Brookfield, Wis.  – The Funeral Service Foundation is now accepting online academic scholarship applications at The annual awards range from $1,000 to $5,000 per scholarship, and are intended for the fall term. Full- and part-time students enrolled in ABFSE-accredited mortuary science programs are encouraged to apply online by the August 15, 2016, deadline.

Since 1945 the Funeral Service Foundation has fueled the careers of more than 6,000 funeral service professionals in alignment with its mission to fund projects and programs that support all of funeral service in building meaningful relationships in the community.

“Scholarships have been a Foundation cornerstone for three generations because our supporters understand that all funeral service students deserve access to a great education,” said Foundation Executive Director Danelle O’Neill.  “Our donors believe that an investment in these up-and-coming leaders is an investment in the future of funeral service.”

The Foundation currently offers the Joseph E. Hagan Memorial Scholarship, the Memorial Classic Golf Tournament Scholarship, the Dennis Schoepp Memorial Scholarship and the Shipley Rose Buckner Memorial Scholarship. The Foundation also promotes the Brenda Renee Horn Memorial Scholarship in partnership with the SCI National Scholarship Program.

The online application process includes an essay component and, new this year, a brief video submission. Comprehensive application instructions, eligibility requirements and scholarship terms and guidelines are available at

“It’s our honor to award these annual scholarships to students embarking on their first career as well as those forging a new path in funeral service,” said Foundation Trustee and Scholarship Committee Chair Stephanie Kann. “The application’s video and essay components enable us to really understand the candidates and gives applicants ample opportunity to showcase their passion and dedication to serving families in need.”

In addition to its academic scholarship offerings, the Foundation awards continuing education scholarships to attend NFDA’s annual Professional Women’s Conference and has funded the association’s Meet the Mentors program since its beginning in 2011.

For more information on the Foundation’s education initiatives, and on how to contribute to or establish a scholarship fund visit


About the Funeral Service Foundation –

Since 1945, the Funeral Service Foundation has served as the profession’s philanthropic voice. As the charitable arm of the National Funeral Directors Association since 1997, the Foundation receives operational support from NFDA and donors across the profession to help advance its mission to fund projects and programs that support all of funeral service in building meaningful relationships in the community.