Mission: Dozens of industries rely on welding--aerospace, transportation, petrochemical, heavy machinery, primary metals, and manufacturing to name a few. Reliance on welding continues to grow every year. Yet the number of skilled welding professionals is decreasing. The AWS Foundation grew out of the need to educate schools, teachers, and students on the image of welding and its career potential. Secondly, the Foundation provides financial assistance, in the form of student loans and scholarships, for students wishing to pursue a welding career. The Foundation's goal is to help both the industry and students by filling in a number of positions (supervisor, quality inspector, technician, sales, manager, design engineer, welding engineer, research and development, even internet positions...the list goes on) with qualified, skilled people.