National Scholarships

National Scholarships

Applications for 2023-24 National, District, and Section Scholarships are closed.

Check back December 1st to apply.


Important Dates

December 1st

Applications open for 2023-24 Scholarships
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March 1st

Deadline to apply for National, District, and Section Scholarships


Selections made for National and District Scholarships 


Selections made for Section Scholarships

More than 130 donor-funded scholarships, totaling over $600,000, are available for students pursuing a bachelor’s or associate degree in welding or a related discipline. Scholarships range from $2,500-$7,000+. Applicants are required to submit two references and official transcripts.

Eligibility Overview
These are some general requirements to keep in mind when applying for National Scholarships:

  • Two letters of recommendations are required.
  • Applicant must have an official transcript set my email or mail directly from the school or third-party transcript provider.
  • Some National Scholarships require demonstrated financial need, which means the cost of attendance exceeds the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) as found on the FAFSA Student Aid Report (SAR).  The SAR must be submitted in addition to cost of attendance documentation to be eligible for these scholarships.
  • Some scholarships require or have a preference for applicants to be a member of AWS. To apply for an AWS student membership, please visit the Student Membership page.
  • Students who are currently enrolled in vocational schools, technical colleges, community colleges, or universities should apply if they meet the needed criteria.

Eligibility Requirements
Each individual scholarship has its own criteria. Please refer scholarship descriptions in the National Scholarships Table for more information.

Submission Deadline
The deadline to apply for all National Scholarships is March 1st for the following fall term.

Application Process
To fill out an application for a National Scholarship, please use the Scholarship Application System.

The recipient will be chosen by the AWS Foundation Education Scholarship Committee.

Each of the national scholarships are worth a minimum of $2,500 annually . No awards will be paid to the recipient. All awards are for tuition and books only, and will be paid directly to the academic institution by the AWS Foundation.

 AWS Foundation National Scholarships

Air Products Women of Gases & Welding Scholarship
Airgas - Jerry Baker Scholarship
Airgas - Terry Jarvis Scholarship
Anthony T. D'Annessa Memorial Scholarship
Arsham Amirikian Eng. Scholarship
Art Kleppen Family - CK Worldwide Scholarship
AWS Board of Directors Scholarship
AWS Foundation Donor Scholarship
AWS Past Presidents Scholarship
Barbara & Richard Couch Hypertherm Scholarship
Bechtel Group Foundation Scholarship
Carey & Melissa Chen Scholarship
Carl Peters Scholarship
D. Fred & Marian L. Bovie Scholarship
D. Fred & Marian L. Bovie Technical Scholarship
David Landon Memorial Scholarship
Don & Shirley Hastings Scholarship
Donald F. Hastings Scholarship
Donald J. Beneteau Scholarship
Edward J. Brady Memorial Scholarship
Elizabeth Fray Women in Welding Scholarship
ESAB Scholarship
Glenn W. Oyler Memorial Technical Scholarship
Harvey & Linda Castner Scholarship
Hobart Institute of Welding Technology Scholarship
Howard E. & Wilma J Adkins Memorial Scholarship
Jack & Jo Dammann Scholarship
Jack & Jo Dammann Technical Scholarship
Jack R. Barckhoff Welding Management Scholarship
James A. Turner Memorial Scholarship

John C. Lincoln Memorial Scholarship
John Deere Scholarship
John F. Hinrichs Memorial Scholarship
John M. Stropki Scholarship
Karen M. Gilgenbach Scholarship
Lynn Showalter Scholarship
Matsuo Bridge Company Ltd. Of Japan Scholarship
Michael S. Mintun Scholarship
Miller Electric Scholarship
Nancy & Barry Carlson Scholarship
OKI Bering/Dillhoff Family Scholarship
Peter McCausland-Airgas Scholarship
Praxair Intl Scholarship
Ray & Sandy Shook Scholarship
Richard J. Seif Technical Sales & Marketing Scholarship
Robert G. & Annette H. Pali Scholarship
Robert L. Peaslee Brazing Scholarship
Robert W. White, Sr. Scholarship
Ron Pierce Memorial Scholarship
Ron Whitman Scholarship
RWMA Scholarship
Samuel Gentry Scholarship
Tony Ferguson Memorial Scholarship
Victor Technologies Award for Excellence in Welding Scholarship
Victor Technologies Cutting and Welding Scholarship
Weldsale-Cunningham Scholarship
William A. & Ann M. Brothers Scholarship
William A. Rice Family, Women in Welding Scholarship
William B. Howell Memorial Scholarship

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