John Deere Scholarship

John Deere Scholarship

John Deere (Deere & Company - NYSE:DE), a Fortune 500 company, is making use of the latest technological breakthroughs to produce exceptional equipment and provide first-class customer service. Since 1837, John Deere has seen a great many changes in its business, its products, and its services. Change always comes with opportunity, and Deere has always been ready and willing to embrace it. Yet, through it all, John Deere is still dedicated to those who are linked to the land – farmers and ranchers, landowners, builders. Deere has never outgrown, nor forgotten, its founder's original core values: integrity, quality, commitment and innovation. Those values determine the way we work, the quality we offer, and the unsurpassed treatment you get as a customer, investor, and employee. 

John Deere is a global manufacturer of agricultural, construction, forestry and lawn equipment, including locations throughout the Midwest.  John Deere values Weld Engineering as a key competency to our success.  Our business growth is achieved through an innovative and talented workforce.  Our Weld Engineers work in areas of Manufacturing, Fabrication, Tool Design or Weld Design. As a scholarship winner you will be strongly considered for a Summer Internship with John Deere. 


To promote Weld Engineering as a field of study and career, support the diversity of Weld Engineering graduates, and promote John Deere as an excellent employer of Weld Engineers.


The John Deere Scholarship will be awarded to one Midwest US student, and one diverse Midwest US student in a Weld Engineering or Weld Engineering Technology program.

  1. Applicant must be a minimum of eighteen years of age.
  2. Applicant must have a minimum high school diploma.
  3. Applicant must have a 3.0 overall grade point average, minimum.
  4. Applicant must provide 2 letters of reference; see below.
  5. Student must be enrolled full time.
  6. Proof of financial need is not required to qualify.
  7. Applicant must submit all required application information.
  8. Applicant must be a citizen of the United States and attending a Weld Engineering or Weld Engineering Technology (4 year degree) program, or a mechanical or manufacturing engineering program with weld emphasis.
  9. Scholarship 1 ($2,500) will be available to a student from the states (attended High School or permanent address) of Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, Wisconsin, or Missouri.
  10. Scholarship 2 ($2,500) will be available to a female or minority student, with preference to students from the states (attended High School or permanent address) of Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Missouri, Nebraska, Kansas, North Dakota or South Dakota.
  11. Applicant must have completed a minimum of one semester of academic study in their welding program, and be in good standing in the current semester.
  12. John Deere Scholarship recipients are not eligible to re-apply in subsequent years.
  13. Applicant must be working toward an undergraduate degree as a sophomore, junior, or senior, and not pursuing a master’s degree.


The recipient will be chosen by a Selection Committee comprised of at least five (5) members from the Education Scholarship Committee.  John Deere has the option of having a representative participate on the Selection Committee, and the John Deere Scholarship recipient.


The 2 yearly awards are $2500.00 each.  No awards will be paid to the recipient.  All awards are for tuition and fees only, and will be paid directly to the academic institution by the AWS Foundation.

Application Information Procedure

Applicant must submit the following:

  1. Scholarship Application

  2. Two letters of reference only, documenting ambitions, goals, leadership, and any other factors the reference giver may provide to assist the committee in judging your eligibility.

  3. Personal Statement demonstrating the following;

    • Personal objectives and values
    • Career Objectives Include in your personal statement ‘Why do you want to pursue a career in welding?’
    • Participation and leadership in campus and outside organizations
    • Participation in AWS Student and Section activities
    • General Background information
  4. Original Official Transcript(s) sent directly from the college or university.

  5. Statement of Unmet Financial Need completed by an accredited academic institution even if no FAFSA was filed.

  6. Verification of Enrollment completed by college or university.

  7. If selected for the John Deere Scholarship, you may be given the opportunity to interview for an internship with John Deere.