The Funeral Service Foundation awards NFDA Convention & Expo scholarships to funeral directors licensed in the US or Canada. Valued at up to $2,200, each scholarship covers full registration fees, three nights of lodging at a host hotel, and up to $500 in travel reimbursement.


The NFDA International Convention & Expo is the premier networking and education event for funeral service professionals across the US. Learn from profession leaders during our daily keynote presentations, connect with other funeral professionals and learn from one another’s experiences, and take advantage of exclusive offers while exploring the latest in products and services from leading suppliers.
  • This scholarship is intended only for licensed funeral service professionals who plan to attend the NFDA International Convention & Expo.
  • Funeral directors may be licensed in the US or Canada.
  • Recipients of other Funeral Service Foundation scholarships may apply.
  • Those who have already registered for the Convention may apply.
  • Scholarships will be awarded without regard to race, religious beliefs, age, national origin, or disability.
  • Scholarships are available to NFDA members and non-members.
  • Scholarships are not renewable and a candidate may only receive this award once.
  • If unable to attend designated scholarship events, the scholarship recipient will forfeit his or her scholarship for that year, but may apply in subsequent years.
  • All scholarships are subject to available funds.
  • All award decisions of the Funeral Service Foundation are final.
  • Alternates may be selected in the event that a scholarship recipient decides not to accept the award.
  • Only completed applications will be considered. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
  • The Funeral Service Foundation reserves the right to eliminate from consideration incomplete applications without further notice to the applicant.
  • Recipients will be notified via email.
  • Convention presenters are not eligible for NFDA Convention scholarships at the bottom of Terms and Guidelines
Convention Scholarship Text


June 3 – July 24

Answer five questions in no more than 250 words per question and submit a brief video, no longer than two minutes.



Krystle Ballance
Cropo Funeral Chapel,
Winnipeg, MB Canada

Christine Banks
Caldwell and Cowan,
Covington, GA

Kevin Byron
Carnes Funeral Home,
Texas City, TX

Megan Fischer
Care Center Cremation & Burial,
San Diego, CA

Katie George
Washburn McReavy Funeral Chapels,
Minneapolis, MN

Bridget Halfyard
Pierson’s Funeral Service,
Calgary, AB, Canada

Cyrise Hall
Forest Lawn Funeral Home and Cemetery,
London, ON, Canada

Bryan Harper
Kiser Funeral Home,
Cheraw, SC

Rachel Hauck
Harvey-Engelhardt Funeral & Cremation Services
Fort Myers, FL

Gina Hooper
Cañada College,
Redwood City, CA

Lindsay Huffman
Baue Cave Springs,
St. Charles, MO

Dominique Johnson
The House of Johnson Funeral Home,
Detroit, MI

Ashley Kroll
A.H. Peters Funeral Home,
Grosse Pointe Woods, MI

Sydney Laakso
Washburn-McReavy Funeral Chapels,
Minneapolis, MN

Jesse McElroy-Torquato
Perman Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc.,
Pittsburgh, PA

Jodie McGinley
Smith North Little Rock Funeral Home,
Little Rock, AR

Dawn Nelson
Zacherl Funeral Home
Fond du Lac, WI

Anna Nesbit
Soxman Funeral Homes, Ltd.,
Pittsburgh, PA

Katie Schubel
Baue Funeral Home,
St. Charles, MO

Jess Wakefield
Keaton’s Mortuary,
San Rafael, CA

Douglas Wilson
Smith-Westbrook Funeral Home,
Beebe, AR