American Welding Society Awards High School Grants

November 11, 2023

The American Welding Society Foundation, in partnership with Miller Electric Mfg. LLC and Bechtel Group Foundation, is pleased to announce the recipients of the Light a Spark Grant:

Bell City High School – Bell City, Mo.
Griggs County Central School – Cooperstown, N.D.
Millennium High School – Goodyear, Ariz.
Mountain View High School – Lawrenceville, Ga.
Northern Cass School – Hunter, N.D.
Warren Hills Regional High School – Washington, N.J.
Wildwood Middle-High School – Sumterville, Fla.

The Light a Spark Grant brings welding back to high school with a turnkey Miller® equipment package valued at more than $14,000. Each package includes a multi-process welding machine, plasma cutter, supplies, personal protective equipment, and a MobileArc™ Augmented Reality Welding System.

“The AWS Foundation is extremely pleased to offer this grant to high schools that do not currently offer a welding program. Thanks to Miller Electric and Bechtel Group Foundation, hundreds of students will have the opportunity to experience welding for the first time and consider the possibility of welding as a career,” said AWS Foundation executive director Monica Pfarr.

“Miller is committed to advancing the craft of welding through providing a foundation to inspire and excel the knowledge and opportunities in the welding career path,” said Jessica Marhefke, vice president and general manager, Miller. “We are proud to partner with American Welding Society and Bechtel Group Foundation to provide these schools with the equipment and supplies needed to introduce their students to welding.”

“These kits make it easy for educators to offer realistic learning experiences and position students for success in community college and university programs,” said LeeAnne Lang, president of Bechtel Group Foundation.

This year the AWS Foundation will award more than $3 million in scholarships, grants and research fellowships to support welding education and workforce development across the United States.

Photo credit: American Welding Society