Brookfield, Wis. – The Funeral Service Foundation is expanding its Foundation ’45 Awards to include up to 10 scholarships for licensed funeral directors to attend the 2019 NFDA International Convention & Expo in Chicago, October 27-30, 2019. Scholarships cover registration and event fees, and three nights standard accommodation in a convention hotel.

“We take our role to support funeral directors throughout their career very seriously,” says 2018-19 Funeral Service Foundation Chair Bob Arrington. “Education has been a Foundation cornerstone for three generations, and NFDA’s annual convention provides funeral directors with engaging and dynamic opportunities to network, learn and discover. Whether you’re newly licensed, or have been serving families and communities for years, we encourage you to apply.”

Available to NFDA members and non-members, the scholarships are intended for licensed funeral directors who plan to attend the entire three-day event. Those interested can review full submission requirements, scholarship terms and guidelines online, and are asked to submit a brief video and essay by the August 1 application deadline.

“The NFDA Convention & Expo is the largest event of its kind in the world, and we’re proud to have the Foundation’s support,” says Christine Pepper, chief executive officer of NFDA.  “The convention brings together thousands of funeral service professionals around the globe for the best networking and educational opportunities in our profession. Put simply, if you work in funeral service, this is an event you do not want to miss.”

The scholarships are part of the Foundation ’45 Awards, which help make education accessible to more than 250 funeral service professionals each year through academic and professional development scholarships, and continuing education awards and opportunities. Dates and deadlines vary. Learn more and apply online.