The American Welding Society Foundation awards over $2 million annually for education and training in welding and related fields!

Students in the Chattanooga Section may be eligible for the following scholarships:

National, District, and Section Scholarships – Deadline March 1st for the following fall term

National Scholarships
For students pursuing a specific degree at an accredited two-year or four-year college or university. Scholarships range from $3,000 – $5,000+.

District Scholarships
A minimum of $15,000 is available in each of AWS’s 22 Districts for students pursuing a degree or certificate in a welding or welding-related program. Scholarships typically range from $1,000 to $2,500+.

Section and District Named Scholarships

Chattanooga Section Scholarship

This scholarship will be awarded to a student who resides in the Chattanooga section.

District 8 Women of Gases & Welding Scholarship

Founded in November 2011, the Women of Gases & Welding (WGW) has a mission to enhance the success of women in the gases and welding industry through advocacy, recruitment, and professional development. Functioning as a committee within GAWDA (Gases and Welding Distributors Association), WGW designs professional development programming for women at national conferences and engages sponsors to support programming and scholarships for women.

Jimmy Walker Sr./Saf-T-Cart Scholarship

This scholarship is for a student who is enrolled in the Welding Program at Coahoma Community College.

Gary Enders Scholarship

This scholarship was established by nexAir in honor of Gary Enders.

  • Priority is for a welding student at Moore Tech College of Technology  (aka William R. Moore College of Technology)
  • If no applicants from Moore Tech, then the scholarship may go to a applicant from District 8, with preference for the West Tennessee Section
  • Students may be pursuing a certificate, Associates Degree, or Bachelor’s Degree

Welder Training Scholarship
For students seeking welder training in a certificate program less than two years in length through a trade school, community college, or other facility providing welder training. Each District has a minimum of 25 – $1,000 scholarships to award.

Applications are accepted January-November and selections are made on a rolling basis until the District awards the designated funds for the year.

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