The AWS Foundation is pleased to announce the launch of new online application.
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In the spirit of entrepreneurship, James A. Turner, Jr. represented the classic American success story. As an ambitious young Charlottean in May of 1941, J.A. Turner, Jr. started a small business ou of the trunk of his car. More than 50 years later, the company was generating annual sales in excess of $100 million and employed nearly 800 individuals at 60 sites in five states.
His company, National Welders Supply Company, was envisioned in the late 1930's while he worked as a traveling salesman for a manufacturing company. Upon his wife's insistence that he spend more time with the family, Turner formed National Welders Supply Company, which grew to be the largest independently owned industrial gas manufacturer/welding supply distributor in the United States, with more tthan 35,000 customers.
Within a couple of years, Turner opened several welding schools to help meet the World War II demand for shipyard welders. In 1945 he built the first acetylene plant in the Carolinas. It was early progressive moves such as this that set the precedent that shaped the company style and spirit.
By way of establishing this scholarship, Mr. Turner shared his philosophy of forward thinking and new ventures. He said, "You have to take advantage of opportunities, and sometimes make your own opportunities." This was another innovative way Mr. Turner sought to identify ways to efficiently and effectively serve the industry.
The award will be presented to individuals nationwide. Applicant does not have to be a member of the American Welding Society.
The AWS Foundation does not discriminate by age, race, color, national origin, disability, creed, or gender.
Selection committee will determine award recipient in February of each year. Recipient will be announced at the National Awards Luncheon.
No awards will be paid to the recipient. All awards are for tuition and books only, and will be paid directly to the academic institution by the AWS Foundation.