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

Students in the Puget Sound Section may be eligible for the following scholarships:

Puget Sound Scholarship Application

Who is Eligible?

  • Any U.S. Citizen and Washington State Resident.
  • Applicants shall be enrolled as a student in a Puget Sound AWS Section approved welding related educational or training program.
  • Applicants must be a high school graduate or possess a GED equivalent.
  • Applicants shall show a financial need or be enrolled as a full time student with a minimum GPA of 2.8. The GPA shall be based on a high school GPA less than 3 years old or a college GPA with at least 20 quarter credits or 15 semester credits.
  • The school program must be a 1-year or 2-year program located in the State of Washington. 4-year programs must be located in the United States.
  • The Scholarship program is designated for Technical Arts but Liberal Arts will be considered.
  • Scholarships shall be awarded depending on the amount of funds available for each program.
  • Applicants must fill out a scholarship application and provide any documentation requested in the application instructions. Application on any other form will not be considered.
  • You are not required to be a member of the American Welding Society. In fact, if you are awarded a Scholarship, you will receive a one (1) year full membership to the Society, paid for by the Section.
    You will be required to attend at least one (1) AWS meeting for each quarter awarded.

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

Chuck Daily Scholarship

Jerry Hope Memorial  Scholarship

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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