The American Welding Society Foundation is here to help current welding educators improve their knowledge and training skills with scholarships for continuing education or professional development.
The AWS Foundation offers four National Educator Scholarships, ranging from $2,500 - $4,500.
Additionally, each AWS District has an award pool of $2,000, and scholarships may range from $500 to $2,000.
Deadline to apply was April 1st. Check back in February 2021 for the next application cycle.
Eligibility and Application Process
- Applicants must be current, full-time or part-time welding educators.
- Applicants must be an educator at a public or private organization that’s primary purpose is education and training.
- Applicants must be pursuing continuing education or professional development that is required for continued employment or is meant to improve education or training skills to significantly impact student success and outcomes.
- Scholarship funds may be used for in-person or online courses.
The application includes the following:
- Applicant and Educational Institution Information
- General Background Statement, including teaching experience, industry experience, career objectives, and involvement in AWS, student organizations, and local community
- Name, description, and provider of continuing education or professional development
- Impact on student success and outcomes
- Letter of Recommendation (Required for National Educator Scholarships)
National Educator Scholarships
- Earl C. Lipphardt Educator Scholarship - $4,500
- Jackson Safety Educator Scholarship - $3,000 (Applicant’s school must graduate 50 or more students annually)
- Tim Turner Educator Scholarship - $2,500
- William Kielhorn Educator Scholarship - $2,500
For National Educator Scholarships, preference will be given to applicants pursuing an AS, AAS, BS, MS, or PhD degree.
District Educator Scholarships
- Each of AWS’s 22 Districts has an award pool of $2,000
- Scholarships may range from $500 to $2,000
The District is determined by the location of the school or campus. To see which District your school is in, view the AWS District and Section Map here.
Selection and Awards
- Selections for National Educator Scholarships are made by the AWS Foundation Education Scholarship Committee in May or June.
- Selections for District Educator Scholarships are made at District Conferences, which take place April through June.
- No award will be paid to the recipient. All awards will be paid directly to the institution or organization providing the continuing education or professional development.
- Scholarship funds may be used to pay tuition, fees, books, supplies, or equipment required for the course of instruction.
- 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.
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