Thank you for your interest in our Scholarship program! Make sure to read all the information before applying. To apply, select the appropriate application below to get started. We will contact you two weeks after the application due date to notify you of our decision and any relevant details. As we only have a certain amount of scholarships, we cannot guarantee everyone who applies will receive one. With this being said, our staff will take serious consideration of each application. 

These scholarships were made possible by generous CMA community members.


Stefan Karfakis Scholarships

Stefan Karfakis

Born in Easton Pennsylvania, Stefan grew up passionate about art. As a senior in high school, he was selected to the Pennsylvania Governor’s School of the Arts, and graduated with 9 credits in Art History from Lafayette College. Granted a scholarship, he attended Temple University’s Tyler School for the Arts in Philadelphia.

Stefan established himself as a woodworker and fine furniture craftsman, under the name ‘Open Easy”, in Brooklyn, New York. Living and working in the city, he became an avid collector of books, artwork and amassed a large library and African art collection. While in New York, he also curated numerous art shows and auctions.
No matter the medium, Stefan was a voracious learner, and always strived to learn from masters of their craft. He studied and worked with Peter Galbert, Roy Underhill and Peter Ross among many others.

After years of research and delving into blacksmithing, Stefan moved to Warwick, New York to work at Center for Metal Arts, which had recently come under the leadership of Patrick Quinn. During his time there, Stefan worked as a shop assistant, continued his work with both metal and wood, and became an integral part of the growth and development of Center for Metal Arts.

Scholarship Recipient Cancellation Policy

Students that received a scholarship and can no longer attend their workshop will forfeit their entire scholarship amount including any travel or food stipends. If the student paid separate housing for their workshop, our CMA House refund policy will apply. Center for Metal Arts is not responsible for non-refundable or prepaid travel arrangements.