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The CWA Foundation has introduced the Post Secondary School Awards program for Canadian welding students.

Thirty-two successful applicants from post-secondary welding programs across Canada were selected to receive scholarships of $2500.00. Candidates submitted applications in late 2014 and those selected for the scholarship were notified in early January 2015.

"It is a fundamental principle of the CWA Foundation to encourage welding students and promote the industry to Canadian youth," says Deborah Mates, executive director of the CWA Foundation. "We are thrilled at the success of the CWA Foundation's Post- Secondary School Awards Program. It was great to see so many students applying. It validated the need for this type of scholarship program in Canada."

Travis Pines, a student from Conestoga College, Ontario, recognizes the value of entering into the Canadian welding industry. "I chose this career path because it was something I knew would be valuable for my future. I worked hard within the welding engineering technician program and have decided to continue my education into welding inspection. The scholarship I received from the CWA Foundation made me realize that I have chosen the right career path in an industry that is well supported."

The CWA Foundation was founded in 2013 and has since continued to engage various Canadian youth demographics in education and promotion of welding. Key groups that the CWA Foundation focuses on include elementary, secondary, and post-secondary schools as well as women, Aboriginal peoples, at-risk-youth, disabled, and visible minorities.

The CWA Foundation has implemented many programs to create awareness and provide support to these individuals including the Mind over Metal welding camp, partnerships with Indspire, an Indigenous youth program, and Liberty for Youth. The CWA Foundation Secondary School Awards Program has also been launched with applications due the end of January, 2015. Efforts to educate and create awareness of the awards program continue across Canada at trade shows, career fairs, schools, and conferences. The onsite Advanced Welding Training Centre located in Milton, ON, is additionally used as a tool to involve and educate local at risk youth.

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