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

Students in the Iowa 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

Karl Fogleman – District 16 Scholarship

This scholarship was named for Karl Fogleman District 16 Director on February 3, 2018

  • This Scholarship will be awarded to a student pursuing a career in welding or welding related courses
  • Applicant must have a minimum high school diploma or GED.
  • Proof of financial need is required
  • Applicant must be a US Citizen
  • Applicant must reside in District 16
  • Preference will be given to an AWS Member

David J. Landon Scholarship

David J. Landon was the Manager of Welding Engineering at Vermeer Corporation in Pella, Iowa and the 2015 President of the American Welding Society. A 1981 graduate of LeTourneau University, Landon received a Bachelor of Science degree in welding engineering. He had been a member of the American Welding Society since 1983 and was active in the local section, district, national, and international levels. Landon has had a passion for training welders throughout his career and is always willing to share his passion for welding with anyone who will listen. Mentored by some of the great heroes in the welding industry, Landon’s passion of mentoring others can be summed up in the theme of his presidential year of AWS, “Heroes are ordinary people who do extraordinary things; to whom will you be a hero today?”

This endowment was made possible by the generous donations of the Iowa Section of the American Welding Society, Vermeer Corporation, and the matching gift program approved by the Board of Directors of the American Welding Society in 2013.

Consistent with Landon’s passion, the purpose of this scholarship is to enable young welders to develop and refine their abilities through education and to aid them in their efforts to accomplish extraordinary things.

Charles F. Burg – Iowa Section Scholarship

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The AWS Iowa section strives to move the industry forward in both thought and action and inspire new generations to see the exciting career opportunities available today. Consistent with this goal, the purpose of this scholarship is to enable young welders to develop and refine their abilities through education.

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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