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MWI Financial Assistance 

​Missouri Welding Institute strives to provide students an unmatched welding education and a solid foundation for the future. Our admissions representatives have over twenty years of combined experience are ready to help you secure funds for tuition and additional living expenses. We’ll guide you through our financial aid program and help you find the best scholarships and grants for your financial situation.  


Contact our admissions department to get started. Prospective students must complete the Class Application Form before receiving assistance. 

MWI accepts state and local scholarships. Please contact an admissions representative with questions, concerns or for additional help.  

American Welding Society (AWS) Scholarships 

​The American Welding Society Foundation awards over $1.5 million in scholarships every year to support programs and ensure the growth and development of the welding industry though research and educational opportunities.  


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​​Department of Higher Education & Workforce Development A+ Scholarship 

The A+ Scholarship Program provides scholarship funds to eligible graduates of A+ designated high schools who attend a participating public community college or vocational/technical school, or certain private two-year vocational/technical schools. MWI approves the $1,000 scholarship for the A+ certification. 


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Gamm Incorporated 

Gamm Incorporated is an adult and youth training, retraining and employment assistance organization serving 15 Missouri counties. Students must qualify according to GAMM standards. Northeast Missouri students only. Visit or call (660) 213-3221


Jerald Brown Welding Scholarship 

Available to residents of Cass County with a GPA of 2.0 to 4.0 can apply for this $500 scholarship. All application materials must be e-mailed or postmarked by April 1, 2021.  


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Missouri Farm Bureau Vocational Scholarship  

The Missouri Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture will award four $500.00 scholarships to those pursuing appropriate certification in fields related to and supportive of agriculture.  


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Missouri Welding Institute Annual Welding Competition 

MWI awards a $1,000 scholarship to each participant of our annual welding competition hosted each January. High school seniors and vo-tech students can compete to win additional welding supplies and scholarship funds. 


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National FFA Scholarships 

Through the National FFA Foundation, businesses and individuals support scholarships are awarded to students with a wide variety of higher education plans and career goals.  


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Golden Arm Scholarship

The Golden Arm Scholarship was established to honor the memory of Bradley Patterson, a graduate of MWI, who passed away from complications of a brain surgery. Each year this scholarship will be awarded to a post-traditional or adult student who completes their MWI certifications and received their diploma. Scholarship recipients are expected to use their resources wisely and uphold a high standard of work ethic.

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Grant agencies have individual methods of determining eligibility and must be contacted directly by the applicant. Please contact the MWI admissions department for referrals to the agency office or case worker.  

National FFA Scholarships 

The National FFA Foundation provide grants through local engagement programs to help high school students with higher education goals.  


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SER Corporation National Farmworker and Jobs Program (NFJP) 

SER Corporation is the direct grantee for the National Farmworker Jobs Program (NFJP) in Kansas. Applicants must be a resident of Kansas and have worked in agriculture within the last two years to apply.  


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Contact Henry Coronado: (620) 682-0008 

Workforce Investment Act (WIA) 

Grant through local career centers. Students must qualify according to WIA standards. Call us and we will locate an office near you. 


SkillUP is a free program that helps Food Stamp (SNAP) recipients get help with skills, training and employer connections. Grants are distributed through local career centers. Find a provider near you to learn more.  



UMOS is a non-profit advocacy organization that provides programs and services which improve the employment, educational, health and housing opportunities of under-served population. Students must have recent farm work experience to qualify.  


Contact Mary Kay Merling to learn more. 

Office: 660-259-3432  Cell: 816-714-4333 


Vocational Rehabilitation  

The Missouri Vocational Rehabilitation program assists eligible persons with disabilities in obtaining and maintaining quality employment. Contact a district office near you to determine if you are eligible. 


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Fast Track Workforce Incentive Grant

The Fast Track Workforce Incentive Grant is a program designed to provide adults with the education and skills needed to enter the workforce in fields that are in high demand.

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Sallie Mae Student Loan

Sallie Mae offers private student loans and other financial products that offer students and families free tools and information to help them plan and pay for school and build good credit. Students must have a start and completion date at MWI before applying.  


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  • Call: (877) 279-7172 

  • When to apply: Students can apply up to 300 days prior to the student's start date. 

  • Borrower and Co-Borrower Eligibility: U.S. citizens, U.S. permanent residents, and non-U.S. citizens, including DACA students residing in and attending school in the U.S. Interest rates vary depending on Borrowers and Co-Borrowers credit score.  

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  • Loan Limits: Minimum: $1,000. Maximum up to 100% of the school-certified cost of attendance, unless other aid received. No aggregate limit. Pay expenses such as tuition, fees, books, housing, meals and travel. 

  • Repayment Terms: Repayment terms vary based on repayment option, cumulative Sallie Mae Loan balance, and year in school. A standard term is 10 years with no penalty for early payoff. 

  • Grace Period: Full principal and interest repayments begin 6 months after the student graduates or ceases to be enrolled at least half-time. 


Sallie Mae Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) 

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US Department of Labor Veteran & Military Transition Center (GI Bill) 

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US Department of Labor Vocational Scholarship  

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