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The Marlin Cohrs Emerging Metalsmith Scholarship Fund


The scholarship fund, named in honor of Marlin Cohrs who donated numerous hours of audio/visual support at CoMA conferences for over 15 years, is made available by the continuing support of donations from members, sponsors and fund raising initiatives made by Board members. For 2024 CoMA is pleased to offer at least 8 scholarships  for Emerging Metalsmiths to attend the 2024 Conference: IGNITE FREE of charge (travel and accommodations are NOT included). 

 Marlin Cohrs Emerging Metalsmith Conference Scholarships

In keeping with CoMA's mission, we want to support and foster the professional, educational, and artistic growth of all metalsmiths. The following definition is intended to include emerging metalsmiths of all ages and in support a diversity of paths available in the metalsmithing field.


Applicants should have the goal of developing a metalsmithing career. If you have any questions or need clarification, please contact Kim Harrell, 


Emerging Metalsmith is defined as follows:


- graduated from a full-time or part-time educational program (college, university, technical college, community college, non-traditional school) and/or any other degree, certificate or non-certificate granting program within the last 3 years.


- enrolled full-time or part-time (2 or more classes) in any educational program (college, university, technical college, community college, non-traditional school) and/or any other degree, certificate or non-certificate granting program. 


- having LESS than 3 years of professional experience as a metalsmith.

Application Deadline:  11.59pm, July 17, 2024 or until all scholarships have been awarded.

Priority will be given to CoMA members thru May 15, 2024; non-CoMA members may apply but will not be considered until after May 15, 2024. If you have received an award previously you may apply but first time applicants will be given priority.

Emerging Metalsmith Scholarship recipients will be selected by the current CoMA Conference Committee. 

No documents are officially required. However, we may contact you if we have any questions.

Eligibility Requirements


  • Meet the above definition of Emerging Metalsmith with the goal of growing your metalsmithing career.

  • You do NOT need to be a current CoMA member, however priority is given to current student members through May 15th, 2024.

  • Priority will be given to applicants who ave NOT received a CoMA scholarship in the past. You may still apply if you have been a past recipient.

Application Submission Information

  • Please explain, in the 'Additional Information' section of the form, how you qualify for this scholarship with reference to our definition of 'Emerging Metalsmith' (see above)

  • If you have had this scholarship before, please explain why you still qualify as an 'emerging' metalsmith.

  • Website (optional)

  • Social media link (optional)

Submission form

THANK YOU! We have received your submission and will be in touch within 7 days or less.

Submissions are closed for 2024. Please apply next year if you are still eligible!

We appreciate you taking the time to submit your application. You should hear from the Board President within 7 days about your submission. If you are successful, you will be given a coupon code to use to receive your complimentary Emerging Metalsmith ticket to IGNITE, our July 19-21, 2024 Conference in AURORA, Colorado.

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