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Let Us Help You Access a Great Education in Funeral Service

Access to a great education is one of the central tenets of the Foundation’s mission of investing in people and programs to strengthen funeral service and lift up grieving communities. Each year, the Foundation offers dozens of academic scholarships 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. Students who have been accepted into a program, but have not started coursework are not yet eligible to apply.

Submission Cycles

Applications Accepted February 15-April 1 & September 15-November 1

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Academic Scholarship Winner

“I am so thankful and grateful for this scholarship. The financial support of my education means so much. I am looking forward to serving as a funeral director in my home state of Michigan after graduation and am humbled to have the opportunity to serve families in the near future.”

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Mia Wielenga

2019-20 Academic Scholarship Winner
Worsham College of Mortuary Science
Wheeling, IL

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Academic Scholarships for Students of Funeral Service

Available Academic Scholarships

Bob Horn Scholarship
NEW THIS YEAR! Named in honor of Foundation Past Chair Bob Horn, who was awarded the Foundation’s first-ever Distinguished Service Award in 2021.

Dennis Schoepp Memorial Scholarship
Preference will be given to students from MONTANA who INTEND to return to MONTANA after graduation to work in funeral service, and who are also affiliated with a Montana Funeral Directors Association Member Firm (MFDA). In addition to Foundation submission requirements, students interested in the Dennis Schoepp Memorial Scholarship must also submit a letter of reference/support from an MFDA Member Firm to MFDA (info@montananfda.org).

Foundation ’45 Scholarship
Named in honor of the year the Foundation was established – 1945.

Joseph E. Hagan Memorial Scholarship
Named in memory of one of the profession’s finest.

Memorial Classic Scholarship
Made possible with proceeds from the annual Memorial Classic Golf Tournament.

Shipley Rose Buckner Memorial Scholarship
In honor of Shipley’s desire to become a funeral director, this scholarship is open to women.

Steve Lang Scholarship
Named in honor of Homesteaders’ former CEO, Steve Lang.

SCI National Scholarship Program
We also promote the Brenda Renee Horn and Steve Mack Memorial Scholarships in partnership with the SCI National Scholarship Program. Please direct any questions regarding SCI’s scholarship program to Campus.Relations@sci-us.com.

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SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Essay & Video
Each candidate is required to answer five questions in no more than 250 words per question, and submit a brief video, no longer than two minutes.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

When you submit your application, you’ll also be required to upload:

  • Your most recent transcripts from your ABFSE- or Canadian-accredited institution.
  • A letter of good standing from an instructor or program director.
  • A letter of recommendation.

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  • Online submissions only.
  • Scholarships 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.
  • PLEASE NOTE: Students who are enrolled, but have not yet begun coursework at the time of application, are not yet eligible to apply.
  • New applicants as well as those who have applied in previous years, but have not been awarded an academic scholarship from the Foundation, are encouraged to apply.
  • Foundation scholarships are subject to available funds, and are not renewable; a Candidate may only receive a Foundation-awarded academic scholarship one time.
  • Foundation academic scholarships are for mortuary science/funeral service study only.
  • Funding is sent directly to the school; under no circumstances will the Funeral Service Foundation make a payment directly to the student.
  • Funding may be used for tuition, fees, books and supplies.
  • Alternates may be selected in the event that a scholarship recipient decides not to accept the award.
  • The Foundation has no loan programs, vocational grants or assistance for graduate study available.
  • The Funeral Service Foundation will only confirm receipt of completed applications and reserves the right to eliminate from consideration unsigned or incomplete applications without further notice to the applicant.
  • If a student terminates his or her enrollment in the school for any reason, the remaining/unused balance of the scholarship must be returned to the Foundation only, may not be transferred to another school, and may not be paid to the student personally.
  • Serious protracted illness or injury that would delay participation in the program may be considered reason for holding an award in reserve. Time limits and other restrictions may be set by the Foundation’s Board of Trustees. Other leaves of absence will be considered on an individual basis.
  • All award decisions of The Funeral Service Foundation are final.

ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIPS FOR VETERANS

CONTINUE YOUR JOURNEY TO SERVE

The Funeral Service Foundation, in partnership with the ICCFA Educational Foundation, offers academic scholarships to United States and Canadian military veterans, as part of the Journey to Serve initiative. Offered twice a year, scholarships range from $2,500-$5,000 and are available to military veterans who are 18 years of age or older at the time of application and who are currently enrolled (or accepted into) in an ABFSE-accredited funeral service program.

SUBMISSION CYCLES

Applications Accepted:
February 15 – April 1
September 15 – November 1

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Scholarships for Veterans

AVAILABLE SCHOLARSHIPS FOR MILITARY VETERANS

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The $5,000 scholarship, awarded twice a year, is designed to help US and Canadian military veterans continue their call of duty in a funeral service or deathcare career honoring the values revered in every branch of the military: Respect, dedication, and commitment to community.

Eligibility

This scholarship is open to military veterans who are legal residents of the United States or Canada who are eighteen (18) years of age or older at the time of application and who are currently accepted into or currently enrolled in an ABFSE- or Canadian-accredited funeral service program.

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The $2,500 scholarship, awarded twice a year, is named in memory Hunter M. Harbeson, who, like generations before him, including his father Jeff “The Funeral Commander” Harbeson, served in the United States military, and continued his journey to serve in a career in funeral service and deathcare.

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Eligibility

Open to military veterans who are legal residents of the United States who are eighteen (18) years of age or older at the time of application and who are currently accepted into or currently enrolled in an ABFSE-accredited funeral service program.

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SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Essay & Video
Each candidate is required to answer five questions in no more than 250 words per question, and submit a brief video, no longer than two minutes.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

When you submit your application, you’ll also be required to upload:

  • A letter of enrollment or a letter of good standing from an ABFSE- or Canadian accredited institution.
  • Most recent academic transcript.
  • An overview of military service.

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  • Online submissions only.
  • Journey to Serve Academic Scholarships are open to military veterans who are legal residents of the United States or Canada who are eighteen (18) years of age or older at the time of application and who are currently accepted into or currently enrolled in an ABFSE-accredited funeral service program.
  • Hunter M. Harbeson Memorial Academic Scholarships are open to military veterans who are legal residents of the United States who are eighteen (18) years of age or older at the time of application and who are currently accepted into or currently enrolled in an ABFSE-accredited funeral service program.
  • Scholarships are offered in partnership between the Funeral Service Foundation and the ICCFA Educational Foundation, as part of the Journey to Serve Initiative.
  • The Funeral Service Foundation offers additional academic scholarships. A candidate may be eligible for, and may apply for, other Funeral Service Foundation academic scholarships, but may only receive one Funeral Service Foundation academic scholarship, regardless of program.
  • Canadian military veterans are eligible to apply for the FSAC (Funeral Service Association of Canada) National Scholarship, which is an academic scholarship available to any registered student attending any recognized Canadian Funeral Service Education program on a full-time basis and in good academic standing.
  • Journey to Serve Academic Scholarship recipients and Hunter M. Harbeson Memorial Academic Scholarship recipients are not eligible to receive additional academic scholarships from the Funeral Service Foundation.
  • The ICCFA Educational Foundation does not offer additional academic scholarships.
  • Students may be eligible for additional professional development scholarships offered by the Funeral Service Foundation, the ICCFA Educational Foundation, and the Funeral Service Association of Canada.
  • Those who have previously applied for, but did not receive, a Funeral Service Foundation academic scholarship are encouraged to apply again.
  • Journey to Serve Academic Scholarships and Hunter M. Harbeson Memorial Academic Scholarships are subject to available funds, and are not renewable.
  • Journey to Serve Academic Scholarships and Hunter M. Harbeson Memorial Academic Scholarships are for mortuary science/funeral service academic study only.
  • Funding is sent directly to the school; under no circumstances will the Funeral Service Foundation or the ICCFA Educational Foundation make a payment directly to the student.
  • Funding may be used for tuition, fees, books, and supplies.
  • Alternates may be selected if a scholarship recipient declines the award.
  • No loan programs, vocational grants or assistance for graduate study are available from the Funeral Service Foundation or the ICCFA Educational Foundation.
  • The Funeral Service Foundation and the ICCFA Educational Foundation will only confirm receipt of completed applications and reserve the right to eliminate from consideration unsigned or incomplete applications without further notice to the applicant.
  • If a student terminates his or her enrollment in the school for any reason, the remaining/unused balance of the scholarship must be returned to the Funeral Service Foundation and the ICCFA Educational Foundation only, and may not be transferred to another school, and may not be paid to the student personally.
  • Serious protracted illness or injury that would delay participation in the program may be considered reason for holding an award in reserve. Time limits and other restrictions may be set by the Funeral Service Foundation and the ICCFA Educational Foundation. Other leaves of absence will be considered on an individual basis.
  • All award decisions of the Funeral Service Foundation and the ICCFA Educational Foundation are final.

2022 ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS

Spring Recipients

2022 Schol Sevin Antley

Sevin Antley
Minneapolis, MN
University of Minnesota
Foundation ’45 Scholarship
$2,500

2022 Schol Arndt Sheri

Sheri Arndt
Lethbridge, AB
Canadian College of Funeral Service
Foundation ’45 Scholarship
$2,500

2022 Schol Beckwith Jamie

Jamie Beckwith
Plymouth, IN

Worsham College of Mortuary Science
Foundation ’45 Scholarship
$5,000

2022 Schol Bowe Rebeka

Rebekah Bowe
West St. Paul, MB
Canadian College of Funeral Service
Foundation ’45 Scholarship
$5,000

2022 Schol Brockhous Brady

Brady Brockhaus
Creighton, NE
Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service
Memorial Classic Scholarship
$2,500

2022 Schol Cabrera Jesenia

Jesenia Cabrera
Springfield, MA
Goodwin University
Foundation ’45 Scholarship
$2,500

2022 Schol Corbett Kamieka

Kamieka Corbett
Circle Pines, MN
University of Minnesota
Foundation ’45 Scholarship
$2,500

2022 Schol Delgado Mel

Mel Delgado
Norman, OK
University of Central Oklahoma
Foundation ’45 Scholarship
$5,000

2022 Schol DSouza Amabel

Amabel D’souza
Edmonton, AB
Mount Royal University
Bob Horn Scholarship
$5,000

2022 Schol Fletcher Amy

Amy Fletcher
Seymour, IN
Worsham College of Mortuary Science
Foundation ’45 Scholarship
$2,500

2022 Schol Foreman Luke

Luke Foreman
Bozeman, MT
Dallas Institute of Funeral Service
Dennis Schoepp Memorial Scholarship
$5,000

2022 Schol Gonzalez Adam

Adam Gonzalez
Oak Lawn, IL
Worsham College of Mortuary Science
Foundation ’45 Scholarship
$2,500

2022 Schol Guertin Cheryl

Cheryl Guertin
Waterbury, CT
Goodwin University
Foundation ’45 Scholarship
$2,500

2022 Schol Hamlin Molly

Molly Hamlin
Akron, OH
PIMS-Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science
Foundation ’45 Scholarship
$5,000

2022 Schol Heald Nicole

Nicole Heald
Rock Island, IL
Carl Sandburg College
Foundation ’45 Scholarship
$2,500

2022 Schol Holdeman Nicholas

Nicholas Holdeman
Ames, OK
University of Central Oklahoma
Foundation ’45 Scholarship
$5,000

2022 Schol Jackson Rhoades Izzy

Izzy Jackson-Rhoades
Lafayette, IN
Worsham College of Mortuary Science
Foundation ’45 Scholarship
$2,500

2022 Schol Jenkins Candace

Candace Jenkins
Greenville, SC
Piedmont Technical College
Foundation ’45 Scholarship
$5,000

2022 Schol Kent Jessica

Jessica Kent
Lombard, IL
Worsham College of Mortuary Science
Foundation ’45 Scholarship
$2,500

2022 Schol Lundquist Jason

Jason Lundquist
Clifton, TX
Northeast Texas Community College
Foundation ’45 Scholarship
$2,500

2022 Schol Pauls Aaron

Aaron Pauls
Manhattan, KS
Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service
Steve Lang Scholarship
$2,500

2022 Schol Pellegrini Aaron

Aaron Pellegrini
Yerington, NV
American Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Service Education
Foundation ’45 Scholarship
$5,000

2022 Schol Peterson Brett

Brett Peterson
West Fargo, ND
PIMS-Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science
Foundation ’45 Scholarship
$2,500

2022 Schol Rankine Shirley

Shirley Rankine
Irving, TX
Dallas Institute of Funeral Service
Foundation ’45 Scholarship
$2,500

2022 Schol Scheck Ali

Ali Scheck
Kelowna, BC
British Columbia Funeral Association and Funeral Service Association of BC
Joseph E. Hagan Memorial Scholarship
$5,000

2022 Schol Schwinkendorf Natalie

Natalie Schwinkendorf
Laporte, IN
Worsham College of Mortuary Science
Foundation ’45 Scholarship
$2,500

2022 Schol Smith Molly

Molly Smith
Coldwater, MI
Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science
Foundation ’45 Scholarship
$2,500

2022 Schol Smith Rachel

Rachel Smith
Wilmington, NC
Fayetteville Technical Community College
Shipley Rose Buckner Memorial Scholarship
$2,500

2022 Schol Webb Amy

Amy Webb
Wichita, KS
Des Moines Area Community College
Foundation ’45 Scholarship
$2,500