The AWS Foundation is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization. It supports programs to ensure the growth and development of the welding industry through research and educational opportunities. Our industry depends upon education that prepares the next generation to meet the challenges ahead.

The Foundation is led by a volunteer Board of Trustees with all administrative tasks (program development, fundraising, public relations, marketing and financial management) provided by a small development staff of the American Welding Society.

Every year, the AWS Foundation awards over $1,000,000 to students and industry professionals who want to pursue their aspirations. The AWS Foundation’s scholarship program would not be possible without the donations it receives every year. With over 50 scholarships to support, your generous contribution is sure to help a student or professional continue on the path to success!

Support Our Mission
The AWS Foundation would not be able to support the welding industry without contributions from its benefactors. The annual support we receive allows us to focus on helping those who need it the most. The students, industry professionals, and other people who benefit from our support are able to make their dreams a reality.

The scholarships offered through the AWS Foundation allow students and professionals to focus on earning a quality education that will last a lifetime. With over 100 scholarships to apply for, applicants will have the opportunity to fund their education, and get one step closer to achieving their academic goals.

Workforce Development
Whether you’re a student, a recent graduate, or an industry professional with several years of experience, the AWS Foundation is here to help you succeed. Our resources will help you pick the right welding program or learn about the best jobs in the industry. Are you looking to spruce up your resume? Perhaps you’re an employer looking to fill a position. Whatever your needs are, our resources are sure to get you on the right track.

AWS Careers in Welding Trailer
Since its first year in 2011, the AWS Careers in Welding Trailer has sparked people’s interest about the welding industry. This 53-foot mobile welding exhibit provides visitors with a memorable interactive experience. From the virtual welders to the art sculptures and welding coupons, the trailer’s many exhibits are sure to entice people to learn more about the welding industry and its impact on our world.

Career Resources
The AWS Foundation’s DVDs, magazines and other materials help to promote the industry’s growth and stability. Our resources provide essential information about career development to students, teachers, and professionals. If you want to learn more about why welding is an in-demand career, these resources are a great place to start.

D. Fred Bovie Library and Museum
The D. Fred Bovie Library and Museum is the American Welding Society’s premiere location for welding history and memorabilia. The library’s shelves and counter tops are lined with books and artifacts that date back as early as 1919. With so many items in this collection, it’s obvious that the welding industry has a significant impact on our country and the world.

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