The American Welding Society Foundation awards over $2 million annually for education and training in welding and related fields!

Students in the Los Angeles/Inland Empire Section may be eligible for the following scholarships:

National, District, and Section Scholarships – Deadline March 1st for the following fall term

 National Scholarships
For students pursuing a specific degree at an accredited two-year or four-year college or university. Scholarships range from $3,000 – $5,000+.

 District Scholarships
A minimum of $15,000 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

Gene Lawson and George Rolla Scholarship 

Los Angeles/Inland Empire Section Scholarship 

Bob and Evelyn Schneider- District 21 Scholarship

Bob Doan Memorial Scholarship – District 21 

Bob Doan, otherwise known as “The Wizard “ had a passion for his trade. He was a success out of St. James Trade School in Springfield, IL in the mid-1950’s. He was a father figure to many over the years and took every opportunity to mentor as a family man and businessman. His greatest passion was mentoring young welders. His legacy includes owning Flange Wizard for 40 years (a leader in welding equipment) and earned him the nickname of “the Wizard ” based on the fact he patented over fifty tools for the welding industry. Bob Doan was a larger than life personality. If you knew him, you knew this to be true.  At his core he lived the American dream, a man who came from a humble background, built a successful business but never lost sight of the important things in life: faith, family and friends. He was generous to a fault and downright unassuming and funny.

The Bob Doan Memorial Scholarship is for students in a welding or closely related program from the AWS LA/Inland Empire Section or AWS Long Beach/Orange County Section.  Applicant must be a U.S. citizen.  Preference will be shown for students with a career objective in the pipeline field.

Welder Training Scholarship
For students seeking welder training in a certificate program less than two years in length through a trade school, community college, or other facility providing welder training. Each District has a minimum of 25 – $1,000 scholarships to award. Applications are accepted January-November and selections are made on a rolling basis until the District awards the designated funds for the year.


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