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Funeral Service Organizations

American Board of Funeral Service Education
38 Florida Ave
Portland, ME 04103

Fifty to sixty $500 - $2,500 scholarships available annually from various donor organizations. Administered by the ABFSE Scholarship Committee which meets in April and October. Applicants must have completed at least one term of study in a funeral service program accredited by ABFSE. Taken into careful consideration are financial need, academic performance, extracurricular and/or community activities, recommendations submitted and articulateness of the scholarship application itself.

Australian Funeral Directors Association
700 High St
PO Box 291
Kew East 3102
Victoria, Australia
613-9859-9966 - John Ryan

Various scholarships available, $6,000-$10,000. Available to AFDA members. Essay is required; some have age requirements. Administered by Australian Funeral Directors Association.

Funeral Service Association of Canada
6-14845 Yonge Street, Suite 192
Aurora Ontario L4G 6H8
905-841-7779 - Suzanne Scott
Fax: 905-841-0997

$1,000 scholarship available. Available to any funeral service student in his/her last year of study or last apprentice year; essay of not less than 2,000 words; and subject related to funeral service and/or the practice of thanatology.

Funeral Service Foundation
13625 Bishop's Drive
Brookfield, WI 53005
877-402-5900, 262-789-1880

Available to adult students of any age, the Funeral Service Foundation manages a number of Mortuary Science and other professional development scholarships. Key Memories scholarships are funded through an endowment from Keystone Holdings Group, Inc. The Joseph Hagan Memorial Scholarships honor one of funeral service's finest directors. Scholarships to attend the NFDA's Professional Women's Conference are awarded annually. For more information and links to additional scholarship opportunities, visit or call toll-free 877-402-5900.

International Conference of Funeral Service Examining Boards Inc
PO Drawer E
Huntsville, AR 72740

Scholarships administered through the American Board of Funeral Service Education.

International Order of the Golden Rule
13523 Lakefront Dr
Bridgeton, MO 63045 
800-637-8030 – Education Coordinator

Scholarships with amounts depending upon monies contributed. Applicant must be a mortuary science major, entering his/her final year of study, have maintained a "B" grade average in mortuary science courses, been involved in school and community service activities and must demonstrate excellence in the pursuit of knowledge in mortuary science.

Jewish Funeral Directors of America
150 Lynnway, Ste 506
Lynn, MA 01902
617-477-9300 - Florence Pressman

One $500, 1,000, $1,500 scholarships. Open to all mortuary science students. Scholarships are awarded through an annual essay contest. Topic is announced every year immediately after Thanksgiving.

National Funeral Directors & Morticians Association
3951 Snapfinger Pkwy, Ste 570
Decatur, GA 30035

Scholarships vary. Eligibility for the award, student must have completed at least one of the last three quarters as a full-time student in a program of Mortuary Science education or funeral service accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education. Have demonstrated responsibility with a good attendance record and minimum grade point average of 2.5 on  a 4.0 scale. Have demonstrated qualities of professionalism which are needed for success in funeral service. Be a citizen of the United States. Applications must be received by the committee by June 30 of each year. Applicants submitting late or incomplete applications will be eliminated from the competition.

National Funeral Directors Association
13625 Bishop's Dr
Brookfield, WI 53005

Scholarships administered through the American Board of Funeral Service Education.

Pinellas County Funeral Homes Association
PO Box 11704
St. Petersburg, FL 33733
Contact: Susan Kelly

Two $500 scholarships. Must be a St. Petersburg Junior College student in funeral service. The Pinellas County Funeral Home Association offers semesterly scholarships to students in their second year and accepted into the St. Petersburg College Funeral Service  program through the St. Petersburg College Foundation. Students interested in this scholarship should visit the St. Petersburg College Foundation website at