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Scholarships - Fellowships
The future of the welding industry depends upon preparing the next generation to meet the challenges ahead through education. The Foundation offers educational programs to foster the growth, stature and professionalism of the welding industry. AWS Foundation opportunities include the following programs:

Engineering Your Future
District Scholarships Program
National Scholarships Program
International Scholarships
Graduate Research Fellowships
Educators Scholarship

Research Fellowships
The American Welding Society offers Fellowships or Grants to students for graduate research toward a Masters or PhD degree under a sponsoring professor at a North American University.  The fellowships are up to $25,000 er year to recipients.  For further details on the 2013-2014 request for proposals, click the above link.

District Scholarship Recipients
In its commitment to improve America's productivity, the AWS Foundation provides funding assistance to help students wishing to pursue vocational, community college, or degree program in a welding or a related field of study. Scholarship recipients are selected annually at AWS District Conferences.

Get Acrobat Reader View the 2014-15 District Scholarship Recipients list of students who will receive awards granted this year through the AWS Foundation.

About AWS Foundation
The AWS Foundation was established by the American Welding Society on September 13, 1989, to support programs that ensure the growth and development of the welding industry through strengthening research and educational opportunities in welding and related industries.

From giving children their first glimmer of excitement in learning about the natural sciences, to providing funding for welding engineering undergraduates and fellowships for welding research, the AWS Foundation supports the welding industry.

Led by a volunteer Board of Trustees, the Foundation is organized as a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Administration, including program development, fundraising, public relations, marketing and financial management, is provided by a small development staff of the American Welding Society. Its operations are conducted from the Society's offices in Miami, Florida.

Section Scholarship Committee and
Program Guidelines

So many AWS Sections have very successful and active scholarship programs.  These guidelines were developed to further assist Sections in establishing programs or re-visit their current programs.  It is a document developed for the sole purpose of assisting Sections in their scholarship projects and is not intended to place restrictions or controls for managing a scholarship program.   Included is a sample application and support forms that may be revised to fit specific scholarship criteria.
Download Section Scholarship Committee and Program Guidelines.
You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view the PDF version of the document.

The D. Fred Bovie Library and Museum
Through the generosity of Fred Bovie, an AWS member for 53 years and Foundation Trustee, and his wife Lou, the AWS welding library and museum is being established at AWS headquarters in Miami. The library will hold all available AWS publications and related welding documents. The museum will have welding related artifacts and supporting materials. The purpose is to institute a place where AWS history and welding memorabilia can be displayed properly and with pride.

We want your input. If you or your Section members know or have any items that may be appropriate for the library or museum displays, please contact Vicki Pinsky at 800-443-9353, x212. Display space is limited but every effort will be made to address all donations and offerings.


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Visit the Gift & Estate Planning Web Site
Begin your philanthropy legacy with information on Estate Planned Giving, Life Income Trusts, Bequests, Life Insurance and Life Estate Contracts. Programs include a Charitable Remainder Trust that creates a trust to pay the donor, or those designated by the donor, a fixed income payment for life, with the remainder going to the Foundation. This is just one of many ways to support the educational resources to strengthen of your industry. To access the information and to download ebrochures, follow the link below:

eBay and AWS
Supporting welding education and scholarships just got easier. The American Welding Society (AWS) Foundation and the eBay Giving Works program, MissionFish, are joining forces to allow eBay vendors to donate all or part of their sales to the AWS Foundation. Since November of 2003, the eBay Giving Works program has raised over $2 million for participating nonprofit organizations. “This is a fun and easy method to help the AWS Foundation support welding education and scholarships,” says Sam Gentry, AWS Foundation Executive Director. “Being a part of eBay and MissionFish introduces AWS to individuals who may not know about our Society or the services we offer. It’s a win-win situation for everyone.” Please visit eBay at to become an eBay seller participating in the Giving Works program. If you are an eBay shopper, please visit eBay vendors displaying the distinctive Giving Works icon, a blue and yellow ribbon.