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

Students in the Madison-Beloit 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

Madison-Beloit Section Scholarship

Welders Supply Co. Scholarship 

When George Uhlir started Welders Supply Company in 1938, he could not possibly have imagined how it could evolve to what it is today. As a respected welder in Beloit, George’s goal was simply to offer local industries the best welding products available and share his expertise to help other welders. Today, we remain loyal to George’s vision, but on a much larger scale.

Besides being an online vendor of high-quality welding equipment throughout the Midwest and beyond, Welders Supply also provides expert technical support across Southeast Wisconsin and Northern Illinois. From our original office in Beloit, Welders Supply has expanded into Big Bend, Burlington and Rockford to better serve our growing customer base. Despite this growth, we have stayed true to our roots as an independently-owned business focused on quality—both in the equipment we offer and the service we provide our customers.

While technology has changed just about everything about our business—from the equipment we offer to the way it’s sold—one thing remains the same today as it was when George Uhlir ran this company: Your success is our success.

This scholarship is available to a student at Blackhawk Technical College in Janesville, WI pursuing studies in welding in a certificate or degree granting course of study.

Ted B. Jefferson Memorial Scholarship (District 12)

In 1943, Ted Jefferson, then a principal of the Welding Engineer Publishing Company, revised the Welding Encyclopedia for the first time. He edited and published the 11th through 17th editions over a period of 33 years. Ted Jefferson died on July 6, 1988, at the age of eighty.

In honor of Ted Jefferson’s long association and dedication to the Welding Encyclopedia, the American Welding Society renamed the book Jefferson’s Welding Encyclopedia in 1976.

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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