Since 1991, the AWS Foundation has awarded over $7 million to help students achieve their dreams through education. AWS Foundation scholarships help students with their financial obligations; they help to cover a variety of school expenses such as tuition and fees, books and other supplies.

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.

Scholarship Currently Open:

Welder Training Scholarship
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 2018, each AWS District has twenty (20) $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 2019.

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

The following scholarships open in December 2018.  Please check back for more information. 

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

Access the Online Application System here

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

Additional information about District Scholarships including application deadlines

Access the Online Application System here

District-Named and Section-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

Learn more about AWS Section Scholarships.

International Scholarships
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

Access the Online Application System here

Educator Scholarships
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. However, preference will be given to those applicants pursuing their AS, AAS, BS, MS, or PhD degree in an area related to welding.  Applicants must attend an educational institution within the boundaries of the pertinent AWS District in which they apply.

View additional information about the National and District level Educator Scholarships

Contact the  AWS Foundation

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