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The median annual wage for funeral service managers was $73,830 in May 2016. The median annual wage for morticians, undertakers, and funeral directors was $50,090 in May 2016. Overall employment of funeral service workers is projected to grow 5 percent from 2014 to 2024, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Those who are licensed as funeral directors and embalmers and who are willing to relocate should have the best job opportunities. Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Awards of Excellence Scholarship Program - The Order of the Golden Rule created the Awards of Excellence Scholarship Program to bestow $2,000 to $3,500 upon mortuary science majors attending ABFSE-accredited schools across the United States. Suitable applicants are graduating, college-bound high school seniors who hold a cumulative GPA above 3.0, are involved in community service, and devoted to working at independently-owned funeral homes. Recipients attend the OGR Annual Conference & Supplier Showcase for free.

Danny Carroll Memorial Scholarships - Founded in 2010, the Danny Carroll Memorial Scholarships gift $750 to honor the past North Carolina Funeral Directors Association (NCFDA) President who tragically died in a plane crash. Each Spring, the financial assistance is given to two promising mortuary science students attending ABFSE-accredited, in-state programs full-time. Applicants must submit a recent transcript, write a 1,000-word personal essay, and record a three-minute video about their future funeral service contributions.

H.L. Minor and Daniel R. Brown Scholarship - Since 1977, the Virginia Morticians’ Association Inc. has celebrated two Richmond funeral directors’ careers by awarding the H.L. Minor and Daniel R. Brown Scholarship for $1,000. Appropriate applicants are enrolled in ABFSE-accredited mortuary science programs, anticipate graduation in two years, have a minimum “C” average or 2.5 GPA, intend to become Virginia funeral service licensees, and provide a recommendation from an active VMA member.

Michigan Mortuary Science Foundation Scholarship - Offering up to $3,000 per year, the Michigan Mortuary Science Foundation Scholarship is bestowed by the Michigan Funeral Directors Association (MFDA) for lowering tuition at ABFSE-accredited mortuary science programs across America. To qualify, students must have resided in the “Great Lakes State” for 12+ months, demonstrate academic merit, and provide a reference from a member mortician. Online forms must be accompanied by a five-minute video response to three questions.

Tribute Foundation Scholarship Program - Sponsored by the New York State Funeral Directors Association (NYSFDA), the Tribute Foundation Scholarship Program was started in 2008 to financially bolster undergrads working toward an Associate or Bachelor of Science degree from ABFSE-accredited mortuary science schools. Eligible freshmen and sophomores must submit their latest school transcript, two letters of recommendation, and a 500-word essay about their aspirations as morticians. Preference is given to individuals currently working at registered New York funeral homes.

William Aaron Scholarship Program - The Arizona Funeral, Cemetery and Cremation Association (AZFCCA) hosts the William Aaron Scholarship Program annually to award $1,000 for full-time students in the ABFSE-accredited mortuary science program at Mesa Community College’s Williams Education Center. Suitable applicants must legally reside in one of Arizona’s 15 counties, maintain a “B” average or higher, pursue in-state licensure, exhibit financial need, and write a essay titled “Why I Want to Be a Funeral Director.”

 State Programs

ALABAMA - Bishop State College: Baker-Gaines Central Campus - Three hundred (300) $1,800 per year scholarships available. Students in mortuary science/funeral service education may apply for any of the 300 state-approved scholarships. Applications may be requested from the college at anytime.

Arkansas State University Mountain Home - Four scholarships available; two at $425 each for full-time students and two at $200 each for part-time students. Enrolled at Arkansas State University Mountain Home. Scholarships not limited to funeral science students. Must be resident of Arkansas, GPA of 2.5 for one scholarship and 3.0 for the other scholarship and three letters or recommendation.

University of Arkansas Community College at Hope Funeral Service Program - Numerous scholarships available, ranging from $250 to payment of full tuition. For further information on all scholarships, please contact the school.

CALIFORNIA - American River College - Financial Aid and General Scholarship Information can be located at The college accepts federal and state financial aid. Scholarships available for funeral service education students: California Funeral Directors Association Scholarship; Valley Lode .

FLORIDA - Miami-Dade Community College: MDC North Campus - The school offers financial assistance. Qualifications based on scholarship and need. Scholarship available, $250-$500. Based on academics, need and enrollment in the funeral services program.

Gupton-Jones College - Several scholarships are available ranging from $500 - $2500. Students must be in their third quarter of studies at Gupton-Jones. Many scholarships are based on grades and some require writing an essay. 

Ogeechee Technical College -  - The HOPE Scholarship is for qualifying Georgia residents who have met certain academic criteria set forth by the state. Potentially, complete tuition may be paid so that a student has no tuition for their time in college for which they meet the requirements. Georgia Funeral Directors Association Scholarship, Independent Funeral Directors of Georgia/Chandler Family Scholarship, Academy of Graduate Embalmers of Georgia Scholarship, and the Georgia Funeral Service Practitioners Association Scholarship are also available. Pell grants and special OTC Foundation assistance is also available based upon financial need.

Southern Illinois University at Carbondale - College of Applied Sciences and Arts - MC6615 - Ten $250 - $1,000 scholarships. Students must be enrolled full-time in the mortuary science program at SIUC.

Worsham College of Mortuary Science - Two $1,000 scholarship in the name of Bruno B. Bak and many other scholarships available. Contact the college office for more information.

Community College of Baltimore County - Catonsville Campus - Mortuary Science Department - William A. Fialkowski Jr. Memorial Scholarship available only to mortuary science. Other schoolwide/national/local scholarships available as well.

FINE Mortuary College, LLC - Several scholarships available ranging from $250 to $1000. Student must have completed at least 2 courses at FINE, earned a satisfactory GPA and have a good record of attendance.

New England Funeral Service Education at Mount Ida College - Scholarships range from $500 - $3,000. Merit and need-based scholarships and grants also available. Applicant must have applied and been accepted to the Institute to apply for a scholarship. Returning students are also eligible to apply. Good academic standing is an important criteria.

Wayne State University - Department of Mortuary Science - One $500 scholarship. Applicants must have completed one semester within the mortuary science department and have achieved a minimum 3.3 GPA. Recipients will be selected by the college.

Minnesota - University of Minnesota Program of Mortuary Science

NEW JERSEY - Mercer County Community College - One to four $500 scholarships determined by amount available from Alumni Association and MCCC Foundation funds. Blanchard Scholarship is for students not eligible for financial aid scholarships from other sources. Financial aid and/or scholarships are available from several district funeral director associations.

NORTH CAROLINA - Fayetteville Technical Community College - Scholarship/Financial Aid Information: Scholarships are available. 

OFDA - Ohio Funeral Directors Association Scholarship: Applications are available in May for current students entering in the fall. Interviews are in July and awards are determined by August. Applicants must be an Ohio resident with a cumulative GPA of 2.0. Scholarships are paid the last two terms of enrollment.

OKLAHOMA - University of Central Oklahoma - Funeral Service Department - Several national organizations offer scholarships

PENNSYLVANIA - Northampton Community College - Two $500 - $1,000 scholarships. Applicant must have at least a 3.0 GPA and be a full-time funeral service education student. Contact department chairperson for further information.

Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science - Scholarships vary, currently $1,000 each. Must currently be a student at Pittsburgh Institute.

John A. Gupton College -One full scholarship available. Student must be a Tennessee resident.

TEXAS - Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service - Twelve $250 to $500 scholarships. Donors may stipulate conditions under which the awards are made. Applicants must be full time students at Commonwealth Institute with two quarters of satisfactory progress.

Dallas Institute of Funeral Service - Five or more $250 - $500 scholarships. Must be in the third quarter of schooling at Dallas Institute of Funeral Service. Donors may stipulate conditions under which awards are made.

San Antonio College - Mortuary Science Program - Scholarship information is obtained at
Financial assistance is available through the San Antonio College Financial Aid Office.

About NFDA

NFDA is the world's leading and largest funeral service association, serving 19,700 individual members who represent more than 10,000 funeral homes in the United States and 49 countries around the world. NFDA is the trusted leader, beacon for ethics and the strongest advocate for the profession. NFDA is the association of choice because it offers funeral professionals comprehensive educational resources, tools to manage successful businesses, guidance to become pillars in their communities and the expertise to foster future generations of funeral professionals. NFDA is headquartered in Brookfield, Wis., and has an office in Washington, D.C.