Educator Scholarships

Educator Scholarships

Purpose
The general purpose of the Educator Scholarship is to provide assistance to current welding educators or individuals pursuing a career in welding education. There are two types of Educator Scholarships. The National Educator Scholarship is for students or educators who are currently in enrolled in a college or university. The District Educator Scholarship is for individuals employed at an educational institution. Applicants must be currently pursuing a welding degree or be currently enrolled in a professional development course.

Eligibility Overview
In order to be eligible for an Educator Scholarship, all applicants must meet the following general requirements*:

  • Applicants must be a minimum of eighteen years of age.
  • Applicants must possess a high school diploma or GED.
  • Applicants must be a current welding educator or pursuing a career in welding education.

*It’s important to note that financial need is not required to be eligible for an Educator Scholarship.


National Educators Scholarships

Below is some essential information about National Educator Scholarships. For more information about National Educator Scholarships, please read the Educator Scholarship application.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Applicants must be enrolled in a college or university with a degree program in the applicant’s area of study.
  • Applicants must have maintained a minimum 2.5 GPA in degree program courses.
  • Applicants must be pursuing an AS, AAS, BS, MS, or PhD degree in an area related to Welding or Education related to welding. For specific examples, please read the Educator Scholarship application.

Submission Deadline

  • The deadline for all National Educator Scholarship applications is March 1st.
  • More specifically, all applications must be postmarked March 1st (or earlier) if you want your application to be considered for the following fall term.

Application Essentials
If you would like to be considered for a National Educator Scholarship, the following documents must be submitted along with your completed application.

  • AWS Scholarship Application
  • AWS Verification of Enrollment
  • Two letters of reference
  • Personal statement that includes:
    • General background information
    • How the degree will help the applicant be a better welding instructor
    • Education and career objectives
    • Demonstrated welding experience
    • Demonstrated teaching experience
    • Participation in class, campus and outside organizations
    • Participation in AWS Student and Section activities
    • Participation in AWS Technical or Education Committee activities
  • Written plan, schedule, and budget for degree path
  • Official transcripts from current and past schools, including course information on welding-related or education related emphasis

Selection

  • Selections will be managed by the Education Scholarship Committee using the standard selection process.

Awards

  • No award will be paid to the recipient. All awards will be paid directly to the recipient’s academic institution on their behalf.
  • Scholarship funds may be used to pay tuition, educational fees (computer, copying and printing fees) and supplies (books, computer hardware and computer software).
  • Scholarship funds may not be used for travel or housing fees.
  • Recipients can reapply; however, no recipient may receive the specific award (National or District) more than twice.
  • Recipients may receive both National and District Educators Scholarships in the same year.
  • Scholarship funds may be used for ‘live’ (in person) or ‘virtual’ courses.
  • Award amounts: Lipphardt $3,500; Kielhorn $2,500; Turner $2,500.


District Educators Scholarships

Below, you will find some essential information about District Educator Scholarships. For more information, please read the Educator Scholarship application.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Applicants may use funds for professional development courses.
  • Applicant must be employed at an educational institution within the boundaries of the pertinent AWS District in which they apply.
  • Preference will be given to applicants pursuing an AS, AAS, BS, MS, or PhD degree in an area related to welding or Education related to welding. For specific examples, please read the Educators Scholarship application.

Submission Deadline

  • The deadline for all National Educator Scholarship applications is March 1st.
  • More specifically, all applications must be postmarked March 1st (or earlier) if you want your application to be considered for the following fall term.

Application Process

  • AWS Scholarship Application
  • AWS Verification of Enrollment
  • Two letters of reference
  • Personal statement that includes:
    • General background information
    • How the degree or course will help the applicant be a better welding instructor
    • Education and career objectives
    • Demonstrated welding experience
    • Demonstrated teaching experience
    • Participation in class, campus and outside organizations
    • Participation in AWS Student and Section activities
    • Participation in AWS Technical or Education Committee activities
  • For applicants seeking funding to complete a degree or short course:
    • Official transcripts from current and past schools including course information on welding-related or education-related emphasis
    • Plan, schedule and budget for degree path or professional development course

Selection

  • Selection will be managed by the District Director using the standard selection process.

Awards

  • No award will be paid to the recipient. All awards will be paid directly to the recipient’s academic institution, or to the entity offering the pertinent short course on their behalf.
  • Scholarship funds may be used to pay tuition, educational fees (computer, copying and printing fees) and supplies (books, computer hardware and computer software).
  • Scholarship funds may not be used for travel or housing fees.
  • Recipients can reapply, however, no recipient may receive the specific award (National or District) more than twice.
  • Recipients may receive both National and District Educators Scholarships in the same year.
  • Scholarship funds may be used for ‘live’ (in person) or ‘virtual’ courses.
  • Each District has $750 to award each year.

Questions
If you have questions about the National or District Educators Scholarship, please contact the AWS Foundation.

Click here for more information about National and District Educator Scholarships or to view the application.