ESAB, a global provider of welding and cutting equipment and consumables, has launched its Future Fabricators Program with the announcement of 12 scholarships for $5,000 each, which will be awarded through the American Welding Society (AWS) Foundation.
ESAB’s Future Fabricators program was developed for aspiring welders and fabricators to provide tools, equipment, scholarships, training, and educational materials to technical and trade education programs from high schools to four-year welding engineering programs across North America.
“ESAB Scholarships provide significant financial support for welding students across the country, allowing those individuals to focus on their education and training rather than the burden of paying for school,” says Monica Pfarr, executive director, AWS Foundation. “The AWS Foundation is proud to partner with ESAB to provide these 12 scholarships annually and looks forward to creating brighter futures for aspiring welding professionals for years to come.”
Scholarship applications are reviewed by the AWS Foundation’s Education Scholarship Committee, and the selections will be made and announced in May. The entry deadline is March 1st. The $5,000 scholarships are made possible by a limited endowment that ESAB established in 2022 in partnership with the AWS Foundation.
The scholarships support students working toward welding certifications and associate’s and baccalaureate welding degrees.
“The AWS scholarships and ESAB’s Future Fabricators program help the next generation of fabricators move into an array of careers across a wide range of industries,” added Eleonor Lukens, president, Americas, ESAB Corporation. “AWS predicts a shortage of 360,000 new welding professionals by 2027. This alarming statistic necessitates a greater commitment to technical education by industry, institutions, and organizations. The Future Fabricators program demonstrates our commitment to addressing this issue by establishing a platform that showcases and supports the next generation of skilled trade professionals.”
The application deadline for 2024 National AWS Foundation scholarships is March 1st, 2004, and details are available here.