The Gases and Welding Distributor Association (GAWDA) Foundation is awarding 12 college scholarships this year to students around the country, who plan to further their studies in fields applicable to the welding and gases industry.

The GAWDA Foundation scholarship is designed to help educate, attract and keep quality individuals in the industry. Since the programme began in 2013, 70 scholarships have been presented worth a total of $140,000. A total of 328 applications for the awards have been received in all, reported John Ospina, GAWDA Executive Director. Winners were announced at the association’s annual spring conference, held on the 6th-8th May in St. Louis.

This year, member companies donated $13,550 towards the scholarship programme. GAWDA is matching that amount, bringing the total contribution for 2018 to $27,100.

“GAWDA is extremely proud to be able to assist these worthy students with their tuition costs and we wish them the best in their studies. We also hope to someday welcome them to careers in the welding and gases industry as professionals who can use their educations to benefit the industry as well as their own career paths,” said Ospina.

The 2018 winners, and the colleges they plan to attend, are:

  • Hannah Baughman, Fort Hays State
  • Jacob Tyler Bruecks, Redlands Community College
  • Garrett Cirrincione, Purdue University
  • Melissa De Jesus, University of Phoenix
  • Makayla Duke, Louisiana State University at Shreveport
  • Marlana Ferrari, Southern Illinois University
  • Sabrina A. Lutse, University of New Mexico
  • Meghan Mikula, PSU - Behrend
  • Graci Runk, East Texas Baptist University
  • Madeleine Stenzel, University of Minnesota-Rochester
  • Christian A. Stewart, University of Alabama
  • Megan West, West Chester University

21 GAWDA members contributed to the scholarship funds this year. They are: Airweld Inc., Arc3 Gases Inc., B&B Pipe and Industrial Tools, California Welding Supply, Central McGowan, Chart Inc., Coastal Welding Supplies, Cryoworks Inc., Equigas Inc., Exocor Filler Metals, and Holston Gases, Inc.

Also: ILMO Products Co., Keen Compressed Gas Company, Luxfer Gas Cylinders, O.E. Meyer Co., Otto Arc Systems Inc., Prism Visual Software Inc., The Horton Group, T.W. Smith Corporation, WEH Technologies Inc., Welders Supply Company - Raimy Corporation.