National Scholarships are a crucial component of a country's commitment to promoting education and providing opportunities for its citizens to excel academically. These scholarships are designed to recognize and support outstanding students, enabling them to pursue their educational goals and contribute to the development of their nation.

Applications for national, district, and section scholarships are closed 

Important Dates
 December 1st Applications open. Apply online at
 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


More than 130 donor-funded scholarships, totaling over $600,000, are available for students pursuing a bachelor’s or associate degree in welding or a related discipline. Scholarships range from $2,500-$7,000+. Applicants are required to submit two references and official transcripts.

Eligibility Overview

These are some general requirements to keep in mind when applying for National Scholarships:

  • Two letters of recommendations are required.
  • Applicant must have an official transcript set my email or mail directly from the school or third-party transcript provider.
  • Some National Scholarships require demonstrated financial need, which means the cost of attendance exceeds the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) as found on the FAFSA Student Aid Report (SAR). The SAR must be submitted in addition to cost of attendance documentation to be eligible for these scholarships.
  • Some scholarships require or have a preference for applicants to be a member of AWS. To apply for an AWS student membership, please visit the Student Membership page.
  • Students who are currently enrolled in vocational schools, technical colleges, community colleges, or universities should apply if they meet the needed criteria.

Eligibility Requirements

Each individual scholarship has its own criteria. The Scholarship Application System will utilize your Academic Profile to assess your eligibility for all available scholarships.

Submission Deadline

The deadline to apply for all National Scholarships is March 1st for the following fall term.

Application Process

To fill out an application for a National Scholarship, please use the Scholarship Application System.


The recipient will be chosen by the AWS Foundation Education Scholarship Committee.


Each of the national scholarships are worth a minimum of $2,500 annually. No awards will be paid to the recipient. All awards are for tuition and books only, and will be paid directly to the academic institution by the AWS Foundation.

AWS Foundation National Scholarships

  • Air Products Women of Gases & Welding Scholarship
  • Airgas - Jerry Baker Scholarship
  • Airgas - Terry Jarvis Scholarship
  • Anthony T. D'Annessa Memorial Scholarship
  • Arsham Amirikian Eng. Scholarship
  • Art Kleppen Family - CK Worldwide Scholarship
  • AWS Board of Directors Scholarship
  • AWS Foundation Donor Scholarship
  • AWS Past Presidents Scholarship
  • Barbara & Richard Couch Hypertherm Scholarship
  • Bechtel Group Foundation Scholarship
  • Carey & Melissa Chen Scholarship
  • Carl Peters Scholarship
  • Charles Francis Memorial Scholarship
  • D. Fred & Marian L. Bovie Scholarship
  • D. Fred & Marian L. Bovie Technical Scholarship
  • David Landon Memorial Scholarship
  • Don & Shirley Hastings Scholarship
  • Donald F. Hastings Scholarship
  • Donald J. Beneteau Scholarship
  • Edward J. Brady Memorial Scholarship
  • Elizabeth Fray Women in Welding Scholarship
  • ESAB Scholarship
  • Glenn W. Oyler Memorial Technical Scholarship
  • Harvey & Linda Castner Scholarship
  • Hobart Institute of Welding Technology Scholarship
  • Howard E. & Wilma J Adkins Memorial Scholarship
  • Jack & Jo Dammann Scholarship
  • Jack & Jo Dammann Technical Scholarship
  • Jack R. Barckhoff Welding Management Scholarship
  • James A. Turner Memorial Scholarship
  • John C. Lincoln Memorial Scholarship
  • John Deere Scholarship
  • John F. Hinrichs Memorial Scholarship
  • John M. Stropki Scholarship
  • Karen M. Gilgenbach Scholarship
  • Lynn Showalter Scholarship
  • Matsuo Bridge Company Ltd. Of Japan Scholarship
  • Michael S. Mintun Scholarship
  • Miller Electric Scholarship
  • Nancy & Barry Carlson Scholarship
  • OKI Bering/Dillhoff Family Scholarship
  • Peter McCausland-Airgas Scholarship
  • Praxair Intl Scholarship
  • Ray & Sandy Shook Scholarship
  • Richard J. Seif Technical Sales & Marketing Scholarship
  • Robert G. & Annette H. Pali Scholarship
  • Robert L. Peaslee Brazing Scholarship
  • Robert W. White, Sr. Scholarship
  • Ron Pierce Memorial Scholarship
  • Ron Whitman Scholarship
  • RWMA Scholarship
  • Samuel Gentry Scholarship
  • Tony Ferguson Memorial Scholarship
  • Victor Technologies Award for Excellence in Welding Scholarship
  • Victor Technologies Cutting and Welding Scholarship
  • Weldsale-Cunningham Scholarship
  • William A. & Ann M. Brothers Scholarship
  • William A. Rice Family, Women in Welding Scholarship
  • William B. Howell Memorial Scholarship


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