Scholarships

Student Scholarship information and application web link, also information and application for the new Welding Educator Scholarship

National Scholarship information web link


AWS Kansas City Section Scholarship

Eligibility
1. Applicant must be a minimum of 18 years of age.
2. Applicants must be at least a high school senior that will be (or has) applied to a certificate welding program or to a college/university for a 2-year or 4-year degree focused on welding.
3. Applicant must have a 2.5 overall grade point average.
4. Applicant must provide a letter of reference indicating how they will use their welding education.
5. Student may be enrolled full- or part-time. However, full-time is preferred.
6. Proof of financial need is not required to qualify.
7. Applicant must submit all required application information.
8. Applicant must be a citizen of the United States and plan to attend an academic institution located within the specified Section.
9. Applicant must attend school in the Section where the scholarship is given, and reside in Kansas or Missouri.
10. Applicants may reapply. However, persons who have received this award may reapply and may be granted the award for a maximum of 2 years.
The AWS Foundation does not discriminate by age, race, color, national origin, disability, creed, or gender.

Selection
The Selection Committee (comprised of the Kansas City Section board) will determine the recipients.

Awards
The Selection Committee will distribute a total of $2,000 worth of scholarships to one or more qualifying students. No awards will be paid to the recipient. All awards are for tuition and fees only, and will be paid directly to the academic institution by the AWS Foundation.

Application Information
Applicant must submit the following information:
1. Application (CLICK HERE TO APPLY ONLINE VIA THE SCHOLARSHIP PORTAL)
2. Two letters of reference
3. Personal Statement

  • Demonstrated timeliness and completion of assignments 
  • Creativity in solving problems 
  • Demonstrated responsibility on own initiative 
  • Ability to work well with others 
  • Organizational skills (ability to handle multiple tasks, time management) 
  • Participation in class, campus and outside organizations 
  • Participation in AWS Student and Section activities 
  • General Background information 
  • Career Objectives 

4. Official transcript(s) sent directly from the college or university
5. Statement of Unmet Financial Need completed by an accredited academic institution even if no FAFSA was filed
6. Verification of enrollment completed by college or university

Deadline
Deadline for application is March 1 for the following fall term.

For more information, please contact:
AWS Foundation
8669 NW 36 Street, Suite #130
Miami, FL 33166
800-443-9353, Ext. 250


Praxair Limited Scholarship

Introduction
Praxair is a Fortune 250 company and the largest industrial gases company in North and South America. The company produces, sells and distributes atmospheric, process and specialty gases and high-performance surface coatings. Through its distribution business, Praxair is a leading supplier of welding, cutting, specialty and medical gases and welding-related equipment and supplies. With its retail stores, cylinder-filling plants, distribution warehouses and online channels, Praxair Distribution serves over 500,000 customers and is recognized for its expertise in enhancing productivity.

Working together with AWS will help Praxair provide targeted support to welding and metal fabrication students as they prepare for rewarding careers in the industries and communities served by Praxair. Praxair is pleased to support the variety of scholarship opportunities offered by AWS.

Purpose

  • In supporting the AWS scholarship program, PDI hopes to:
    • Call broad attention to high paying jobs in welding industry – and lack of skilled labor
    • Help to address the shortage of welders in the United States
    • Improve access to scholarship dollars for students pursuing a career in welding
    • Create broader awareness of Praxair in our communities.

Eligibility

1. Applicant must be a minimum of eighteen years of age. 

2. Applicants must be at least a high school senior that will be (or has) applied to a certificate welding program or to a college/university for a 2 year or 4 year degree focused on welding

3. Applicant must have a 2.5 overall grade point average. 

4. Applicant must provide a letter of reference indicating how they will use their welding education. 

5. Student may be enrolled full or part time, however, full time is preferred.

6. Proof of financial need is not required to qualify.      

7.  Applicant must submit all required application information. 

8. Applicant must be a citizen of the United States and plan to attend an
academic institution located within the specified 13 sections

9. Applicant must attend school in the Section where the scholarship is given, and reside in the state where the Section is located.

10. Applicants may reapply; however, persons who have received this award           
may reapply and may be granted the award for a maximum of 2 years. 

11. Applicant from an underrepresented group in the welding industry is preferred.

The AWS Foundation does not discriminate by age, race, color, national origin, disability, creed, or gender.

Selection
The Selection Committees (comprised of Section members as determined by the Section Chair) will determine the recipients at their annual meeting held in late spring or early summer of each year.

Awards
Twenty six (26) awards will be made to students who reside/attend school in the following AWS Sections:

    • Chicago, IL – Section 002
    • Cleveland, OH – Section 006
    • Dallas, TX – North Texas Section 053
    • Detroit, MI – Section 011
    • Fox Valley, WI – Section 074
    • Houston, TX – Section 022
    • Kansas City, MO – Section 016
    • Los Angeles, CA – Section 008
    • North Dakota – Northern Plains Section 117
    • Portland, OR – Section 052
    • Salt Lake City, UT – Utah Section 059
    • Tulsa, OK – Section 034
    • North Carolina – Two sections will divide the $2,000 each year (Charlotte-#140 and Triangle-#151)

No awards will be paid to the recipient. All awards are for tuition and fees only, and will be paid directly to the academic institution by the AWS Foundation.

Application Information
Applicant must submit the following information:

1. Application (CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE FILLABLE PDF FORM)

Please fill out and print the application and mail it to:
AWS Foundation
8669 NW 36 Street, Suite 130
Miami, FL 33166

Or fax it to: 305-443-7559

Or email it to: foundation@aws.org

2. Two letters of reference

3. Personal Statement

  • Demonstrated timeliness and completion of assignments 
  • Creativity in solving problems 
  • Demonstrated responsibility on own initiative 
  • Ability to work well with others 
  • Organizational skills (ability to handle multiple tasks, time management)
  • Participation in class, campus and outside organizations 
  • Participation in AWS Student and Section activities 
  • General Background information
  • Career Objectives 

4. Official Transcript(s) sent directly from the college or university

5. Statement of Unmet Financial Need completed by an accredited academic institution even if no FAFSA was filed

6. Verification of Enrollment completed by college or university

Please note: Recipients may be asked to submit a 5 x 7 head and shoulders black and white photograph for publicity purposes.

Deadline
Deadline for application is May 1st for the following Fall Term

For more information, please contact:
AWS Foundation
8669 NW 36 Street, Suite #130
Miami, FL 33166
800-443-9353, Ext. 250


Richard “Dick” Emmit Blaisdell Scholarship

Introduction
The Kansas City Section chooses to designate the named scholarship after one of its longtime and currently active members.  Richard Blaisdell was involved in the welding industry as an engineer since the early 1960’s and is currently serving on the Kansas City Section board. He actively participates in section meetings and on occasion, will be the guest speaker on a technical topic.

Purpose
To provide scholarship funding to a student pursuing a certificate, associates or bachelors degree in welding related or civil engineering.

Eligibility
All applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements:

1. Applicant must have a minimum high school diploma. 

2. Applicant must have a 2.5 overall grade point average. 

3.Student must be enrolled full time.

4. Proof of financial need is required to qualify. 

5. Applicant must be a citizen of the U.S.

6. Applicant must reside in the Kansas City Section (016). 

7. Applicant must attend school in the states of Missouri or Kansas.

8. Applicant must provide a personal statement (minimum 200 words).

9. Applicant must provide an essay on why they want a career in the welding industry (minimum 200 words).

Applicant does not have to be a member of the American Welding Society.

Selection

The recipient will be chosen by a Selection Committee comprised of members of the Kansas City Section.

Awards

Yearly award of $1,000 for tuition and fees only. Funds are paid directly to the academic institution by the AWS Foundation.

Application Information

Procedure
Applicant must submit the following:

1.  Application (CLICK HERE TO APPLY ONLINE VIA THE SCHOLARSHIP PORTAL)
2. Two letters of reference only -  i.e., one documenting previous hands-on welding experience and the other documenting your ambitions, goals, leadership, and any other factors to assist the committee in judging your eligibility.
3.   Personal Statement  (May include all or some of the following):

  • Demonstrated timeliness and completion of assignments 
  • Creativity in solving problems 
  • Demonstrated responsibility on own initiative 
  • Ability to work well with others 
  • Organizational skills (ability to handle multiple tasks, time management) 
  • Participation in class, campus and outside organizations 
  • Participation in AWS Student and Section activities 
  • General Background information 
  • Career Objectives 

4.  Original Official Transcript(s) sent directly from the college or university; high school students entering their first year of a welding program must provide an original official high school transcript.

  • Statement of Unmet Financial Need completed by an accredited academic institution even if no FAFSA was filed
  • Verification of Enrollment completed by college or university 

Deadline
Deadline for application is March 1st for the following Fall term.

For more information, please contact:
AWS Foundation
8669 NW 36 Street, Suite #130
Miami, FL 33166
800-443-9353, Ext. 250