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Section-Named and District-Named Scholarships

Section-Named and District-Named 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

May-June

Selections made for National and District Scholarships 

May-September

Selections made for Section 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+.  Each scholarship's eligibility requirements vary. For more information, please visit the section website.

Submission Deadline
The deadline to apply for most Section-Named and District-Named Scholarships is March 1st, however some have other deadlines. 

Check back in December for the next application cycle.

Find Your District and Section

Foundation Section Map

Visit the AWS Find a Section Page to determine the District and Section in which you reside. 

Once you have determined your District, select your District below.

District 1

District 2

Click the links to visit the Section webpage. 

Al and Pat Fleury Scholarship (New Jersey Section)

Long Island Section Scholarship 

New York Section Scholarship


District 2 Named Scholarships

AWISCO Scholarship

AWISCO has been New York’s leading welding and industrial supplier for over 65 years. AWISCO has welding supply stores throughout New York, New Jersey and Stamford, Connecticut, and delivers industrial gas, specialty gas, and welding supplies to construction sites and machine shops.

This scholarship is for a student from New York or New Jersey in District 2 pursuing a welding-related associate or bachelor's degree.  Priority will be given to students from these technical and vocational schools.  Recipients may be eligible for a second-year award if they maintain a 3.0 GPA and remain in good standing.

Keen Compressed Gas Scholarship

Keen was founded in Wilmington Delaware in 1919 by Stanley Keen. Stanley started in a variety of businesses in the early years including food products and auto parts but finally settled into the welding supplies business in the 1930s and 1940s. In 1965 the business transitioned to the youngest of Stanley and Frances Keen’s 13 children as Merrill Keen became the company’s third president. Today, we are still family owned and operated with Merrill and Linda Keen’s three children Kim, Jon and Bryan leading the company.

Our company was founded on taking care of our employees, our customers and our community. "Keen Service Counts" and "Total Customer Satisfaction" are two slogans that have carried us through the years and still hold true today. In 2019 we will be celebrating 100 years in business. Our business has grown and evolved over the years but we believe maintaining our core values has been and will continue to be the biggest reason for our success.

Eligibility
This scholarship is available to students residing in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania that attend Delaware Technical and Community College.

District 3

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York-Lancaster Section Scholarships

  • Lancaster Scholarship
  • York Central-PA Scholarship
  • Claudia Bottenfield Memorial Scholarship

Cumberland Valley Section - B.W. Bain and D.A. Nicholas Scholarship

Lehigh Valley Section - Dr. Robert D. Stout Scholarship

Reading Section Millennium Scholarship

Washington DC Section - Robert W. Worden, Jr. Memorial Scholarship
 


District 3 Named Scholarships

Shirley Bollinger-District 3 Scholarship

Shirley Bollinger received a Bachelor’s degree form York College in 1986 with a dual major in Marketing & Business Administration. It took Shirley 8 years of night school to fulfill her dream of a college degree. While pursuing her education at night, she also maintained a full-time job, and was the mother of 2 very active children.

Shirley was employed full time from 1977 to 2000 with ESAB Welding & Cutting Products in Hanover, PA. She was a very active member on the York-Central Section in York, PA where she served in many different capacities, eventually as Chairman from 1988-1989. Shirley served on the AWS Board as a District 3 Director from 1990 to 1997. Eventually, Shirley reached her goal as the first woman President of the American Welding Society from 1998 to 1999. With this scholarship, District 3 hopes to encourage and help students to further their education in welding and to keep Shirley's legacy of secondary education alive.

This scholarship is to pursue a minimum four-year Bachelor’s degree in welding engineering or welding engineering technology. 

District 3 Scholarship (Baltimore)

This scholarship was funded by the former Baltimore Section for students in the Baltimore area. 

District 4

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Charlotte Section Scholarship

Tidewater Section Scholarship

Triangle Section Scholarship


District 4 Named Scholarships

Arc3 Gases Scholarship

Arc3 Gases is a multi-generation, family-owned and operated gas and welding supply company with 51 locations in Virginia, the Carolinas, and Georgia. Arc3 serves many industries ranging, from fabrication and manufacturing to research, health care, and food & beverage. 

The Arc3 Gases Scholarship is for a student in a welding program in AWS District 4, preferably from Virginia or North Carolina.

District 4 Scholarship

District 4 has additional scholarship funds for students attending school, or residing within the boundaries of District 4. 

District 5

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Atlanta Section Scholarship

South Carolina Weld Strong Scholarship

North Central Florida Scholarship

South Florida Section Scholarships

  • H.D. Riviere Scholarship
  • David Pearl Sr. Scholarship

District 5 Named Scholarships

Malcolm T. Gilliland Scholarship

To honor Malcolm T. Gilliland, founder of Malcolm T. Gilliland, Inc., a manufacturer of automatic, semi-automatic and robotic welding systems.
 

District 6

District 6 Named Scholarships

Mike & Joan Krupnicki / Miller Electric Scholarship

This scholarship is for a student residing within AWS District 6 attending or enrolled in the welding program at Arc+Flame / Monroe Community College (Monroe Corporate College) in Rochester, NY. Two $2,500 Scholarships will be awarded annually.  The deadline for this scholarship is May 1.

Bill Myers - Alleghany Section Scholarship

This scholarship is sponsored by the former AWS Allegheny Section to honor AWS Past President, Bill Myers.  

District 7

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Columbus Section Scholarship

Dayton Section Scholarships

  • Les Vesey - Dayton Section Scholarship
  • Dayton Section Scholarship

Pittsburgh Section Scholarship

  • David L. and Dolly McQuaid Scholarship
  • Pittsburgh Section Scholarship

Tri-State Section - Carlisle Smith Scholarship


District 7 Named Scholarships

Ed Cable/Bug-O - District 7 Scholarship

This scholarship is sponsored by Bug-O Systems to honor Mr. Cable, and is for a student pursuing a certificate or degree in welding or a related field with an interest in welding automation or mechanization. The student must be full time with a minimum GPA of 3.0 and have an interest in welding automation or mechanization.

Women of Gases and Welding - District 7 Scholarship

Founded in November 2011, the Women of Gases & Welding (WGW) has a mission to enhance the success of women in the gases and welding industry through advocacy, recruitment, and professional development. Functioning as a committee within GAWDA (Gases and Welding Distributors Association), WGW designs professional development programming for women at national conferences and engages sponsors to support programming and scholarships for women.

District 8

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Chattanooga Section Scholarship

Greater Huntsville Section Scholarships

  • Too Mitchell Memorial/NASA Friends & Family Scholarship
  • Too Mitchell Memorial Scholarship
  • Rayburn Johnson Scholarship
  • Greater Hunstville Section Scholarship

Nashville Section Scholarship


District 8 Named Scholarships

nexAir LLC - Gary Enders Scholarship

This scholarship was created to honor Gary’s 57-year career with nexAir. Gary has held many roles at nexAir over the course of his career including: Purchasing Agent, Territory Manager, Sales Manager and Area Manager.  In his current role as Vice President of Advanced Welding Technologies, Gary has been a mentor and technical resource for end users and nexAir Territory Managers. Together with his team, he has been instrumental in training and promoting welding technologies while continuously looking for ways to improve processes. Gary’s career with nexAir has been impactful and instrumental in shaping the company’s success.

The purpose of this scholarship is to promote welding education to a qualified student pursing a degree or certificate in welding.  Priority is for a student at Moore Tech College of Technology in Memphis, Tennessee.

Based in Memphis, Tennessee, nexAir is the leading supplier of compressed gases and welding hard goods in the southeastern United States. Founded in 1940, nexAir sells, packages, and distributes atmospheric gases, including medical, specialty and industrial gases. nexAir also sells related products, including welding equipment, welding supplies, safety supplies and dry ice.

Saf-T-Cart Scholarship

Dedicated to Jimmy Walker, Sr., founder of Saf-T-Cart in Clarksdale, MS, this scholarship is for a welding student in AWS District 8 with a preference for a student in welding at Coahoma Community College.

District 8 Women of Gases & Welding Scholarship 

Founded in November 2011, the Women of Gases & Welding (WGW) has a mission to enhance the success of women in the gases and welding industry through advocacy, recruitment, and professional development. Functioning as a committee within GAWDA (Gases and Welding Distributors Association), WGW designs professional development programming for women at national conferences and engages sponsors to support programming and scholarships for women.

District 9

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Mobile Section Scholarships

  • Ronald C. & Joyce Pierce Scholarship
  • Mobile WESCO & Miller Electric Scholarship
  • Paul "Jerry" Betts Memoiral Scholarship
  • Stephen F. Carlisle Scholarship
  • William H. Harrison, Jr. Scholarship
  • Eleanor Ezell Memorial Scholarship
  • Leo Veal Scholarship

Baton Rouge Section Scholarships

  • O.J. Templet Scholarship
  • George & Glenda Fairbanks Scholarship
  • Baton Rouge Section Scholarship

Acadiana Section Scholarships

  • Charles Lewis Jr. - Acadiana Section Scholarship
  • John Angers - Acadiana Section Scholarship
  • Les Bertrand Scholarship

New Orleans Section Scholarships

  • Shelton L. Ritter Section Scholarship
  • Anthony J. DeMarco & Bruce Halilla Scholarship

Pascagoula Section Scholarship

Central Louisiana Section Scholarship


District 9 Named Scholarships

Atlas Welding Supply Scholarship

This scholarship is for a welding student in AWS District 9 with a minimum GPA of 2.5, with priority for a student in the Birmingham Section.  Based in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Atlas Welding Supply has served customers for more than 65 years. 

District 10

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Cleveland Section Scholarships

  • Dr. John Gerken Scholarship
  • Lowbrow Customs - Cleveland Section
  • Rod Belden - OE Meyer Co. Scholarship

District 11

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Detroit Section Scholarships

  • Detroit Section Scholarship
  • Amos & Marilyn Winsand Scholarship

West Michigan Section Scholarships

  • Aim High - Jerry Clay Scholarship
  • West Michigan Scholarship #1
  • Dietrich and Betty Roth Scholarship
  • West Michigan Section Scholarship #2
  • James Koster Scholarship
  • RoMan Manufacturing Scholarship
  • Apex Controls - Bernie TeBos Scholarship

Saginaw Valley Section Scholarship

Central Michigan Section Scholarship


District 11 Named Scholarships

Detroit Fred Ellicott Scholarship for Arc Welding

This scholarship is sponsored by the AWS Detroit Section in honor of Fred Ellicott.

Detroit Dietrich Roth Scholarship for Resistance Welding

This scholarship is sponsored by the AWS Detroit Section in honor of Dietrich Roth.

 

District 12

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Madison-Beloit Section Scholarships

  • Welders Supply Co. Scholarship
  • Madison-Beloit Section Scholarship

Fox Valley Section Scholarship

Lakeshore Section - David J. Ramseur Scholarship

Milwaukee Section Scholarship

District 13

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Peoria Section - Marie & Walter Polanin Family Scholarship

Chicago Section Scolarship


District 13 Scholarship

District 13 has additional scholarship funds for students attending school, or residing within the boundaries of District 13. 

District 14

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St. Louis Section Scholarships 

  • Garner Kimbrall Scholarship
  • Pat Cody Memorial Scholarship
  • Hil Bax Scholarship

Indiana Section Scholarships

  • Bob Richwine - Indiana Section Scholarship
  • Brant Family/Indiana Oxygen Scholarship

Tri-River Section - Sky Cylinder Testing Scholarship

Louisville Section - BAE Systems Scholarship

District 15

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Northwest Section Scholarships

  • Mace Harris Scholarship
  • Mike Hanson & Bob Sands Scholarship
  • Production Engineering/Mike Albers Scholarship

Northern Plains Section Scholarship


District 15 Named Scholarship

Lynnes Welding Training Scholarship

These scholarships are sponsored by Lynnes Welding Training for students attending their school.

District 16

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Iowa Section Scholarships

  • David Landon Scholarship
  • Charles F. Burg Scholarship
  • Iowa Section Scholarships #1 and #2

Kansas City Section Scholarships

  • Richard "Dick" Emmit Blaisdell Scholarship
  • Roland Edward "Buck" Emmert Scholarship
  • Brian "Bigfoot" McKee Welder Scholarship

Kansas Section 035 Scholarship

Nebraska Section - Monty Rodgers Scholarship

S.E. Nebraska Section - Pat Wagner Scholarship


District 16 Named Scholarships

Karl Fogleman - District 16 Scholarship

This scholarship is named for District 16 Director Karl Fogleman.

Central Nebraska Section Scholarship

This scholarship was established by the former AWS Central Nebraska Section.

District 17

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Central Arkansas Section Scholarships

  • John W. Bailey Memorial Scholarship
  • Stephen E. Harrison Memorial Scholarship
  • Thomas B. Schueck Memorial Scholarship

East Texas Section - Lonestar - Blackgold Scholarship

Ozark Section - James W. Gardner Scholarship

Oklahoma City Section Scholarship

Central Texas Section Scholarship

Tulsa Section Scholarship


District 17 Named Scholarship

Danielle Rivera Memorial - District 17 Scholarship

Established in memory of Danielle Rivera, graduate of TSTC-Waco Welding Program. This scholarship will be awarded to a woman planning to attend a welding program with an emphasis on the hands-on practice of welding and metals joining. 

District 18

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Houston Section Scholarships

  • Dennis K. & Robin Eck Scholarship
  • Barney Burks Scholarship
  • Ronald S. Theiss Scholarship
  • Dr. Daryle Morgan Scholarship
  • American Boiler Manufacturing Scholarship
  • George Kampschafer Scholarship
  • Ron VanArsdale Scholarship
  • Houston Section Spirit of Welding Scholarship
  • John R. Bray Scholarship

District 19

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Alberta Section Scholarship

Willamette Valley Section Scholarships

  • Don & Jean Cleveland Scholarship
  • Willamette Valley Section Scholarship

Puget Sound Section - Chuck Daly Scholarship


District 19 Named Scholarship

Jerry Hope Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is available to U.S. citizens who live in Washington, Oregon, or Alaska. Canadian citizens who live in British Columbia or Alberta may also apply. Applicants must be a high school graduate or possess a GED equivalent. Applicants shall be enrolled as a student in an AWS District 19 approved welding related educational or training program.

District 20

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Colorado Section Scholarship

Idaho/Montana Section Scholarship

  • Dale & Marolyn Mortensen Scholarship
  • Paul O'Leary Memorial Scholarship
  • Idaho/Montana Section Scholarship

New Mexico Section Scholarships

  • Bauman Industrial Labs Scholarship
  • New Mexico Section #75 Scholarship #1 & #2

Southern Colorado Section - Jack Dammann Scholarship


District 20 Named Scholarships

Dalton Nolan Van Memorial Scholarship

Dalton Van, recipient of the 2019 Miller® Weld-Mask™ Scholarship, passed away unexpectedly on June 13, 2020. Dalton was a talented welder with a passion for the trade. He attended Utah State University Eastern and earned a gold medal in the Utah SkillsUSA competition and took silver while representing Uintah Basin Technical College (UBTech) at Nationals.

To honor Dalton, his hard work, and his dedication to the welding trade, Miller and the American Welding Society (AWS) will award a $1,000 scholarship each year between 2021-2025 to a student at Uintah Basin Technical College (UBTech) to support their welding education, carrying Dalton’s legacy forward in the future of welding. To qualify, a student must be full-time in a minimum 900 HR Certificate Program course of study with at least a 2.5 overall GPA.

Norco & Miller Electric UBTech Scholarship

The Norco & Miller Electric UBTech Scholarship was established by Norco and the Miller Electric Mfg. Co for a student attending Uintah Basin Technical College in a minimum of a 900 HR Certificate Program course of study that will result in a 900 HR UBTech Program Certificate.  

District 20 Women of Gases & Welding Scholarship 

Founded in November 2011, the Women of Gases & Welding (WGW) has a mission to enhance the success of women in the gases and welding industry through advocacy, recruitment, and professional development. Functioning as a committee within GAWDA (Gases and Welding Distributors Association), WGW designs professional development programming for women at national conferences and engages sponsors to support programming and scholarships for women.

District 21

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Los Angeles/Inland Empire Section Scholarships

  • Gene Lawson and George Rolla Scholarship
  • Los Angeles/Inland Empire Section Scholarship

Arizona Section Hall of Knowledge Scholarship


District 21 Named Scholarship

Bob and Evelyn Schneider Scholarship

This scholarship is available to students who reside in and plan to attend an academic institution within District 21. The student must be attending a two year course of study that will result in at least an Associate degree, or certificate in welding.
 

District 22

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Sacramento Valley Section Scholarships

  • Dale Flood - Sacramento Section Scholarship
  • Tri Tool Inc.-Sacramento Valley Sectio Scholarship
  • Sacramento District 22 Scholarship

Santa Clara Section - Lou Defreitas Scholarship

Central Valley Section Scholarship

San Francisco Section Scholarship

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