ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIPS

About our 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. Students who have been accepted into a program, but have not started coursework are not eligible to apply.

Scholarships are also available for US and Canadian Military Veterans. Learn more.

Submission Cycles

Applications accepted:

  • February 15-April 1
  • September 15 – November 1
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ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIPS

Up to 24 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.

SUBMISSION CYCLES

Applications accepted:

  • February 15-April 1
  • September 15 – November 1
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Available 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.

Hunter M. Harbeson Memorial Scholarship
NEW THIS YEAR

Named in memory Hunter M. Harbeson, who, like generations before him, including his father Jeff “The Funeral Commander” Harbeson, served in the US military. The scholarship is available to US military veterans who are pursuing an education in funeral service.
Donate to the scholarship fund.

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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Terms & Guidelines

  • 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.

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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CONGRATULATIONS TO THE CLASS OF 2021

Samantha Joey Barnes | Springdale, AR
Mid-America College of Funeral Service
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.”

Matthew Martin | Kenosha, WI
Worsham College of Mortuary Science
Foundation ’45 Scholarship – $5,000 

“I 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!” 

Rachel Neiman | Chicago, IL
Malcolm X College
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.”

Micheline Walkey | Sechelt, BC, Canada
Canadian College of Funeral Service
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.”

Katherine Barnes | Indianapolis, IN
Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science
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.”

Vanderbilt Brabson | The Brox, NY
American Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Service Education
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 | Detroit, MI
Wayne State University
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.”

Alicia Kerr | Toronto, ON, Canada
Humber College
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 | Corvallis, TN
John A. Gupton College
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 | Kelowna, BC, Canada
Canadian College of Funeral Service
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.”

Ashli McCall | Tallahassee, FL
St. Petersburg College
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 | Brooklyn, NY
American Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Service Education
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 | Brooklyn, NY
State University of New York – Canton
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 | York, ON, Canada
Humber College
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.”

Rachel Oerlemans | Bowmanville, ON, Canada
Humber College
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 | Long Island City, NY
American Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Service Education
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 | Coon Rapids, MN
Des Moines Area Community College
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.”

Opal Tatom | Wichita Falls, TX
Dallas Institute of Funeral Service
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 | Waycross, GA
Ogeechee Technical College
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.”

Edy Ballard | Morristown, IN
Vincennes University
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!”

Frank Fragapane | Rome, NY
State University of New York – Canton
Steve Lang 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.”

Amber Perez | West Allis, WI
Milwaukee Area Technical College
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.”

Kyle Wiegel | Chicago, IL
Worsham College of Mortuary Science
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.”

Hunter Keller | Billings, MT
Arapahoe Community College
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.”

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE CLASS OF 2020

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CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR 2019 SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR 2018 SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS