The AWS Foundation awards over $1 million annually to help students achieve their dreams through education. If you are currently enrolled 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. Regardless of who you are, where you’re from, or what you aspire to be, receiving 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.
Welder Training Scholarships
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The AWS Welder Training Scholarship is for students seeking training to become a welder in a program up to two years in length at a trade school, community college, or other facility providing welder training.
In 2019, each AWS District has twenty-five (25) $1,000 scholarships to award.
Applications are accepted year-round 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 2020.
National, District, and Section Scholarships
The deadline to apply for National, District, and Section Scholarships was March 1. Check back in December 2019 for the next application cycle.
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.
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+.
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.
The deadline to apply for Educator Scholarships was April 1. Check back in January 2020 for the next application cycle.
Educator Scholarships are awarded to current welding educators or individuals pursuing a career in welding education. National Level scholarships require applicants be enrolled in a college or university and be pursuing an AS, AAS, BS, MS, or PhD degree in an area related to welding.
District Level scholarship funds may be used for professional development courses or to pursue an advanced degree.Deadline to apply is April 1 at scholarship.aws.org for National and District Educator Scholarships.
The deadline to apply for International Scholarship was April 1. Check back in January 2020 for the next application cycle.
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.
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