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

Students can apply for:

Pittsburgh Section Scholarship ($6,250) 

David L. and Dolly McQuaid Pittsburgh Section Scholarship ($2,250) 
David McQuaid was AWS President in 2016 and heads D. L. McQuaid and Associates, Inc. He has chaired the AWS D1 Structural Welding and the Technical Activities Committees. In 2009, he received the American National Standards Institute Finegan Standards Medal for his contributions to industry standards.

Awards may be split among multiple recipients.

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 $2,500+.

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+.

Apply online at

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

Learn more about AWS Scholarships at

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.

Learn more and apply at