How Can Students Engage with the AWS Foundation?
The AWS Foundation awards over $700,000 annually in scholarships to students enrolled in vocational schools, community/technical colleges, and universities. The online application system is open from November 15 – February 15. Student can find additional information and the scholarship application can be found online.
Our Workforce Development web page provides extensive links to career and resource information, which is ideal for students, instructors and professionals. Follow the link to CareersInWelding.com for important details about different types of welding jobs, salaries, schools and more.
AWS offers a student membership that provides students with a monthly digitized subscription to our award-winning Welding Journal, access to members-only educational resources, updates on newest products & technology, and discounts on AWS publications & code books. Student members may also participate in local section activities gaining valuable networking opportunities to help launch his/her career.
How Can Companies and Individuals Support your Efforts?
The AWS Foundation website is set up to support donations of any amount.
Of special note is the AWS Local Welding Scholarship Training Program (visit our Scholarships page). Donations with a minimum of $15,000 will be matched dollar for dollar by AWS, establishing a $30,000 endowment. Each year, a scholarship award of $1,500 (5% of endowment) will be awarded to a student who meets the criteria established by the donor. The primary focus of this scholarship is to support students enrolled in welding programs in the donor’s market area.
Why Are Educational Efforts Essential?
The demand for skilled welding professionals is constantly growing. By 2025, our nation’s workforce will need over 400,000 welders to satisfy the demands of several industries. To help fill this need, the AWS Foundation is doing its part to promote the industry and build a skilled workforce.