Samuel Gentry Scholarship
During the ten years Samuel Gentry served as Executive Director of the AWS Foundation, Foundation assets flourished from $5.9 million to more than $65 million. He significantly grew the Foundation scholarship program and expanded scholarship funding to include welders as well as secondary and post-secondary school attendees. Sam was also instrumental in creating the AWS Careers in Welding Trailer, which travels around North America to attract people to the welding profession by providing a virtual welding experience.
Originally from Alabama, Sam was an Auburn University graduate. He started his career in the banking industry, serving Capital Bank and Colonial BancGroup in Miami, FL. A respected leader in the Miami community, Sam also served as executive director of the Miami-Dade College Foundation for five years.
The Samuel Gentry Scholarship will be dedicated to women who would like to have a career in the welding industry, and who will attend a two-year program to learn the trade.
Apply online at scholarship.aws.org.
Become a Skilled Tradeperson
The demand for most trades is strong and getting stronger. The U.S. Department of Labor forecasts healthy growth in the neighborhood of 8 to 9 percent over the next decade. Jobs associated with building and rebuilding roads, bridges, water, and the power grid are expected to grow by double-digit percentages–faster than the overall economy.