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Applications accepted Sept. 1 – Nov. 30.

Application submissions must include:

1.      A 750-1,000-word essay.

  • Unique questions are asked for each scholarship (outlined below).

2.      Most recent transcript.

  • For newly enrolled students, this transcript may be from a non-ABFSE-accredited institution, i.e. high school or college transcript.

3.      A five-minute video.

  • Please answer both required questions and one optional question (outlined below).
  • Upload your unlisted video to YouTube, and submit the link. (Learn more about this process.)

Scholarship Terms

  • Online submissions only.
  • Scholarships are available to full- and part-time students pursuing a degree in mortuary science from ABFSE-accredited schools. 
  • Applicants may apply for one academic scholarship per cycle.
  • New applicants as well as those who have applied in previous years, but have not been awarded an academic scholarship from the Foundation, are encouraged to apply.
  • Foundation scholarships are subject to available funds, and are not renewable; a Candidate may only receive a Foundation-awarded academic scholarship one time.
  • Foundation academic scholarships are for mortuary science/funeral service study only.
  • Funding is sent directly to the school; under no circumstances will the Funeral Service Foundation make a payment directly to the student.
  • Funding may be used for tuition, fees, books and supplies.
  • Alternates may be selected in the event that a scholarship recipient decides not to accept the award.
  • All award decisions of The Funeral Service Foundation are final.
  • The Foundation has no loan programs, vocational grants or assistance for graduate study available.
  • The Funeral Service Foundation will only confirm receipt of completed applications and reserves the right to eliminate from consideration unsigned or incomplete applications without further notice to the applicant.
  • If a student terminates his or her enrollment in the school for any reason, the remaining/unused balance of the scholarship must be returned to the Foundation only, may not be transferred to another school, and may not be paid to the student personally.
  • Serious protracted illness or injury that would delay participation in the program may be considered reason for holding an award in reserve. Time limits and other restrictions may be set by the Foundation’s Board of Trustees. Other leaves of absence will be considered on an individual basis.
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    Available Scholarships

    Joseph E. Hagan Memorial Scholarship
    In general, two $2,500 scholarships are awarded annually; one scholarship per submission cycle.
    This scholarship is open to open to full- and part-time students of funeral service who are enrolled in an ABFSE-Accredited institution in the current and/or upcoming semester/session.
    In 750-1,000 words, please explain why you chose to enter the funeral service profession and discuss in detail someone who has impacted/influenced your decision to pursue a career in funeral service.
    Dennis Schoepp Memorial Scholarship
    In general, two $1,000 scholarships are awarded per year; one scholarship per cycle.
    This scholarship is open to open to full- and part-time students of funeral service who are enrolled in an ABFSE-Accredited institution in the current and/or upcoming semester/session. Preference will be given to students from MONTANA who INTEND to return to MONTANA after graduation to work in funeral service.
    In 750-1,000 words, please explain why you chose to enter the funeral service profession and describe one of your most meaningful achievements and how it relates to a career in funeral service.
    Memorial Classic Golf Tournament Scholarship
    In general, four $2,500 scholarships are awarded annually; two awards per cycle.
    This scholarship is open to open to full- and part-time students of funeral service who are enrolled in an ABFSE-Accredited institution in the current and/or upcoming semester/session.
    In 750-1,000 words please explain why you chose to enter the funeral service profession and discuss in detail what you foresee as the greatest new opportunity for funeral service.
    Shipley Rose Buckner Memorial Scholarship
    In general, two $2,500 scholarships are awarded annually; one award per cycle.
    .In honor of Shipley's desire to become a funeral director, this scholarship is open to WOMEN who are enrolled (full- or part-time) in an ABFSE-accredited program in the current and/or upcoming semester/session.
    In 750 to 1,000 words, please explain why you chose to enter the funeral service profession and discuss in detail why you think memorialization is essential in today’s society.
    Foundation '45 Academic Scholarship -- NEW THIS YEAR!
    In general, two $2,500 scholarships are awarded annually; one award per cycle.
    This scholarship is open to open to full- and part-time students of funeral service who are enrolled in an ABFSE-Accredited institution in the current and/or upcoming semester/session.
    In 750 to 1,000 words, please explain why you chose to enter the funeral service profession and discuss in detail what makes for a meaningful memorialization.

    Video Submission Information

    • Please answer both required questions and one optional question.
    • Submit one video addressing all three questions. Video should be no longer than five minutes.
    • Upload your unlisted video to YouTube, and submit the link. (Learn more about this process.)

    Video Questions

    Required
    Discuss the skills you possess that will help you in your career in funeral service.
    What is the biggest challenge (or anticipated biggest challenge) that you face when communicating with families during the arrangement conference, and in what ways do you help (or anticipate to help) family members feel comfortable during the arrangement conference?
    Optional
    What do you see as the greatest challenge as you enter your career in funeral service and why? What steps will you take to overcome this challenge?
    Discuss your community involvement and the role in plays in funeral service.
    How do you communicate the emotional value of honoring a loved one's life, and what are a few examples of the most meaningful and personal funeral services you have help families plan?

    Applications accepted Sept. 1 - Nov. 30