Welding Education Scholarships
The AWS Foundation awards over $1 million annually to students attending trade schools, community colleges, and four-year universities.

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Deadline to apply is March 1 for scholarships to be used the following fall term.

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The following scholarships are open to students in the AWS Greater Huntsville Section:

Too Mitchell Memorial Scholarship – $1,000
Rayburn Johnson Scholarship – $1,000
Greater Hunstville Section Scholarship – $1,000

Awards may be split among multiple recipients.

Applicant Must:

  • Have a minimum high school diploma
  • Have a 2.5 overall grade point average
  • Provide information indicating how they will use their welding education
  • Proof of financial need is required
  • Be a citizen of the US and plan to attend an academic institution located within Alabama
  • Be a citizen of the US and reside in Alabama
  • Applicant does NOT have to be a member of the AWS
  • Two letters of reference – 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.
  • Submit original transcript sent directly from college or university

Too Mitchell Memorial Scholarship
Established in memory of Carl “Too” Mitchell, graduate of Northwest Shoals Community College Welding Program and welder for NASA on Redstone Arsenal through the Millwrights. This scholarship will be awarded to a student pursuing welding education in the AWS Greater Huntsville Section.

Rayburn Johnson Scholarship
This scholarship is named after a member of the Greater Huntsville Section who has been a member of AWS for over 40 years. Rayburn has been a vital part of our section and a great sponsor of welding education. It was his dedication and work ethic towards the welding industry that prompted the section to name this scholarship in honor of him. The Greater Huntsville Section of AWS would like to see a recipient of this scholarship who shares Rayburn’s dedication to welding and his value of a good work ethic attitude.

AWS Greater Huntsville Section Scholarship
This scholarship is named after the Greater Huntsville Section. The Greater Huntsville Section is always interested in assisting the welding education system. It was through the dedication of our section members that funds were raised to make this scholarship available. The Greater Huntsville Section of AWS would like to see a recipient of this scholarship who shares their dedication to welding and their value of a good work ethic attitude.

District Scholarships
A minimum of $10,000 is available in each of AWS’s 22 Districts
for students pursuing a certificate, associate degree, or
bachelor’s degree. Scholarships typically range from $500 to

National Scholarships
More than 60 donor-funded scholarships, totaling over $200,000,
are available for students pursuing a bachelor’s or associate
degree in welding or a related discipline. Scholarships range
from $2,000-$6,000+.

Welder Training Scholarships
The AWS Welder Training Scholarship is for students seeking
training to become a welder in a program up to two years in
length at a trade school, community college, or other facility
providing welder training.

In 2019, each AWS District has twenty-five (25) $1,000
scholarships to award.

Applications are accepted year-round and selections are made on
a rolling basis until the District awards the designated funds
for the year. The current application cycle is open to students
attending school or training prior to May 2020.

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