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

Academic Scholarships for Students of Funeral Service

Available Academic Scholarships

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

Journey to Serve Scholarship

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.

Hunter M. Harbeson Memorial Academic Scholarship

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.

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.

2021 ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS

EDY BALLARD
EDY BALLARD

Morristown, IN (Vincennes University, Vincennes, IN)
Memorial Classic Scholarship – $2,500

I am honored beyond words to have been chosen for this award! This scholarship inspires me to work even harder to achieve my goals, and it reinforces that I’m on the right path. Now I can relax about paying my Fall tuition. Thank you all!

Katherine Barnes
KATHERINE BARNES

Indianapolis, IN (Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science, Cincinnati, OH)
Foundation ’45 Scholarship – $2,500

This scholarship has helped empower me to continue my hard work toward my goals in funeral service. Support from the Funeral Service Foundation allows me to focus on being engaged and innovative in my career and my community instead of financial pressures.

Samantha Barnes
SAMANTHA JOEY BARNES

Springdale, AR (Mid-America College of Funeral Service, Jeffersonville, IN)
Foundation ’45 Scholarship – $5,000

The decision to leave my current field of education and pursue my dream of becoming a funeral director was a difficult one financially. Now, I feel encouraged by the support of a group of kind individuals. This scholarship is life-changing.

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VANDERBILT BRABSON

The Bronx, NY (American Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Service Education, New York, NY)
Foundation ’45 Scholarship – $2,500

Becoming a recipient of this scholarship is a sign that I am on the right path that my Heavenly Father called me too. I asked the Lord, He would have to pay it off for me to continue this journey. God provides!

TWULEEKA DAVIS
TWULEEKA DAVIS

Detroit, MI (Wayne State University, Detroit, MI)
Foundation ’45 Scholarship – $2,500

Receiving this scholarship has greatly reduced the financial burden and given me a peace of mind and will allow me to continue to pursue my educational dreams. I greatly appreciate your generous financial support and the opportunity to complete both my educational and funeral director dreams.

FRANK FRAGAPANE
FRANK FRAGAPANE

Rome, NY (State University of New York – Canton, Canton, NY)
Steve Land Scholarship – $2,500

I am honored and humbled to be the recipient of the Steve Lang Scholarship Award. As I pursue my goal of becoming a Funeral Director, this scholarship will help ease the financial burden of school and allow me to concentrate on my studies. Thank you for your commitment to me.

HUNTER KELLER
HUNTER KELLER

Billings, MT (Arapahoe Community College, Littleton, CO)
Dennis Schoepp Memorial Scholarship – $2,500

This scholarship is helping me to pursue my dream as a funeral director. For years, I searched for a career that made me feel like I could make a difference. This career gives me the satisfaction of knowing that I can make a difference in people’s lives.

ALICIA KERR
ALICIA KERR

Toronto, ON, Canada (Humber College, Toronto, ON, Canada)
Foundation ’45 Scholarship – $2,500

This scholarship is the difference between success and failure, it will allow me to travel to my internship, help with tuition & remove so much stress off my plate. I couldn’t be more grateful for this opportunity. I am thankful to all of those who have helped me along the way.

SARAH KING
SARAH KING

Corvallis, OR (John A. Gupton College, Nashville, TN)
Foundation ’45 Scholarship – $2,500

Being awarded this scholarship has had a twofold impact in my career in funeral service. In allowing me to become a full time student without the burden of loans. While also being a source of pride that people involved in the industry see my potential and want to support that.

JODI LABUN
JODI LABUN

Kelowna, BC (Canadian College of Funeral Service, Winnipeg, MB, Canada)
Foundation ’45 Scholarship – $2,500

After two years of intense schooling and juggling the demands of career, study and family all within the confines of a global pandemic, this scholarship comes at a perfect time! It is a reminder to me that hard work pays off and that there is much to be thankful for.

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MATTHEW MARTIN

Kenosha, WI (Worsham College of Mortuary Science, Wheeling, IL)
Foundation ’45 Scholarship – $5,000

This scholarship is helping me to pursue my dream as a funeral director. For years, I searched for aI am truly grateful for the honor that has been bestowed upon me. The Foundation ’45 Scholarship is a testimony to the Foundation’s long-standing dedication to supporting the pursuit of excellence in funeral service and I am humbled to now be an ambassador of this mission. Thank you! career that made me feel like I could make a difference. This career gives me the satisfaction of knowing that I can make a difference in people’s lives.

ASHLI MCCALL
ASHLI MCCALL

Tallahassee, FL (St. Petersburg College, St. Petersburg, FL)
Foundation ’45 Scholarship – $2,500

This scholarship is an encouraging representation of professional support, alleviates some of the financial burden associated with higher education, and helps me to gain the knowledge I need, not only to meet the necessary licensure requirements in my state, but ultimately to serve my community with genuine compassion and excellence.

JESSICA MCELLIGOTT
JESSICA MCELLIGOTT

Brooklyn, NY (American Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Service Education, New York, NY)
Foundation ’45 Scholarship – $2,500

I am so proud to be awarded the funeral Service Foundation scholarship. I am changing my career and that is not a comfortable thing to do. This scholarship has given the confidence to know I am making the right choice in becoming a funeral professional.

MIRANDA MEJIA
MIRANDA MEJIA

Brooklyn, NY (State University of New York – Canton, Canton, NY)
Foundation ’45 Scholarship – $2,500

This scholarship means an opportunity. I can focus on my classes 100% with less of a financial burden. This scholarship will allow me to spend my summer doing a practicum with a funeral home to further my education instead of trying to work to pay tuition. Thank you.

MACKENZIE MORTON-REID
MACKENZIE MORTON-REID

York, ON, Canada (Humber College, Toronto, ON, Canada)
Foundation ’45 Scholarship – $2,500

I look forward to striving toward my goals in the Funeral Service profession. This scholarship will help me as I work through my internship, and is a great help and start toward owning my very own funeral home one day in the near future.

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RACHEL NEIMAN

Chicago, IL (Malcolm X College, Chicago, IL)
Foundation ’45 Scholarship – $5,000

Perhaps I’m answering prematurely, I’ve only gotten notice I’ve won thirty minutes ago and still emotional. I think that shows my answer of what it means: A lot. I feel freedom to pursue my career and goals. I feel recognized and I’m entering the profession I’m meant to be in.

RACHEL OERLEMANS
RACHEL OERLEMANS

Bowmanville, ON, Canada (Humber College, Toronto, ON, Canada)
Foundation ’45 Scholarship – $2,500

The Funeral Service Foundation Scholarship has helped me tremendously throughout my journey in funeral service education. Thanks to this scholarship I have been able to not only fulfill, but and go above and beyond my program’s requirements in order to become the best funeral director I can be.

JARED OSWALD
JARED OSWALD

Long Island City, NY (American Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Service Education, New York, NY)
Foundation ’45 Scholarship – $2,500

The acknowledgement of my dedication and passion for the funeral industry with a financial contribution towards my future is humbling and appreciated. Upon receipt of this award, I can greatly expedite my studies towards becoming an accomplished, thoughtful, licensed funeral director to share my service with others in need.

RACHEL PAULSON
RACHEL PAULSON

Coon Rapids, MN (Des Moines Area Community College, Ankeny, IA)
Foundation ’45 Scholarship – $2,500

I am so grateful to be a recipient of this scholarship! Being chosen for this honor further validates that I’m on the right track, and it propels me to learn, serve, and live to the best of my abilities every day.

AMBER PEREZ
AMBER PEREZ

West Allis, WI (Milwaukee Area Technical College, Milwaukee, WI)
Shipley Rose Buckner Memorial Scholarship – $2,500

Receiving this scholarship shows me that someone out there believes in me and believes in the work that I want to do. It gives me even more drive, passion, and determination to excel at what I do and what I want to do. I’ll be forever grateful.

OPAL TATOM
OPAL TATOM

Wichita falls, TX (Dallas Institute of Funeral Service, Dallas, TX)
Foundation ’45 Scholarship – $2,500

Since my government aid ran out this quarter, it has been really hard on not only myself but my family as well. This scholarship opportunity means a world of difference in my education. Completing school is the first step in my journey towards my dream profession in funeral service.

MARY TAYLOR
MARY TAYLOR

Waycross, GA (Ogeechee Technical College, Statesboro, GA)
Foundation ’45 Scholarship – $2,500

This scholarship is valuable to me as it allows me to continue to pursue my dream of following in my father’s footsteps and continuing his legacy as a Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer. I consider it a great honor.

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MICHELINE WALKEY

Sechelt, BC (Canadian College of Funeral Service, Winnipeg, MB, Canada)
Foundation ’45 Scholarship – $5,000

This scholarship is so much more than financial support; it is validation of the hard work I have done and the commitment I am making to the funeral service profession. This scholarship will allow me to continue pursuing my education long after my apprenticeship, and for that I am grateful.

KYLE WIEGEL
KYLE WIEGEL

Chicago, IL (Worsham College of Mortuary Science, Wheeling, IL)
Joseph E. Hagan Memorial Scholarship – $2,500

This scholarship has given me a sense of relief, security, and encouragement. It means that that people believe in me and the future of the funeral industry. I feel that I belong. Thank you.