GAWDA’s Scholarship Program is Open for the 2024-2025 Academic Year

HOLLYWOOD, Florida ‒ The Gases and Welding Distributors Association (GAWDA) Scholarship Program is open for the 2024-2025 academic year. “GAWDA annually awards scholarships to help educate, attract, and keep quality individuals in the welding and gases distribution industry,” said John Ospina, GAWDA Executive Director. The awards will be announced at the Association’s annual Spring Management Conference being held April 17-19 in San Antonio, TX.

With over 130 scholarships awarded since the program began in 2011, it is our pleasure to announce that the GAWDA Scholarship Program has fifteen scholarships of $2,000 each available this year.  The GAWDA Scholarship Program is available to children (18+) and employees of active GAWDA member companies. The goal of the GAWDA Scholarship Program is to promote education within the Gases and Welding Industry.

Your support is needed to keep the scholarship program alive.  For 2024, GAWDA will match member donations, up to $25,000, to support this worthwhile program. Your donation demonstrates to your employees and to fellow members your commitment to advancing education for the future of our industry.

Visit us at for full scholarship program details including the application and donation forms. The application deadline is March 1, 2024.

Please contact Bruce Ellenbogen at 954-367-7728, ext 230 or if you need additional information on the GAWDA Scholarship Program.



For over 75 years, the Gases and Welding Distributors Association (GAWDA) has been dedicated to promoting the safe operation and economic vitality of distributors of industrial gases and related welding equipment supplies. Through its GAWDA Gives Back campaign, association members have donated almost $2 million over the last 23 years to over 20 different charitable organizations in 14 communities across the U.S. Since 2013, GAWDA and its members also have provided scholarships over $430,000 to 130+ young people interested in studies leading to careers in the industry. For more information, visit the association’s website at