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The AWS Foundation will award more than $1.5 million in scholarships in 2020!

If you are currently enrolled, or will soon enroll, in a welding program or a related field, then consider applying for our scholarships. Scholarships are available for students attending trade schools, community colleges, and four-year universities. An AWS Foundation scholarship can be the extra push that helps you fulfill your goals!

AWS Foundation Scholarships are for tuition, fees, books, supplies, or equipment required for the course of instruction. Scholarship awards will be sent directly to the academic or training institution.

National, District, and Section Scholarships

Important Dates

December 1st

Applications open for 2021-22 Scholarships
Apply online at scholarship.aws.org

March 1st

Deadline to apply for National, District, and Section Scholarships


Selections made for National and District Scholarships 


Selections made for Section Scholarships

National Scholarships
More than 60 donor-funded scholarships, totaling over $200,000, are available for students pursuing a bachelor’s or associate degree in welding or a related discipline. Scholarships range from $2,000-$6,000+. Applicants are required to submit two references and official transcripts.

View additional information about individual National Scholarships offered

District Scholarships
A minimum of $10,000 is available in each of AWS's 22 Districts for students pursuing a degree or certificate in a welding or welding-related program.  Scholarships typically range from $1,000 to $2,500+.

Additional information about District Scholarships including application deadlines

Section and District Named Scholarships
Many AWS Sections have scholarships funded by local members, companies, and donors, designated for students in the Section.  Scholarships range from $1,000-$3,000+.

Eligibility, application process, and deadlines vary for some Section Scholarships. Please check your local AWS Section website for additional information related to local scholarships.  To find your section, visit www.aws.org/sections.

Learn more about AWS Section Scholarships.

Welder Training Scholarships
The AWS Welder Training Scholarship is for students seeking training to become a welder in a program less than two years in length at a trade school, community college, or other facility providing welder training.

In 2020, each AWS District has up to twenty (20) $1,000 scholarships to award. Revised May 27, 2020.

Applications are accepted January-November and selections are made on a rolling basis until the District awards the designated funds for the year.  The current application cycle is open to students attending school or training prior to May 2021.

View additional information about the Welder Training Scholarship, along with the application

Educator Scholarships
Educator Scholarships are for current welding educators to pursue continuing education or professional development.

Deadline to apply is April 1.  

View additional information about the National and District Educator Scholarships

International Scholarship
International Scholarships are awarded to full-time international students pursuing undergraduate or graduate studies in joining sciences.  Applicants can be matriculating in accredited joining science programs at an institution located anywhere in the world.

View additional information about International Scholarships, including application deadlines

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