Applications Must be Submitted by June 15

All Connecticut high school seniors pursuing careers as funeral directors now can apply for scholarship funds from the Connecticut Funeral Directors Association (CFDA). The statewide professional organization will award three (3) graduating high school seniors with $500 in scholarship funds to be used toward their education and professional training. Applications must be submitted by June 15, 2021.

“Members of the Connecticut Funeral Directors Association know the importance of helping families and individuals during what can be the most difficult of times, and we encourage and support young women and men interested in providing this important care and service,” explains David W. MacDonald, CFSP, CPC, CCO, a licensed funeral director and President of the Connecticut Funeral Directors Association. “Our objective is to ensure that there will continue to be qualified professionally educated and trained individuals to serve families and individuals in the future.”

All funeral directors/embalmers in the State of Connecticut are licensed. The licensure requirements include a degree in mortuary science or funeral service from an accredited college or university, successful completion of the National Conference Board Examination, and a one-year apprenticeship under the direct supervision of a licensed funeral director/embalmer. The Connecticut Funeral Directors Association works closely with the Funeral Service Program at East Hartford’s Goodwin University, one of many in the U.S. CFDA members offer professional guidance and career opportunities for the school’s students and faculty.

To be eligible for the Connecticut Funeral Directors Association’s scholarship award for high school seniors pursuing careers in funeral service, candidates must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a high school senior who will graduate in June 2021;
  • Be a legal resident of the State of Connecticut;
  • Be pursuing a career as a funeral director; and
  • Have maintained at least a B grade point average in the 10th, 11th and 12th

All candidates must submit the application form and a current high school transcript and an essay responding to the question: Why are You Pursuing a Career as a Funeral Director? The application form must be neat and legible, and filled out completely.

The deadline for applications for the Connecticut Funeral Directors Association’s “Family Support Services Scholarship” program is TUESDAY, JUNE 15, 2021. To download an application and get contest rules, go to To ask questions about the college scholarship program and request an application to be mailed, call the Connecticut Funeral Directors Association (CFDA) at
860-721-0234 or 800-919-2332.

The 132-year-old Connecticut Funeral Directors Association is comprised of funeral directors at more than 220 funeral homes. Based in Wethersfield, Conn., the professional organization is committed to the promotion and advocacy of high ethical standards in funeral service. This includes the development and presentation of ongoing professional training opportunities for practitioners and educational programs for association members and the public. For more information about the Connecticut Funeral Directors Association or its holiday collection drive, call 860-721-0234 or 800-919-2332, or visit