle Scholarship
    • William H. Harrison, Jr. Scholarship
    • Eleanor Ezell Memorial Scholarship
    • Leo Veal Scholarship

    Baton Rouge Section Scholarships

    • O.J. Templet Scholarship
    • George & Glenda Fairbanks Scholarship
    • Baton Rouge Section Scholarship

    Acadiana Section Scholarships

    • Charles Lewis Jr. - Acadiana Section Scholarship
    • John Angers - Acadiana Section Scholarship
    • Les Bertrand Scholarship

    New Orleans Section Scholarships

    • Shelton L. Ritter Section Scholarship
    • Anthony J. DeMarco & Bruce Halilla Scholarship

    Central Louisiana Section Scholarships

    • HJ Greer Memorial Scholarship
    • James A. Hayes Sr. Memorial Scholarship

    Pascagoula Section Scholarship


    District 9 Named Scholarships


    Atlas Welding Supply Scholarship

    This scholarship is for a welding student in AWS District 9 with a minimum GPA of 2.5, with priority for a student in the Birmingham Section. Based in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Atlas Welding Supply has served customers for more than 65 years. 

  • DISTRICT 10

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    Cleveland Section Scholarships

    • Dr. John Gerken Scholarship
    • Lowbrow Customs - Cleveland Section Scholarship
  • DISTRICT 10

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    Detroit Section Scholarships

    • Detroit Section Scholarship
    • Amos & Marilyn Winsand Scholarship
    • Mardell D. Wilcox Scholarship
    • Robert P. and Mardell D. Wilcox Scholarship

    West Michigan Section Scholarships

    • Aim High - Jerry Clay Scholarship
    • West Michigan Scholarship #1
    • Dietrich and Betty Roth Scholarship
    • West Michigan Section Scholarship #2
    • James Koster Scholarship
    • RoMan Manufacturing Scholarship
    • Apex Controls - Bernie TeBos Scholarship

    Saginaw Valley Section Scholarship

    Central Michigan Section Scholarship

    Northwest Ohio Section Scholarship

    • Rod Belden - OE Meyer Co. Scholarship


    District 11 Named Scholarships


    Detroit Fred Ellicott Scholarship for Arc Welding

    This scholarship is sponsored by the AWS Detroit Section in honor of Fred Ellicott.


    Detroit Dietrich Roth Scholarship for Resistance Welding

    This scholarship is sponsored by the AWS Detroit Section in honor of Dietrich Roth.

  • DISTRICT 13

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    Madison-Beloit Section Scholarships

    • Welders Supply Co. Scholarship
    • Madison-Beloit Section Scholarship

    Fox Valley Section Scholarship

    Lakeshore Section - David J. Ramseur Scholarship

    Milwaukee Section Scholarship

  • DISTRICT 13

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    Peoria Section - Marie & Walter Polanin Family Scholarship

    Chicago Section Scholarships

    • James E. Greer Scholarship
    • Osceola Scholarship
    • Chicago Section Scholarship

    District 13 Scholarship

    District 13 has additional scholarship funds for students attending school, or residing within the boundaries of District 13. 

  • DISTRICT 14

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    St. Louis Section Scholarships 

    • Garner Kimbrell Scholarship
    • Pat Cody Memorial Scholarship
    • Hil Bax Scholarship

    Indiana Section Scholarships

    • Bob Richwine - Indiana Section Scholarship
    • Brant Family/Indiana Oxygen Scholarship

    Tri-River Section - Sky Cylinder Testing Scholarship

    Louisville Section - BAE Systems Scholarship

  • DISTRICT 15

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    Northwest Section Scholarships

    • Mace Harris Scholarship
    • Mike Hanson & Bob Sands Scholarship
    • Production Engineering/Mike Albers Scholarship
    • Nothwest Section Scholarship

    Northern Plains Section Scholarship


    District 15 Named Scholarship


    Lynnes Welding Training Scholarship

    These scholarships are sponsored by Lynnes Welding Training for students attending their school.

  • DISTRICT 16

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    Iowa Section Scholarships

    • David Landon Scholarship
    • Charles F. Burg Scholarship
    • Iowa Section Scholarships #1 and #2

    Kansas City Section Scholarships

    • Richard "Dick" Emmit Blaisdell Scholarship
    • Roland Edward "Buck" Emmert Scholarship
    • Brian "Bigfoot" McKee Welder Scholarship
    • Your Local Kansas City Section Scholarship

    Kansas Section 035 Scholarship

    Nebraska Section - Monty Rodgers Scholarship

    S.E. Nebraska Section - Pat Wagner Scholarship


    District 16 Named Scholarships


    Karl Fogleman - District 16 Scholarship

    This scholarship is named for District 16 Director Karl Fogleman.


    Central Nebraska Section Scholarship

    This scholarship was established by the former AWS Central Nebraska Section.


    Jesse and Valerie Grantham Scholarship

    This scholarship is named for Jesse and Valerie Grantham and has a preference for a student in the Oklahoma City Section.

  • DISTRICT 17

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    Central Arkansas Section Scholarships

    • John W. Bailey Memorial Scholarship
    • Stephen E. Harrison Memorial Scholarship
    • Thomas B. Schueck Memorial Scholarship

    East Texas Section - Lonestar - Blackgold Scholarship

    Ozark Section - James W. Gardner Scholarship

    Oklahoma City Section Scholarship

    Central Texas Section Scholarship

    Tulsa Section Scholarship

    North Texas Section - Timothy E. Hatten Memorial Certification Scholarship


    District 17 Named Scholarship


    Danielle Rivera Memorial - District 17 Scholarship

    Established in memory of Danielle Rivera, graduate of TSTC-Waco Welding Program. This scholarship will be awarded to a woman planning to attend a welding program with an emphasis on the hands-on practice of welding and metals joining. 

  • DISTRICT 18

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    Houston Section Scholarships

    • Dennis K. & Robin Eck Scholarship
    • Barney Burks Scholarship
    • Ronald S. Theiss Scholarship
    • Dr. Daryle Morgan Scholarship
    • American Boiler Manufacturing Scholarship
    • George Kampschafer Scholarship
    • Ron VanArsdale Scholarship
    • Houston Section Spirit of Welding Scholarship
    • John R. Bray Scholarship

    Morris Weeks Sabine Section Scholarship

  • DISTRICT 19

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    Alberta Section Scholarship

    Willamette Valley Section Scholarships

    • Don & Jean Cleveland Scholarship
    • Willamette Valley Section Scholarship

    Puget Sound Section - Chuck Daily Scholarship

    Portland Section Scholarship

    Delk, Goodrich, Weisman Alaska Section Scholarship


    District 19 Named Scholarship

    Jerry Hope Memorial Scholarship

    This scholarship is available to U.S. and Canadian citizens enrolled in a welding or welding-related education or training program within AWS District 19.

  • DISTRICT 20

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    Colorado Section Scholarships

    • Colorado Section Scholarship
    • Vectis Automation Scholarship

    Idaho/Montana Section Scholarships

    • Dale & Marolyn Mortensen Scholarship
    • Paul O'Leary Memorial Scholarship
    • Idaho/Montana Section Scholarship

    New Mexico Section Scholarships

    • Bauman Industrial Labs Scholarship
    • New Mexico Section #75 Scholarship #1 & #2

    Southern Colorado Section - Jack Dammann Scholarship

    Utah Section Scholarship

    Wyoming Section Scholarship

    District 20 Named Scholarships

    Clark Family Welding Engineering Scholarship

    Denis Clark is a welding engineer, “Ohio State MS-WE 1983” who spent his career in welding research at the Sandia and Idaho National Laboratories. He is a Professional Engineer and a Certified Welding Inspector. This annual award in honor of his family is meant for welding technical professionals completing four-year technical degrees contributing to the advancement of welding research and technology.

    Dalton Nolan Van Memorial Scholarship

    Dalton Van, recipient of the 2019 Miller® Weld-Mask™ Scholarship, passed away unexpectedly on June 13, 2020. Dalton was a talented welder with a passion for the trade. He attended Utah State University Eastern and earned a gold medal in the Utah SkillsUSA competition and took silver while representing Uintah Basin Technical College (UBTech) at Nationals.

    To honor Dalton, his hard work, and his dedication to the welding trade, Miller and the American Welding Society (AWS) will award a $1,000 scholarship each year between 2021-2025 to a student at Uintah Basin Technical College (UBTech) to support their welding education, carrying Dalton’s legacy forward in the future of welding. To qualify, a student must be full-time in a minimum 900 HR Certificate Program course of study with at least a 2.5 overall GPA.

    Norco & Miller Electric Scholarship

    The Norco & Miller Electric Scholarship was established by Norco and the Miller Electric Mfg. Co for a student enrolled in a welding program in Utah or Idaho, with a preference for students attending UB Tech.

    District 20 Women of Gases & Welding Scholarship 

    Founded in November 2011, the Women of Gases & Welding (WGW) has a mission to enhance the success of women in the gases and welding industry through advocacy, recruitment, and professional development. Functioning as a committee within GAWDA (Gases and Welding Distributors Association), WGW designs professional development programming for women at national conferences and engages sponsors to support programming and scholarships for women.

  • DISTRICT 21

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    Los Angeles/Inland Empire Section Scholarships

    • Gene Lawson and George Rolla Scholarship
    • Los Angeles/Inland Empire Section Scholarship

    Arizona Section Hall of Knowledge Scholarship

    San Fernando Valley Section Scholarship

    District 21 Named Scholarship

    Bob and Evelyn Schneider Scholarship

    This scholarship is available to students who reside in and plan to attend an academic institution within District 21. The student must be attending a two year course of study that will result in at least an Associate degree, or certificate in welding.

    Bob Doan Memorial Scholarship

    Bob Doan, otherwise known as “The Wizard “ had a passion for his trade. He was a success out of St. James Trade School in Springfield, IL in the mid-1950’s. He was a father figure to many over the years and took every opportunity to mentor as a family man and businessman. His greatest passion was mentoring young welders. His legacy includes owning Flange Wizard for 40 years (a leader in welding equipment) and earned him the nickname of “the Wizard '' based on the fact he patented over fifty tools for the welding industry. Bob Doan was a larger than life personality. If you knew him, you knew this to be true. At his core he lived the American dream, a man who came from a humble background, built a successful business but never lost sight of the important things in life: faith, family and friends. He was generous to a fault and downright unassuming and funny.

  • DISTRICT 22

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    Sacramento Valley Section Scholarships

    • Dale Flood - Sacramento Section Scholarship
    • Tri Tool Inc.-Sacramento Valley Sectio Scholarship
    • Sacramento District 22 Scholarship

    Santa Clara Section - Lou Defreitas Scholarship

    Central Valley Section Scholarship

    San Francisco Section Scholarships

    • San Francisco Section Scholarship

    District 22 Named Scholarships

    • Kerry Shatell Scholarship
    • Randy Emery Scholarship