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

Students in the Philadelphia 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

Philadelphia Section Scholarship

The Philadelphia Section of the American Welding Society is happy to announce that more than $14,000 in scholarships are available to be awarded to a student or students who enrolled in an accredited college, university, technical college or trade school. These applicants must actively pursuing a degree in either Weld engineering, Welding technology, metallurgy, or a trade program designed specifically to develop welding skills directly related to the field of welding. The purpose of this scholarship which is presented by the Philadelphia Section of the American Welding Society is to promote the welding industry and welding education and will be awarded for use by the students or adult individual for their tuition and paid directly to the accredited and approved educational institution in which the student is presently enrolled.

Keen Compressed Gas Scholarship

Keen was founded in Wilmington Delaware in 1919 by Stanley Keen. Stanley started in a variety of businesses in the early years including food products and auto parts but finally settled into the welding supplies business in the 1930s and 1940s. In 1965 the business transitioned to the youngest of Stanley and Frances Keen’s 13 children as Merrill Keen became the company’s third president. Today, we are still family owned and operated with Merrill and Linda Keen’s three children Kim, Jon and Bryan leading the company.

Our company was founded on taking care of our employees, our customers and our community. “Keen Service Counts” and “Total Customer Satisfaction” are two slogans that have carried us through the years and still hold true today. In 2019 we will be celebrating 100 years in business. Our business has grown and evolved over the years but we believe maintaining our core values has been and will continue to be the biggest reason for our success.

This scholarship is available to students residing in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, with a preference for students that attend Delaware Technical and Community College.

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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