A scholarship is for improving a member’s blacksmithing skills and ideally to bring to the CBA membership skills or techniques from a different perspective. It is limited to supporting a member’s blacksmithing education by participating in a course at an approved school or workshop. Eligibility is more relaxed than the CBA Grants. The maximum amount awarded is $1000 toward the cost of the course plus room and board at the school or workshop facility. Travel costs are not included in a Scholarship. CBA Conferences do not fit the purposes of a Scholarship. Scholarship participants share at least part of what they have learned either as an article in a CBA publication or as a demonstration at a CBA event.
1. Before applying for a Scholarship, the applicant must be a CBA member in good standing for at least six months.
2. Complete the CBA Scholarship Application form as thoroughly as possible. Send the completed application form as an email attachment to email@example.com
3. Once the application is reviewed, the Grants and Scholarships Committee will reply with a request for clarification or will let you know that the application has been submitted to the CBA Board.
4. Scholarships will be considered at the next board meeting. The CBA Board meets about 6 times per year.
5. A minimum of two months lead-time should be expected from initial submission to the time the funds are disbursed; up to 4 months delay can occur depending on the timing of Board meetings.
6. New applicants have priority over repeat applicants. CBA Officers and Board members are not precluded from participation in this program but the conflict-of-interest process must be scrupulously observed.
7.Before disbursing any funding, the applicant and the Grants and Scholarship Committee will create a written agreement detailing the educational contributions you promise to provide with associated timelines. Once this is signed, funds will be released.
8. Scholarship grants are intended to offset the costs of classes. The funds are sent by CBA to the approved school, not to the recipient unless other arrangements are approved by the Board.