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The 2021 application period is now open. Application deadline is Friday, January 15, 2021.

Information & Instructions

REGISTER - Click on the Register/Log In tab to create your account. Please be sure to remember your username and password as you will be permitted to save your progress and return to your application.

    Qualified applicants must meet the below criteria:

  • Be enrolled in a college or university program which has received accreditation from the American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE)
  • Enrolled at the time of the scholarship deadline
  • Cannot be a former recipient of the SCI Mortuary Science scholarship

  • If chosen as a finalist, applicant must also be enrolled at the time of the virtual scholarship event in April 2021.


    – Provide a written response to both of the following questions:
  • Funeral Directors are known to be compassionate. Provide an example of when you demonstrated this quality.
  • The funeral and cemetery service profession is grounded in lasting relationships and providing excellent service. Provide an example of how you provided quality service in your community, in the classroom, or on the job.


ESSAY - Write a 200-250 word personal statement describing (pick one of the following):

  • What role models, outside of your family, would you consider to be important to you and why?
  • Why have you chosen funeral service for your profession?
  • How do you feel that the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted funeral service and shaped you as a student?

Video Submissions

Video - Videotape responses are required for the below questions. Your entire video, answering both questions should be at least 3 minutes but no more than 5 minutes in length. Once you have successfully completed your video, upload it to Uploading instructions can be found here, .

Required Question #1: The funeral profession continues to evolve while supporting many traditions and religious backgrounds. What emerging trends have the potential to change the future of our profession?


Required Question #2: What strengths make you most effective and how do you plan to utilize them in a professional career?


Tips for filming your video:


  • Before uploading your video, review for adequate lighting, volume, absence of background noises and overall quality.
  • Get started on your video well in advance of the application deadline.
  • Introduce yourself and identify the mortuary science school you are enrolled in and are currently attending.
  • Partner with a professor, family member or friend to produce your video message.
  • While filming, use a tripod for stability or position your camera on a hard surface.
  • When answering a question, restate the question in your answer so those viewing are clear about your topic.
  • While practicing your answers, practice it out loud, noticing your body posture, facial expressions and tone of voice.
  • Do not discuss with other students who may be applying to the scholarship, the content of your video or application responses.
  • When uploading your video to YouTube be sure to make it UNLISTED, so only those you share the link with can view. Instructions on making your video Unlisted can be found here

TRANSCRIPT - Secure a copy and upload your most recent official transcript with your cumulative grade point average. If you are a newly enrolled student and have not received an official transcript with your grades, please attach the last official transcript from your previous school. It is also recommended that you request a copy of your official transcript at least 3 weeks prior to the application deadline.

Once your official transcript is available, email it to by January 29, 2021 to have it added to your application.

If you have any questions or experience technical difficulties completing the application, please contact (Important Note: To avoid emails going into your Spam or Junk folders proactively add this email address to your Safe Sender list:

REVIEW - Before clicking SUBMIT, ensure you have successfully completed your application and uploaded your personal statement, transcript, resume (if applicable), and the URL to your uploaded video.


  • The April 2021 event will be held virtually.
  • Scholarship award monies will be applied directly to the student’s tuition balance or outstanding loan balances.
  • Scholarship recipients will also be considered for apprenticeships and/or full-time career opportunities within SCI as they become available across the United States. (Relocation may be required).
  • Recognition in leading funeral service publications.

If you have any questions or experience technical difficulties completing the application, please email (Important Note: To avoid emails going into your Spam or Junk folders proactively add this email address to your Safe Sender list: