Now accepting applications and submissions for Academic Scholarships, NFDA Professional Women’s Conference Scholarships and Career Awards

Brookfield, Wis. – The Funeral Service Foundation has launched the Foundation ’45 Awards, which are offered on the premise that access to solid education and resources can help funeral service professionals propel their career to the next level. The awards include an expanded array of academic scholarships, the newly created Career Awards, and NFDA Professional Women’s Conference Scholarships.

These transformative scholarships, professional development opportunities, and mission-focused resources can help funeral service professionals unlock their potential throughout every stage of their career.

Academic Scholarships
Awarded twice a year, the Funeral Service Foundation now offers up to 12 scholarships, ranging from $1,000-$2,500, to full- and part-time students pursuing a degree in mortuary science from ABFSE-accredited schools. Available scholarships include the Foundation ’45 Academic Scholarship; the Shipley Rose Buckner, Joseph E. Hagan and Dennis Schoepp Memorial Scholarships; and the Memorial Classic Golf Tournament Scholarship.

“We’re honored to offer a record number of academic scholarships this year,” said Stephanie Kann, chair of the Foundation Scholarship Sub-Committee. “Our additions include the newly-created Foundation ’45 Academic Scholarship, which honors our roots, and a record four Memorial Classic Golf Tournament Scholarships.”

The Foundation is looking for applicants who demonstrate a passion for the funeral service profession that sets them apart from other candidates. The best applications are those in which students provide examples that show how they care about making a positive impact in their career. Those interested may apply online at The application deadline is March 30.

NFDA Professional Women’s Conference Scholarships
The Foundation is also accepting applications for its NFDA Professional Women’s Conference Scholarships. Designed to support career development for women in funeral service by offsetting the costs associated the annual conference, the scholarships cover the recipients’ conference registration fees, and provide up to a $1,000 travel and accommodation stipend. This year’s conference will be held April 7-9 in Franklin, Tenn. Those interested may apply online at The application deadline is February 15.

Career Awards
New this year, the Foundation will allocate up to 60 Career Awards to licensed funeral directors across the profession. Career Awards underwrite registration fees for a single National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) Cremation Certification, Arranger Training or Certified Preplanning Consultant training seminar of the recipient’s choosing.

“Generous donor support has allowed us to expand our reach and help a greater number of funeral directors access career-fueling professional development opportunities,” said Danelle O’Neill, executive director of the Funeral Service Foundation. “We’re thrilled to roll out the Career Awards and help funeral directors take their careers to the next level.”

Information about each of these innovative training programs is available on the NFDA website, Those interested may submit their names online at Names will be drawn in April, June and October. Recipients will have one year to redeem their career award. The Foundation will accept names throughout the year.