NFDA Professional Women’s Conference Scholarships 2018-02-19T10:14:28+00:00


Since 2002 generous donor support has allowed the Foundation award scholarships to help bring together the women of funeral service who are making a difference in the profession and in the communities they serve. NFDA’s Professional Women’s Conference offers women of funeral service an opportunity come together to network, collaborate and learn from one another. The 2018 Conference will be held April 13-15 at One Ocean Resort & Spa in Atlantic Beach, Florida.

Winners will be announced in the coming weeks.


  • This scholarship is intend for women of funeral service only.
  • The scholarship is open to women who are verifiably employed in funeral service or a related occupation; or a student of funeral service enrolled in an ABFSE-accredited program.
  • Past recipients of Funeral Service Foundation scholarships for the NFDA Professional Women’s Conference are ineligible.
  • Scholarships will be awarded without regard to race, religious beliefs, age, national origin, or disability.

Submission Requirements

  • Each candidate is required to submit a 750 to 1,000-word essay and a brief video.
  • DEADLINE: February 15.


If selected, your scholarship covers registration & event fees, and a $1,000 travel & accommodation stipend.

Terms & Guidelines

  • Scholarships are not renewawable and a candidate may only receive this award once.
  • Recipients are required to attend all conference functions, and should plan travel accordingly.
  • If unable to attend designated scholarship events, the scholarship recipient will forfeit her scholarship for that year, but may apply in subsequent years.
  • All scholarships are subject to available funds.
  • All award decisions of the Funeral Service Foundation are final.
  • Alternates may be selected in the event that a scholarship recipient decides not to accept the award.
  • Only completed applications will be considered. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
  • The Funeral Service Foundation reserves the right to eliminate from consideration incomplete applications without further notice to the applicant.

Essay Requirements

  • Total word count should not exceed 1,000 words.
  • Both questions must be answered; incomplete essays will not be considered.
  • Please include your name in your essay file name.
  • Please include page numbers, essay word count and file name in your essay footer.
  • ONLY pdf files can be accepted.
  • You will be asked to upload your document with your submission.

 Essay Questions

  1. Why did you choose to enter the funeral service profession?
  2. Please list and explain up to three reasons for wanting to attend the Professional Women’s Conference.

Video Requirements

  • Submit one video addressing both questions. Video should be no longer than five minutes.
  • Upload your unlisted video to YouTube, and submit the link. (Learn more about this process.)
  • Be sure to test your video submission and make sure it is not marked as private.

Video Questions

  1. Which professional accomplishment has given you the greatest satisfaction and why?
  2. Please discuss your role as a mentor or a mentee and the role this relationship has played your career.