Hugh A. Krentz Student Award

Established in 2015 to honour the contributions of Hugh A. Krentz as a member of the CWB Group Board of Directors from 1979 through 2010


Hugh A. Krentz Student Award

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The Hugh A. Krentz Student Award is a national award established in 2015 to honour his contributions as a member of the CWB Group Board of Directors and his passion and leadership related to the development and use of construction standards. These contributions made a significant impact in protecting public safety. In addition to his service on the CWB Group Board of Directors, he also served as president of the Canadian Institute of Steel Construction from 1978 to 2001 and as the Chairman of the Standards Council of Canada from 2001 to 2011.

This award will be given to a Canadian student entering their final year of study in a minimum two-year welding undergraduate program who shows exemplary academic excellence, a demonstrated passion for welding and career interest in the welding industry.


To be eligible to apply for the award, applicants must meet the following criteria:

Entering their final year of study in a full-time, minimum 2 year recognized Canadian post-secondary institution in one of the following programs/fields of study:

  1. Welding Technician
  2. Welding Engineering Technology
  3. Welding Engineering Technicians
  4. Welding (Fabrication) Technicians
  5. Welding Specialist Engineering Techniques
  6. Manufacturing Engineering Technology
  7. Welding Engineering
  8. Mechanical, Materials or Civil Engineering with a focus or specialization in welding


Complete the online application form in its entirety. You will require the following in order to do so:

  • 2 personal references (cannot be a family member)
  • A written essay (minimum 1,000 words) describing as a minimum:
    1. What has led you to choose this field of study;
    2. Your academic achievements and awards;
    3. Why you believe welding / construction standards are important ;
    4. Any related  volunteer and/or work experience; and,
    5. Your future career goals.
  • A minimum of one (1) letter of recommendation from a supervising faculty member of your  learning institution relating to your activities in welding, your academic performance and suitability for the award.
  • A minimum of one (1) letter of recommendation from a person of the students choosing relating to the student’s activities in welding, his/her character, and suitability for the award.
  • A current official transcript with all available program marks / assessments for the enrolled program of studyWeighting of the academic performance and essay criteria is as follows:
Academic achievement and awards (minimum 85% average) 40
Welding related volunteer or work experience 10
Strength of essay in describing career goals and interest in a career in the industry 10
Strength of essay in describing why you believe welding / construction standards are important for the Canadian public 30
Overall essay – grammatically correct, free of errors; presentation 10

Selection Process

Applications will be reviewed by an advisory panel. Funding decisions are the responsibility of the CWB Welding Foundation and are approved by its independent Board of Directors.

Expectations of Recipient

All applicants must confirm their agreement with the following expectations should they be a recipient of the award:

  • Recipients must agree to be publicly acknowledged and recognized.
  • Recipients must agree to include their name and photograph in any internal and/or external communications or marketing collateral that the CWB Welding Foundation deems appropriate.
  • Recipients must agree to the publication of their essay at the full discretion of the CWB Welding Foundation.

Award Amount

Successful applicants will receive up to $3,000 toward continuing studies.

Key Dates

Applications Open: March 1, 2023
Deadline for Applications: June 30, 2023
Applicants to be notified by July 30, 2023
Funds to be distributed to Post-Secondary Institution by August 31, 2023


Application Form

Fill out our application form here