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

Students in the West Michigan 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

The following scholarships are open to students in the AWS West Michigan Section (with approximate award pool):

Aim High – Jerry Clay Scholarship – $16,750 
West Michigan Section Scholarship #1 – $10,000 
Dietrich and Betty Roth Scholarship – $5,250
West Michigan Section Scholarship #2 – $2,250
RoMan Manufacturing – West Michigan Section Scholarship – $1,250 
Apex Controls – Bernie TeBos Scholarship – $1,000
James Koster Scholarship – $1,250 

Awards may be split among multiple recipients.

Detroit Ellicott/Arc Welding – District 11 Scholarship

Detroit Roth/Resistance Welding – District 11 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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