Unlock Your Potential
Our donors recognize the importance of education and professional development in building a successful and fulfilling career in funeral service.
Our transformative academic and professional development scholarships and opportunities can help you take your career to the next level.
Whether you’re seeking scholarships, professional development or tools to help you engage your families and community, we can equip you with the resources to help you succeed.
Meet the Mentors
This exclusive program offers NFDA members under 40 (or those new to the profession and licensed fewer than five years) the unique opportunity to learn from the profession’s top funeral directors in an intimate setting.
The Foundation has supported this initiative since its 2011 inception. Since then, more than 600 funeral service professionals have learned from the profession’s finest practitioners. The Foundation underwrites program fees, lodging and select meals.
Professional Women’s Conference Scholarships
NFDA’s Professional Women’s Conference offers women of funeral service an opportunity come together to network, collaborate and learn from one another.
Now accepting applications for NFDA’s Professional Women’s Conference
EXTENDED Deadline: February 20
Tools & Resources
The Foundation offers a suite of tools designed to help you thrive in your career.
Career Development Awards
Available to licensed funeral directors looking to grow through professional development and continuing education, Career Development Awards underwrite registration fees for a single NFDA Cremation Certification, Arranger Training or Certified Preplanning Consultant (CPC) session of recipient’s choosing. Up to 60 names are selected each year. Names are drawn three times per year.
Submission Deadline: Year-round
Up to 18 academic scholarships are awarded annually in two application cycles. Scholarships range from $2,500-$5,000 and are available to full-and part-time students of mortuary science enrolled in abfse-accredited schools.
NEW THIS YEAR, select $1,000 scholarships are available to students enrolled in Canadian mortuary science institutions.
Applications accepted Feb. 15-March 31, and Sept. 15-Nov. 30.