Funeral Service Foundation to Award NFDA Professional Women’s Conference Scholarships

Brookfield, Wis. – The Funeral Service Foundation, through its Foundation ’45 Awards, is now accepting online applications for NFDA Professional Women’s Conference Scholarships. The application deadline is February 15.

Designed to support career development for women in funeral service by offsetting the costs associated with the annual conference, the scholarships cover conference registration fees, and provide travel and accommodation stipends of up to $1,000. This year’s conference will be held April 13 – 15 in Atlantic Beach, Florida.

“Generous donor support has allowed us to take a leading role in making continuing education accessible to funeral service professionals,” said Foundation Executive Director, Danelle O’Neill. “The Foundation has awarded more than 120 NFDA Professional Women’s Conference Scholarships since 1998, and we are honored to celebrate twenty years of supporting this impactful event.”

Up to 10 scholarships will be awarded to applicants who value the role continuing education plays in career development, and who demonstrate a passion for the funeral service profession that sets them apart from other candidates. Submission requirements include an essay (750-1,000 words), and new this year, a brief video component. All women of funeral service, from students to longtime professionals, are invited to apply online for the annual scholarship.

NFDA Professional Women’s Conference Scholarships are part of the Foundation ’45 Awards, which help funeral directors take their careers to the next level by unlocking their potential through transformative academic and professional development scholarships and opportunities.

“Attending the NFDA Professional Women’s Conference made me a stronger funeral director, manager and funeral service representative in the community I serve,” said Lisa Hedges Bacon, 2017 NFDA Professional Women’s Conference Scholarship recipient and general manager of Stockdale-Moody Funeral Services in Rogers, Arkansas. “No doubt, every life that I touch benefits from the personal growth I experienced.”