American Board of Funeral Service Education National Scholarship

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Amount
Awarded

$1,500

Awarded

Application Deadline

March 1

Sunday
Awarded By:

American Board of Funeral Service Education

Number of Awards & Eligibility: The number of awards offered varies annually and is dependent on funding.
In order to qualify, students must meet the following criteria:
  1. This award is for U.S. students.
  2. Must be a U.S. citizen.
  3. Must be enrolled in a funeral service or mortuary science program.
  4. Must have completed at least one semester (or quarter) of study in his/her program AND must have at least one term or semester remaining which will commence after the award date (April or September) in order to be considered for a full award. (Students with less than a full term of study remaining will be considered for partial awards.)
  5. Must be enrolled in a program accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education. Students in coordinated programs are only eligible for an award during the period of attendance at the American Board accredited institution. A listing of accredited programs is available online at www.abfse.org/html/directory.html.

In order to qualify, students must meet the following criteria:

Description: College students who have completed one or more terms of study in funeral service or mortuary science education are eligible for this award. Students must be U.S. citizens.

Application requirements for the American Board of Funeral Service Education National Scholarship are:

  • Application form
  • Essay
  • Recommendation letter(s)
  • Official Transcript
  • Enrollment verification
  • Tax documents
Additional Information: A student must have completed at least one semester (or quarter) of study in a program in funeral service or mortuary science education accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education in order to be eligible. If a student is in a coordinated program he/she is only eligible for an award during the period of attendance at the American Board of Funeral Service Education accredited institution. An eligible applicant must also have one or more terms or semesters remaining in his/her program which will commence after the award date (April or September) in order to be considered for a full award. Students with less than a full term of study remaining will be considered for partial awards. The scholarship committee takes into consideration these factors: financial need, academic performance, extracurricular and/or community activities, letter of recommendation, and the articulateness of the scholarship application. Applicants are notified approximately one month after the committee meeting.

Award Amount: $500 to $2,500 annually, non-renewable. Students may apply once per calendar year for consideration.  The total dollars awarded for this scholarship is $1,500.

Deadline Information:

Deadline for this scholarship is Sunday, March 1

Deadline Information:

Deadline for this scholarship is Sunday, March 1

Applications are available online from the American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE) website. The student must complete the application online and submit additional materials by mail. Each student must submit the following materials for a complete application packet: a printed copy of the email confirmation received after submission of the online application; a photocopy of the first page of his/her spouse's tax return if the spouse files separately (if applicable); a personal essay that addresses his/her decision and choice to pursue a funeral service education; official transcripts for his/her funeral service/mortuary program only; and a copy of the first page of his/her or his/her parents' (if a dependent) federal tax return for the previous year. The student must also submit a copy of his/her FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) if he/she filed one. The following required documents must be submitted by the appropriate official directly to the ABFSE office: typed and signed letter(s) of recommendation on letterhead, from someone other than a faculty member or mortuary college official, family member or friend; and a letter from the director of the student's program verifying actual enrollment in the program and anticipated graduation date. All materials must be sent to the address provided and must be postmarked by March 1 or Sept. 1. Faxes are not accepted.
Contact: Scholarship Committee
Address: 992 Mantua Pike Suite 108 Woodbury Heights, New Jersey 08097

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