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Our donors recognize the importance of education and professional development in building a successful and fulfilling career in funeral service. Our transformative academic and professional development scholarships and opportunities will help you take your career to the next level, and ignite your passion and purpose.

Academic Scholarships


Dozens of academic scholarships are awarded annually in two application cycles. Scholarships range from $2,500-$5,000 and are open to full-time or part-time students in good standing who are enrolled in ABFSE- or Canadian-accredited institutions/programs. Candidates must be attending classes and actively pursuing a degree in funeral service at the time of application. Academic scholarships are also available for US and Canadian military veterans.

Online applications accepted February 15 – April 1 & September 15 – November 1.

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CANA Scholarships


The Foundation awards over 100 professional development opportunities each year for funeral professionals or students of funeral service to further their careers.

We provide scholarships to the following national events that cover registration fees, hotel stay, and up to $500 in travel reimbursement:

Additionally, the Foundation is proud to support the NFDA’s Meet the Mentors program and National Emerging Leaders Program.

Application requirements and deadlines vary by scholarship.

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Fuel Your Career

Is A Career in Funeral Service Right For You?

Developed by Dr. Thomas Shaw with Southern Illinois University – Carbondale, this brief quiz matches your interests with those attributes that research has shown to make a successful funeral director.

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Scholarship Honor Roll

The Foundation is proud to help new generations of compassionate, dedicated, and skilled funeral service professionals in the United States and Canada. Each of our scholarship award winners bring their unique experience, perspective, and talent to the profession and work to serve grieving communities with care and dignity.

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