Financial Aid for Training for a Career Fusing Metal

Did you know you could receive a scholarship simply for choosing welding training? That’s right. Several organizations offer financial aid to help students fund their welding education.

TWS Scholarship Requirements:

  • Before you can apply for a welding scholarship, you must meet all regular admissions requirements and be scheduled to start welding training.
  • You will be placed in a class or shift based on availability. A welding scholarship can’t be transferred from one shift or program to another.
  • If you change your school start date, you could lose the scholarship.

Scholarships for Welding Students

American Welding Society Scholarships

Founded in 1919, the American Welding Society (AWS) is a nonprofit organization where their mission is to further the technology, science and application of welding, cutting, soldering, brazing and thermal spraying. The AWS works to advance the welding industry through action and thought.

The organization strives to encourage new generations to seek careers in welding through certifications, publications, conferences and scholarships.i The foundation awards more than $1 million in scholarships to welding students each year.ii

  • American Welding Society Welder Training Scholarship ($1,000)

    What is it?

    • A scholarship for students in welding training at a trade school. Each of the AWS’ 22 Districts has 25 scholarships to offer in 2019. The award amount for each scholarship is $1,000.

    When is it?

    • Students attending welding school or training before May 2020. Applications are accepted
      year-round and candidates chosen on a rolling basis until the District distributes the funds
      for that year.
    • If you apply before November 30, you could qualify for funds from the remaining calendar year. Applying after November 30 may qualify you for funds distributed in the following
      calendar year.

    Who can apply?

    1. Only students planning on attending a welding training program, like those at TWS, for up
      to two years. This scholarship cannot be used towards a 4-year program.
    2. You must live in one of the AWS’ 22 Districts.iii See Map.
    3. Section officers and their families do not qualify.
    4. Section Selection Committee members and their families are not eligible.iv

    How to apply?

    • You can apply for the 2019 Welder Training Scholarship online. Apply Online.
  • American Welding Society National Scholarship ($2,000 - $6,000)

    What is it?

    • Donor-funded scholarships for students planning on earning a bachelor’s or associate degree in welding, like the degree TWS offers, or a related discipline. More than 60
      scholarships are available. Award amounts range from $2,000 to $6,000 or more.

    When is it?

    • The AWS National Scholarship Deadline is March 1. Students must apply by this date to be
      considered for the following fall term.

    Who can apply?

    1. Students seeking a welding or welding-related degree at an accredited 4-year or 2-year
      university, college or trade school.
    2. AWS membership may be necessary. Visit the AWS Student Membership page.
    3. Applicants’ financial need may also be consideredv.

    How to apply?

  • American Welding Society District Scholarship ($500 - $2,000)

    What is it?

    • Scholarships for students planning on earning a bachelor’s degree, welding associate degree, like the one at TWS, or a certificate in one of the AWS’ 22 Districts (See Map). Awards generally range from $500 to $2,500 or more.

    When is it?

    • The deadline for the AWS District Scholarship is March 1 for those sending their applications to the AWS Foundation office. Awards are typically made from May to June and the funds distributed the following fall term.

    Who can apply?

    How to apply?

  • American Welding Society Section and District Named Scholarships ($1,000 - $3,000)

    What is it?

    • Local AWS members, donors and companies fund scholarships for students in their AWS Section. Award amounts range from $1,000 to $3,000 or more.vi

    Who can apply?

    • Eligibility requirements are dependent on the specific scholarship. View this list of scholarships for more details.vii

    When is it?

    • Deadlines for the AWS Section-Named and District-Named Scholarships vary. Check with your section or district website. View a list of scholarships with links to respective district and section websites here.

Watch this Video to Learn More about Applying for AWS Scholarships

The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International, (FMA) Nuts, Bolts and Thingamajigs Scholarship

The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International, (FMA) was founded in 1970 and is a professional organization with more than 2,500 individual and company members from the metal fabricating and equipment manufacturing industries.

Its mission is to champion for the growth and sustainability of the North American metal forming, processing and fabricating industries through technology councils, educational programs and scholarships and the FABTECH trade show.viii

  • The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International, (FMA) Nuts, Bolts and Thingamajigs Scholarship ($3,500 maximum)

    What is it?

    • Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs (NBT) is a scholarship for students seeking degrees that will lead to careers in manufacturing. Award amounts can be as high as $3,500.ix

    When is it?

    • NBT Fall 2019 Deadline
      • Opens: January 1, 2019
      • Closes: March 31, 2019
    • NBT Fall 2019 Deadline
      • Opens: July 1, 2019
      • Closes: September 30, 2019x

    Who can apply?

    • Students who are entering or currently enrolled in a degree or certificate program that could lead to a career in manufacturing.
    • Enrollment must be full-time (12 or more credit hours per semester).
    • If attending a trade school, the student must have a 2.5 GPA. University students must hold a 3.0 GPA.xi

    How to apply?

    • Submit an application online.
TWS-Sponsored National FFA Organization Scholarship

A group of young farmers founded “Future Farmers of America” in 1928. Its mission was to prepare generations to come for the challenges of feeding a growing nation. In 1988, the name was changed to the “National FFA Organization” to reflect the expansion of the group to support students aspiring to a wider variety of careers. Today, the organization is committed to providing a path to achievement for individual students by collaborating with businesses and sponsors to offer scholarships to those with a host of higher education and career goals.xii

  • TWS-Sponsored National FFA Organization Scholarship ($1,000)

    What is it?

    • A $1,000 scholarship for Tulsa Welding School students who start training in the Professional Welder program between June and October.

    When is it?

    • The TWS-Sponsored National FFA Organization Scholarship application deadline closed at 11:59 p.m. EST on February 6, 2019. Check back at the website for next year’s deadline.

    Who can apply?

    • FFA members and non-FFA members may qualify for the scholarship.xiii
    • They must be TWS students enrolled in the Professional Welder program from June through October.
    • Students must maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale.xiv

    How to apply?

SME Education Foundation Scholarship

SME created the SME Education Foundation in 1979 to inspire, prepare and support students pursuing manufacturing careers at every level. Since its founding, the group has provided more than $33 million in awards, grants and scholarships. The group has also partnered with foundations, corporations, organizations and individual donors to support student education and outreach programs.xv

  • SME Education Foundation Scholarship ($1,000 - $6,000)

    What is it?

    • The SME Education Foundation scholarship is for students pursuing an associate degree in manufacturing engineering technology or a closely related field at an accredited trade school. Between $1,000 and $6,000 is awarded for tuition, books or course/lab fees.xvi

    When is it?

    • The deadline for the SME Education Foundation scholarship was on February 1, 2019.
    • Registered students will be notified in September to get ready for the 2020/2021 school year application process starting in November.

    Who can apply?

    • Eligibility requirements vary with the specific scholarship you’re applying for. See a list of scholarships and their requirements here.

    How to apply?

    • Register today to be automatically notified when the application for the 2020/2021 school year opens in November. Register online.
TWS High School Senior Welding Competition Weld-to-Win Scholarship

Two welders founded Tulsa Welding School in 1949, and we’ve been preparing men and women for skilled trades careers ever since. In keeping with this tradition, TWS holds a welding competition for high school seniors each year. The school awarded more than $245,000 in scholarships and prizes last year.

  • TWS High School Senior Welding Competition Weld-to-Win Scholarship

    What is it?

    • A welding competition for high school seniors who’ve completed a class in welding at a vocational school or in high school. A full tuition scholarship to TWS is the grand prize. Partial tuition scholarships are awarded to the top runner-ups. A $500 tuition scholarship is awarded to TWS for everyone who participates.

    When is it?

    • Weld-to-Win Competition dates vary by TWS campus.
    TWS Campus Competition Date
    Jacksonville, FL TBD
    Houston, TX TBD
    Tulsa, OK TBD

    Who can apply?

    • High school seniors who have taken a welding class in high school or at a trade school.

    How to apply?

    • Register online by the specific campus’ deadline.
    2019 Competition Details
    TWS Campus Registration Deadline Where to Register
    Jacksonville, FL TBD Register Here
    Houston, TX TBD Register Here
    Tulsa, OK TBD Register Here

    Who Can Apply

    • Register online by the specific campus’ deadline.
    2019 Competition Details
    TWS Campus Registration Deadline Where to Register
    Jacksonville, FL TBD Register Here
    Houston, TX TBD Register Here
    Tulsa, OK TBD Register Here

    Links to the registration information will be available when the scholarships become available.

The National Precast Concrete Association (NPCA) Foundation Scholarship

The National Precast Concrete Association (NPCA) strives to introduce the benefits and features of precast concrete products to foster a more educated specifying community. To advance this mission, the group has been awarding scholarships to students pursuing construction-related, architectural and civil engineering educational paths since 1989xvii

  • The National Precast Concrete Association (NPCA) Foundation Scholarship ($2,500 Maximum)

    The National Precast Concrete Association (NPCA) strives to introduce the benefits and features of
    precast concrete products to foster a more educated specifying community. To advance this mission, the group has been awarding scholarships to students pursuing construction-related, architectural and civil engineering educational paths since 1989xvii

    What is it?

    • A scholarship for college students or high school seniors pursuing careers related to the
      precast concrete industry. First-year award amounts are up to $2,500. Students who complete internships with NPCA members each additional year may qualify for higher award amounts during those years.

    When is it?

    • The deadline for the National Precast Concrete Association (NPCA) Foundation Scholarship application was April 1, 2019. Check back at the website for next year’s deadline.

    Who can apply?

    • Students who will be enrolled in a certificate program during the next academic year following the application deadline.
    • The student must be studying a field related to the precast concrete or building
      construction industryxviii.

    How to apply?

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