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 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. 

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. 

Submission Deadline

  • The deadline for all National Educator Scholarship applications is March 1st.

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.

Apply online at scholarship.aws.org


District Educators Scholarships

Below, you will find some essential information about District Educator Scholarships. 

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. 

Submission Deadline

  • The deadline for all National Educator Scholarship applications is March 1st.

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.

Apply online at scholarship.aws.org

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