A career in underwater welding can provide the opportunity to use your skills in a wide range of industries. Gaining access to underwater welding careers is possible though academic institutions and public work force training organizations. Grants for welding training may be provided by financial aid, industry workforce programs and/or a specific training institution.
Welder Workforce Development Grants
Provided by the American Welding Society (aws.org), Welder Workforce Development Grants are in place to address the need to recruit and train entry-level welders in the workforce as well as workers with specific welding needs in business. Both private and public education and training institutions are eligible to apply for grant funds. The grant requires that participating companies contribute a portion of the award amount.
The AWS's Resistance Welding Manufacturing Alliance Scholarship provides financial assistance to individuals seeking a career in welding engineering and resistance welding. Applicants must be either American or Canadian students in good academic standing. Juniors in high school with a minimum GPA of 3.0 are eligible to apply for this scholarship. A 500-word essay describing why each applicant would like to be a part of the resistance welding industry is required.
Jerry Baker Scholarship
The AWS's Jerry Barker Scholarship award provides scholarships for students in pursuit of a career in welding engineering, which includes training in underwater welding principles. Applicants must be planning to attend welding training schools located in the United States or Canada. While demonstration of financial need is not a requirement, priority funding is given to those with financial difficulty. A minimum overall GPA of 2.8 in general classes –– along with a minimum 3.0 GPA in engineering course work –– is required. The scholarship awards up to $25,000 per year for a total of four years.
Individual Institution Awards
Many Individual colleges and universities with welding programs offer grants and scholarships to students. Scholarship award preference is given to those who demonstrate financial need. Preferential consideration is also given to students that demonstrate ability or have a history of achievement. Access to individual institutional awards may be gained by contacting the financial aid award center of a particular institution.
Shiloh Bell has been writing on business related topics since August 2000. He participated in drafting the "Inshoring Research Project for Southern Illinois" in October 2008. His area of expertise lies in business process development. Bell holds a Bachelor of Science in business economics from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.