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State Funeral Director Associations

State Funeral Director Associations

State Funeral Directors Associations are a useful source for scholarships. Locate your state below for more information.



PMB 380
7956 Vaughn Rd.
Montgomery, AL 36116
Phone: 334-856-8000
Fax: 334-956-8001

Two $1,000 scholarships, $500 per semester. Applicant must be resident of state, monies paid directly to school.



2753 C. Broadway
Suite 101
Mesa, AZ 85204-1579
Phone: 480-649-1444
Fax: 480-649-0362

One $500 scholarship for a student attending Mesa Community College School of Mortuary Science. One $500 scholarship for a son or daughter of a member of AFDA or a child of an employee of a firm member. Deadline for application is October 31st of each year.


1401 West 6th Street
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone: 501-687-9860 
Fax: 501-372-4505
Website: www.arfda.com

Amount determined by Scholarship Committee, applicants must be full time student, Arkansas resident, have completed an internship at an accredited mortuary school, and agree to work in Arkansas for at least two years after graduation.

One Capitol Mall, Suite 320 
Sacramento, CA 95814 
Toll Free: 800-255-2332
Phone: 916-325-2361
Fax: 916-444-7462

Two $1,000 scholarships. Letter of recommendation regarding personal qualifications and professional promise needed. A financial statement and a typed 500-word essay explaining motivations for selection of a career in funeral service also required. All applicants must interview with Selection Committee.

350 Silas Deane Highway Suite 202 
Wethersfield, CT 06109 
Phone: 860-721-0234 - John F. Cascio
Fax: 860-257-3617

  • Family Support Services Scholarship Award Application:
    CFDA annually awards eight (8) $500 scholarships (one in each Connecticut county) to students interested in pursuing careers in a profession that provides emotional or medical support to families. Deadline for scholarships is April 8 of each year
  • Mortuary Science Scholarship Award Application:
    This scholarship Award program has been established to support the commitment by providing $1000 in scholarship funds to be awarded to qualified students whose plans are to complete their education in an accredited mortuary science school and serve the public in their chosen profession in the state of Connecticut.

150 South Monroe St., Suite 305
PO Box 10727 
Tallahassee, FL 32302 
Toll Free: 800-226-3332
Phone: 850-224-1969
Fax: 850-224-7965

The Association receives multiple donations each year for scholarships. A minimum of $3,000 will be given each year. Funeral Services, Inc. (FSI) has established a scholarship fund in the name of Doug Stowell and will award two scholarships per year at $500 each. Service Corporations, Inc. (SCI) has established a scholarship fund and will award four scholarships per year at $500 each (totaling $2,000). Applications can be downloaded from the Florida Cemetery, Cremation & Funeral Association website.

PO Box 1865
Roswell, GA 30077
Phone: 770-592-8002 - Randy Norred 
Fax: 770-592-3686

One $1,500 scholarship. Must be a resident of Georgia, enrolled in a mortuary science program and provide letters of recommendation.

c/o Mt. Hood Community College 
26000 SE Stark St Gresham, OR 97030 
Phone: 503-491-6941 or 503-491-6940 - Marilyn Newman, Financial Aid Clerk 
Fax: 503-491-6050

Three $592 scholarships. All inquiries are to be made directly to Mt. Hood. Scholarship information is not available through the association office. Idaho residents only.

215 South Grand Ave West 
Springfield, IL 62704 
Phone: 217-525-2000
Fax: 217-525-8342

Three $750 scholarships to each of the four Illinois schools totaling $9,000. Available to Illinois residents only. Students should contact the school they are attending and request an application.

1305 West 96th St, Ste A
Indianapolis, IN 46260
Phone: 317-846-2448
Fax: 317-846-6534

IFDA offers one $2,000 scholarship and three $1000 scholarships. Three are through the foundation: The Isaac Ball Scholarship ($2,000). The Executive Director scholarship ($1,000), and the Foundation scholarship ($1,000 ). The association offers one $1,000 Frank W. Moore Scholarship. Student must fill out the Scholarship Application Form (available on website) and then apply for any of the separate scholarships by following the submission instructions for each scholarship. Deadline is May 1st of each year.

1454 30th Street
West Des Moines, IA 50266
Phone: 515-270-0130 - Carol A. Fleagle or Heather McClure
Fax: 515-270-1569

Must be legal Iowa resident and intend to practice funeral service in Iowa upon graduation, have completed two years and have accumulated 60 credits at an accredited college or university; be enrolled in and attending a program in funeral service or mortuary science education accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education. Students in coordinated programs are only eligible for an award during a period of attendance at the American Board accredited program; have at least one term or semester remaining in his/her program which will commence after the award date in order to be considered for an award.

Jack G. Dodds Scholarship 
The Jack G. Dodds Scholarship is one scholarship of $1,000. To be eligible, students must meet the above requirements and have been admitted to or enrolled in the mortuary science program at Des Moines Area Community College.

James R. Corson Scholarship 
The James R. Corson Scholarship is one scholarship of $750 and is awarded during the Annual Convention. To be eligible, students must be a graduate of a four-year college or university and be attending or planning to attend Des Moines Area Community College.

Bruce Overton Scholarship 
The Bruce Overton Scholarship is one scholarship of $500 and is awarded during the Annual Convention. To be eligible, students must meet the above requirements and have completed four years at an accredited college or university and obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree or a Bachelor of Sciences degree.

Susan L. Mitchell Scholarship
The Susan L. Mitchell Scholarship is one scholarship of $500 and is awarded during the Annual Convention. To be eligible, students must meet the above requirements and have been enrolled in the mortuary science program at Des Moines Area Community College.


1200 SW Kansas Ave 
Topeka, KS 66602 
Phone: 785-232-7789 - Pamela F. Scott 
Fax: 785-232-7791 

Applicant must be currently enrolled in a minimum of 12 hours in a mortuary science education program at an accredited mortuary science school for the semester which the scholarship will be applied. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic achievement, leadership qualities, financial need and special abilities. Applicant must submit a written application including a copy of the applicants college transcript . Applications can be obtained at www.ksfda.org, click on Scholarship Application.

PO Box 4779 
Frankfort, KY 40604 
Toll Free: 800-866-3211 
Phone: 502-223-0622 - Sidney Fogle 
Fax: 502-223-0628 

The Scholarship foundation trust awards two (2) $3,000 scholarships per year to qualifying applicants. The student must be a resident of the State of Kentucky for at least the last two (2) immediately proceeding years. Must agree to work in the state for at least two years following issuance of license, must agree to repay the award if fail to meet requirements or are no longer enrolled in school.

309 Saint Landry St 
Lafayette, LA 70506 
Phone: 337-289-5950 – Gene Walters 
Fax: 337-289-5951
Website: www.lfdaweb.org

Scholarships ($ amount to be determined) will be awarded to the persons who attend an accredited college offering instruction in Mortuary Science. The recipient must meet requirements of the Louisiana State Board of Embalmer and Funeral Directors. If requested, the applicant will make a personal appearance before the scholarship committee. Applicants must be legal resident of State of Louisiana for the past two years, have a GPA of 2.5 or higher during each semester or quarter to continue receiving scholarship payments.

38 Young Avenue 
Brunswick, ME 04011
Attention:  Sally L. Belanger, CFSP, Executive Director 
Phone: 207-729-9100 
Fax: 207-729-0143

One $500 scholarship. Must be a student from Maine and plan to return to work in Maine.

311 Crain Hwy., SE 
Glen Burnie, MD 21061 
Toll Free: 888-459-9683 
Phone: 410-553-9106 
Fax: 410-443-9107 

One $1,000 scholarship, the Daniel T. Mulheran Memorial Scholarship. Applicants must have completed 15 hours in an accredited mortuary science program with no "D" grade and a GPA of 2.5. Taken into consideration will be financial need, academic performance, extracurricular and community activities, recommendations submitted, and articulateness of the application itself. Applications must be received by October 1st. 

c/o Michigan Mortuary Science Foundation 
PO Box 27158 
Lansing, MI 48909 
Phone: 517-349-9565 – Philip Douma 
Fax: 517-349-9819 

Three $550 - $2,200 scholarships. Must write an essay and attend Wayne State University.

10800 Old County Road 15 
Plymouth, MN 55441 
Phone: 763-416-0124 
Fax: 763-398-0118 

Two $1,000 scholarships. Applies to tuition only for the mortuary science program at the University of Minnesota, payable in the first quarter of the senior year. Must be a resident of Minnesota and submit high school and/or college transcripts, two essays and letter(s) of recommendation. 

PO Box 2033
Jackson, MS 39225-2932
Phone: 888-759-6332
Fax: 601-978-1950

One $500 scholarship. Number of scholarships given depends upon money available annually and need. Must be a resident of Mississippi attending an accredited mortuary science school, be enrolled in the final year of professional education; submit a letter of recommendation from a practicing funeral director, other than a family member; plan to serve his/her internship within the State of Mississippi. 

P.O. Box 104688 
Jefferson City, MO 65110-4688 
Phone: 573-635-1661 - Sherry Anderson 
Fax: 573-635-9494
Email: info@mofuneral.org
Web: www.mofuneral.org

Three to five mortuary science scholarships could be awarded up to $1,000 and $500 for funeral directing program. Must be resident of Missouri and plan to work in Missouri following graduation.

PO Box 4267 
Helena, MT 59604-4267 
Phone: 406-449-7244 
Fax: 406-443-0979 

Up to two $1,000 scholarships. Must plan to return to Montana to work. 

6201 S. 58th St., Suite B
Lincoln, NE 08516
Phone: 402-423-8000
Fax: 402-420-0031
Email: staff@nefda.org 
Website: www.nefda.org

Minimum - $1,000; number of scholarships given depends upon money available annually. Must be a graduate of a Nebraska high school, meet all pre-mortuary school educational requirements of the Nebraska Department of Regulations and Licensure Credentialing Division, be recommended by a Nebraska FDA member, and be a resident of Nebraska. 

62 Main Street 
PO Box 386 
Pittsfied, NH 03263 
Phone: 603-435-7953 - David J. Pollard 
Fax: 603-496-2275 

One $500 scholarship. Must be a student from New Hampshire and plan to return to work in New Hampshire. 

1977 Hwy 34 
Wall Circle Plaza 
Wall, NJ 07719 
Phone: 732-974-9444 - Maryann Carroll 
Fax: 732-974-8144 

Up to four $2,000 scholarships available annually. Applicants must be currently registered in a mortuary science program and resident of New Jersey. Applications due by June 30 each year. Consideration based on academic performance and commitment to funeral service. Financial need not the main determinant. Application includes a written essay, transcripts, letters of recommendation and interview. Call for information on additional scholarships offered by district associations. ns. 

1 S. Family Drive
Albany, NY 12205 
Phone: 518-452-8230 
Fax: 518-452-8667 

Tribute Foundation Scholarship - Provides $3,000 to qualified mortuary science students who reside in the state of New York and are enrolled in accredited mortuary science programs. Eligibility includes first- and second-year students, online students, and students working toward a BS degree in the mortuary science field of endeavor.

Samuel Q. Baxter Scholarship - Provides $500 to qualified students in their second year of a mortuary science program. 

5860 Faringdon Pl, Ste 2 
Raleigh, NC 27609-3931 
Toll Free: 800-616-2332 
Phone: 919-876-7886 - Larry Stegall 
Fax: 919-876-5382 

One $400 scholarship. Also offer student loans. Applications considered only between June 1 - July 15 each year for North Carolina residents. For $400 scholarship, must attend Fayetteville Technical Community College. 

14658 Maple Drive, SE 
Mentor, MN 56736-9486 
Phone: 701-360-3118 – Terry Henriksen 
Fax: 877-353-8938 


Scholarship amount varies. Offered to North Dakota residents who intend to practice in North Dakota upon graduation. Applicant must be in the senior year of a mortuary science education program. Academic performance, extracurricular activities, and letters of recommendation are also considered.

PO Box 21760 
Columbus, OH 43221-0760 
Phone: 614-486-5339 - Stephen J. Gehlert or Melissa Sullivan 
Fax: 614-486-5358 

Ten to fifteen $500 - $3,000 scholarships (may vary). Offered to mortuary students who attend Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science or Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science and plan to work in Ohio upon graduation. 

6801 N Broadway #106 
Oklahoma City, OK 73116 
Phone: 405-843-0730 - Jay Baines 
Fax: 405-843-5404 

Up to $1,500 per individual in scholarships (number of scholarships depends on need, number of applicants and available funds). Must practice in Oklahoma after licensure or monies must be repaid. Requires a letter of recommendation from an OFDA member. 

c/o Mt. Hood Community College 
26000 SE Stark St 
Gresham, OR 97030 
Phone: 503-491-6941 or 503-491-6940 – Bill Malcom 
Fax: 503-491-6050 

One $1,500 scholarship. Must be enrolled as a full-time funeral service student at Mount Hood Community College with a minimum of 35 completed credit hours, prove financial need for aid and retain a 3.0 GPA. Scholarship monies must be used for tuition; requires two letters of recommendation from school instructors or counselors. 

7441 Allentown Blvd 
Harrisburg, PA 17112-3609 
Phone: 717-545-7215 - John W. Eirkson 
Fax: 717-545-7360 

Two $500 scholarships. Selection done by schools. 

1616 Church St 
Nashville, TN 37203 
Phone: 615-321-8792 - Bob Batson 
Fax: 615-321-8794 

Two $1,000 scholarships. Must be a Tennessee resident. 

1513 South Interstate 35 
Austin, TX 78741 
Phone: 512-442-2304 
Fax: 512-443-3559 

Six $250 scholarships (two per year to three schools). Must be a student attending a mortuary school in Texas. 

P.O. Box 454 
Woodstock, VT 05091-0454 
Phone: 802-457-1224- Gregory Camp
Fax: 802-457-1026 
Website: www.vtfda.org

Scholarships vary. Must be a Vermont state resident. Contact VFDA for further information.

1011 E. Main Street, Ste 400|
Richmond, VA 23219
Phone: 804-264-0505
Fax: 804-264-3260
Email: info@vfda.net 
Website: www.vfda.net

One $500 scholarship. Must be a Virginia resident, employed by a VFDA-member firm, prove financial need, have a 2.0 GPA and write a 200-word essay. May apply six months prior to entering college or, if already enrolled, funds will be applied to second term.

Scholarship Committee
2115 South 56th Street, Suite 105
Tacoma, WA 98409
Phone: 253-588-7111 – Jewell Steffensen
Fax: 253-588-7444 

Awards scholarships to persons enrolling full-time in Mortuary College. The number and amount of the scholarships, if any, vary from year to year, the minimum amount being $500. Deadline for application is April of each year. Contact WSFDA for further information.


815 Quarrier St, Ste 345 
Charleston, WV 25301-2616 
Phone: 304-345-4711 
Fax: 304-346-6416 

George E. Reger Memorial Scholarship provides funds to persons who have chosen to enter the funeral profession. Application process is as follows: request application from association office, must be a WV resident for at least two years prior to mortuary school entry. Financial need must be demonstrated, must have maintained at least a 2.5 grade point average, must complete all required application form.

22 E Mifflin St, Ste 1010
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: 608-256-1757

For more information, please contact: 
Gary Langendorf
Draeger-Langendorf Funeral Home & Crematory
4600 County Line Road
Racine, WI 53403
Phone: 262-552-9000

Scholarships are only given to Wisconsin residents, but attendance at an out of state school qualifies. Consideration for attendance at two year school is given after the first year is completed. 

6135 Trailhead Rd 
Highlands Ranch, CO 80126 
Toll Free: 888-678-9332 
Phone: 303-471-6072 - Curtis D. Rostad 
Fax: 303-471-6081
Email: infor@wyfda.org 
Website: www.wyomingfda.org/ 

One $1,000 scholarship. Must be resident of Wyoming. Monies paid directly to the school.